Does recording level matter in DSD as it does in PCM?
In PCM, we want the highest level possible without going over 0, to use the maximum number of bits for the best resolution.
DSD is 1-bit (essentially). Does a higher recording level lead to “better” sound quality in DSD (other than improved S/N ratio, I suppose)? I do know that overs in DSD are especially horrifying
The reason I am asking is I am ripping vinyl to DSD and often I like to use the phono preamp in my Luxman integrated. I send the recording output from the Lux to the Analog Input of the Phono Converter. There is no gain adjustment there, and no gain adjustment in the Vinyl Studio software (you just set it to 100).
So it records at whatever level is coming from the turntable, which generally shows into the 30s on Vinyl Studio’s record level indicator and thus the DSD file plays back at pretty much the same level the LP does. It sounds great.
But I’m curious if there would be a reason to just always use the NPC phono preamp, where I can increase the gain, maybe getting it into the 60s or 70s in Vinyl Studio. (Using the NPC’s phono preamp section rather than the Luxman’s, I can increase the gain in the analogue domain prior to digital conversion which I cannot do using the NPC’s analogue input).
It’s a bit difficult to listen and compare b/c volume matching is a bit tough with what I have to hand.