Good question, I have been wondering about the “special” DSD logo’s that some SACD’s have and some don’t. When you buy SACD’s on line, dealers make these distinctions.
All I know is that you are treading in a can of worms. The chances that you will be able to play DSD from the McTransoort through the PS Audio DAC via Coax and Toslink from a disc are very slim. Most likely you’ll get the PCM CD quality layer. Three criteria apply to make the DSD transmission work, DSD is usually supported on USB and I2S, rarely via coax or Toslink:
- the Particular outputs of the SACD Transport that you have in mind need to support DSD, regardless of being extracted from a SACD layer or from a DVD non encrypted layer
- the question if the DSD logo on the disc means that the disc has a non encrypted DSD layer
- the particular inputs on the PS Audio DAC need to be capable of handling DSD too
The interface information is available int the technical specification part of the manual. Anything that is not mentioned is typically non existing.
If you want to listen to DSD through the PS Audio DAC it may be easier to buy DSD Audio files from for example Blue Coast Records (very good recordings by the way) download them on your DSD capable music server (which may be your computer with a DSD enabled software player) via USB.
Regarding your set-up:
Why did you buy a McIntosh SACD Transport + you are planning to buy a PS DAC? While you could have returned the McIntosh preamp and go all PS Audio up till and including the pre amp?
BHK Pre Amp, Direct Stream DAC and Perfect Wave SACD Transport. Financially it could have been a draw while you would have gotten the smoothness and warmth of the PS Audio, high res PCM and DSD all without any hassle.
That technical synergy and the visual synergy, is why I prefer to stick to one brand where possible. Each component may look cool by itself and have great specs, but you will only get to hear what the system lets through. Making a switch to another brand behind the DAC is often a least limiting factor if you have desire to listen to SACD’s and DSD files. And if the DAC that you don’t like is integral to the pre amp, than return the pre amp and get the PS Audio combo. I trust the BHK Pre can handle the McIntosh Power Amp.