Primeseat high-res streaming


#1

I got an email from Blue Coast Records indicating that one can stream their 10th anniversary concert in DSD (5.6 or 2.8 Mh) via a service called Primeseat. I went to http://primeseat.net/en/ and it looks very nice, but not a great deal of information.

In particular, there was no information about cost. If it wasn’t free I guess they would have to say that, but one never knows.

Streaming 5.6 Mh DSD seems rather demanding (for want of a better word). I have a high-speed FIOS connection so I guess I’m OK but I have to wonder in general how well this works.

It seems like a great option, but I’m a little reluctant to install stuff on my computer without more knowledge. The fact that Blue Coast is using them is a recommendation in itself, I guess, since they wouldn’t want to be associated with anything substandard. Has anyone tried this?


#2

I would not hesitate to try it out.

I do not stream anything so I will not be doing so.


#3

It is free. Wish I could get it working with the BII. Have to play with jriver and see it that can do it. I don’t have USB long enough to ger from my mac to the DS


#4

More on PrimeSeat on Positive Feedback from Brian Moura. Since I have an Aurender N100H using USB to my DS, I was wondering how to get this streaming into my DS. Aurender streams Tidal, but have not replied about Primeseat.

I am Wondering about over my network from my iMac to a bridge 2???

BTW, what is max resolution DS accepts in DSD? PrimeSeat goes up to quad rate which I think is 256???

Anybody tried this service to yet?

Best,

Jeff


#5

The DS will only do single rate DSD over the Bridge II or SPDIF inputs. Double rate over I2S and USB.


#6

Thanks for the reply.

Aurender got back to me and said they are looking into other streaming services but have no time frame for implementation.

BTW, if the DS up samples to a lot, how much does the original DSD rate matter? I believe we can get lower DSD rate files from Primeseat as well.


#7

Upsampling does not add data that is missing from lower resolution files. Whether that missing data makes a difference, particularly when comparing high res to even higher res formats, has been the subject of endless debates.


#8

https://positive-feedback.com/audio-discourse/primeseat-launches-dsd-streaming-audio/


#9

This is indeed quite interesting, though for me, having spent a fair bit of time getting the computer out of my listening room, I am reluctant to try it for any reason other than curiosity in my office. Granted, in the office, I have several DACs, amps, and Stax and Utopia cans—though no QuadDSD—so it’s not like I am forced to listen “low-fi,” but it’s still not where I listen critically or for relaxation.

What I find most interesting is what this could mean for high quality future playback. Anything that raises the bar on streaming quality, and helps to drive bigger bandwidth deployment is a good thing in my view.