DSD into Direct Stream Dac


#1

Hi recently got my DSDAC, connected to MSB TECH Universal player which out puts DSD X1. Much better sound and control and no file issues. After the burn in time will compare this DAC to MSB DACIV. I also have the Memory player, initially I feel it handles red book better. More to come.


#2

Sweet! Welcome to the forums!


#3

Yes, welcome and remember that you gotta put a lotta hours on your DS DAC before it sounds like it should.


#4

PWT is King of redbook, no question!


#5
wyattlee said Hi recently got my DSDAC, connected to MSB TECH Universal player which out puts DSD X1. Much better sound and control and no file issues. After the burn in time will compare this DAC to MSB DACIV. I also have the Memory player, initially I feel it handles red book better. More to come.

I don’t know how you can feed DSD out from the MSB player though.

Doesn’t it send out DSD via HDMI or through a proprietary MSB network connection?

Neither of which are supported by the DirectStream DAC.


#6

DSD over HDMI can never be handled by a DAC unless it has the proprietary Sony chipset to decode it. DirectStream does not have this and it’s likely we will never since it requires Sony handle all the D to A duties - which kind of misses the point of building a better sounding DAC. It has to do with strict copyright laws. Sorry.

The HDMI input on DirectStream is specific for I2S.


#7

I have the Multiplayer set to out play SACD in DSD, and it does. And the PS DAC shows DSD input through the XLR from the source.


#8

This is via AES/EBU and not via HDMI.


#9

Not sure if this is the correct forum for this but I am a newbie, especially to digital audio. I’m basically a vinyl guy. What is the difference between the Nuwave DAC and the Nuwave DSD? Which would you recommend and why? Also, what are the dimensions of each? I couldn’t find them anywhere. By the way I am really enjoying my new to me BHK250. Superb amp.


#10

The NuWave DSD is a newer model and can play DSD as well as PCM files. The original NuWave is limited to PCM. Beyond that I don’t know. I think the cases may be the same.


#11
Ira said

Not sure if this is the correct forum for this but I am a newbie, especially to digital audio. I’m basically a vinyl guy. What is the difference between the Nuwave DAC and the Nuwave DSD? Which would you recommend and why? Also, what are the dimensions of each? I couldn’t find them anywhere. By the way I am really enjoying my new to me BHK250. Superb amp.


stevem2 is correct that the changes from the NuWave DAC to the NuWave DSD was purely a DAC chip upgrade which gave the ability to accept DSD files. For some this is a necessity and others is something they won’t use. It comes down to whether you plan on using any DSD files. I would recommend the NuWave DSD so you have the full ability or better yet our Stellar Gain Cell DAC. The dimensions of the NuWave units are identical and measure 14"x8.3"x2.4". I hope this helps. I am one of the Retail Sales Managers at PS Audio and would be happy to chat more with you over the phone if it helps, 720-402-3924.

#12

Kevin

Thank you so much for the info. What I am looking for is a high quality DAC to stream high res music through my current setup using a laptop. Since I am primarily a vinyl guy the Stella would be overkill. The DSD looks like the best option. Hopefully I can find a good used one as I don’t think you are currently manufacturing them. Thanks again for the info.