I am a new member and live in the UK, I am diving into this forum and may not have read all earlier posts. I have read that all ADC chips actually work in PDM/DSD internally and that a PDM/DSD DAC is a simple filter so why is the hardware to record in pure DSD so expensive (psa phono converter)? Has PS Audio any plans for a lower cost DSD recorder for converting vinyl to pure DSD? I do not need editing facilities as I record whole sides and just add a file title. I do this to preserve my LPs and listen to the HD files on different systems in different rooms.
I have been recording LPs into HD PCM over many years but I feel that PDM/DSD may give better sound quality. I bought a Sony PS-HX 500 turntable as this is supposed to include the hardware for recording DSD via USB. I have just discovered in a recent review in HiFi World (excellent UK magazine) that the USB link does not have DoP and the turntable only outputs HD PCM (This was high quality when tested but the fitted cartridge was not doing justice to the high quality electronics.) This is then converted to DSD in Sony HD recording software. A warning to all that pure DSD is hard to find. Does DSD converted from PCM sound better than the original PCM as the DAC filtering is simpler?