Do any of you hear any difference between high vs normal resolution material via the DirectStream? I’ve downloaded and listened to samples from Barry Diament’s Sound Keeper Records site at 16/44, 24/96, 24/192 http://www.soundkeeperrecordings.com/format.htm
According to Barry (if I recall correctly), the difference between 24/96 vs. 24/192 is more significant than 16/44 vs. 24/96 as if some kind of threshold is crossed.
For the life of me I don’t hear a difference between the different resolutions. While I can’t rule out my audio system or my aging ears (which I know are not the best anymore), I can distinguish a DSD played from .iso vs. a DSD decoded to .dsf file beforehand.
Of course DirectStream upsamples to 10x DSD which could be why I hear no difference. Barry writes on his site “When comparing the files, be sure your system is not performing any sort of resampling and/or dithering.” Afaik there’s no way to defeat the DirectStream upsampling. So, maybe the upsampling defeats the difference which would be awesome.
Am perfectly okay with not hearing a difference (and avoid buying high res material) but if there is a difference then I’d want to find out if my system is lacking and I got work to do or my hearing is the limiting factor and should just enjoy what’s left.
Any of you hear a difference? What clues should I listen for?
PS. Hope PS Audio, Barry Diament don’t mind me posting a link. Thanks to Barry Diament for making samples available to compare.