Cripes… I am getting dizzy…
Foobar denotes one thing, the DirectStream denotes another.
I am buying, hearing, and seeing some confusion regarding 2Ls magnificent recordings. What is going on hear? (pun!)?
My relevant equipment: DirectStream DAC, Foobar2000 player on PC, and USB interface.
2L recordings, stereo DXD downloads: Magnificat, Inside Polyphony, and Bellezza Crudel
1 - I understand DXD is not DSD but really 352 PCM. Sony requires you to call it DXD due to license requirements. Correct?
2 - I can not buy, via download from 2L or anyone, real DSD because Sony has license restrictions. Correct?
3 - Magnificat and Bellezz Crudel: Foobar player denotes the files as Codec=DSD128, Sample rate=5644800 HZ but my DirectStream DAC shows 44.1K PCM… ??? I am very confused both by DSD and 44.1. Can you help me understand what is going on here? What do I have and what am I hearing?
4 - Inside Polyphony… foobar notes these files are 352800 HZ Codec=FLAC and my DirectStream DAC shows 352.8 PCM. This appears to be correct in that DXD is really 352 PCM. Correct? Why does this file play differently from the prior two I noted above?
5 - If I want real DSD into my DirectStream, I must purchase the PS Audio DVD Blu Ray player - Sony licensing issue as I understand?
6 - BONUS QUESTION! So a DSD recording that is sold to me via DXD download. What am I missing and how much “better” is this 352 PCM over 44.1. I get it, one of those impossible to answer, but give it a shot please.
Bruce DeBonis (Atlanta GA)