Reference Recordings at Acoustic Sounds - Purchase DSD or PCM version?

Acoustic Sounds is selling Reference Recording downloads in DSD or 176.4 PCM. Here is a quote from them:

“Recorded natively in the PCM format at 176.4 kHz/24 bit and converted to DSD using the best equipment available. Also available as a FLAC and ALAC download.”

What format would you purchase for playback on the Direct Stream?

st50maint said Acoustic Sounds is selling Reference Recording downloads in DSD or 176.4 PCM. Here is a quote from them:

“Recorded natively in the PCM format at 176.4 kHz/24 bit and converted to DSD using the best equipment available. Also available as a FLAC and ALAC download.”

What format would you purchase for playback on the Direct Stream?


I’d use the native format when known and possible. The RR’s I have are great.

+1

RR albums are excellent. I also suggest buying and playing back the native format of any recording whenever possible.

As a practical matter, Keith Johnson’s work sounds better down-converted to a 320 kbps MP3 than most DSD or high resolution PCM recordings do at their best.

+1 again. Native is usually best IME.