I’ve added an Aurender ACS10 server to my system, feeding the DirectStream Senior over USB. Per the specs the directstream will support all formats I could purchase, sans 2nd MQA unfold
Trying to sort out which might be the best HiRez format for new purchases. Various sites give the nod toward 24bit claiming that DSD might be noisier. Also making claims that most recordings aren’t natively recorded in DSD, so there is typically conversions to produce a DSD file which can insert artifacts into the DSD files. Otherwise, I’m understanding the following as a guideline.
DSD64 roughly equivalent to 24-bit 96KHz
DSD128 roughly equivalent to 24-bit 192KHz
MQA with full unfolds goes roughly to 24-bit 192KHz. Since the directstream doesn’t support MQA through USB, I would only get the 1st unfold from the Aurender. Wondering what native format would be equivalent if missing the second unfold?
Really trying to understand how the handles the various formats and which tends to be the more effective within the DirectStream
Aurender specs its output as USB Audio Class 2.0 – DoP (upto 256), NativeDSD (upto 512), PCM : up to 768KHz/32-bit
Until recently I’ve just been streaming through Tidal. In many cases when I compare redbook quality to the same piece in a hi res version, I really enjoy the high rez much better. Example is Joni Mitchell’s WoodStock. Hands down better. If I’m gonna buy her album, what format should I shoot for?