Sorry if something similar has been posted before.
I’m a new PS Audio DirectStream DAC owner. This is also my first PS Audio product, but it won’t be my last. I absolutely love the DS DAC and haven’t enjoyed my music this much since I was a boy and listened to Vinyl (records as we used to call them) on my father’s bar system lol. I remember being back there putting on his albums and scratching the living heck out of them lol. Poor guy.
I previously had a Mytek Brooklyn with a PSU which was good, but DirectStream blows it out of the water. The Mytek is very “digital” to me and can sometimes be “harsh” sounding. It uses an ESS Sabre DAC 9018. Unlike many others, I did not feel it had a good headphone amp at all either. Anyway, I digress. Prior to that, I was using my Oppo 105D DAC which wasn’t too bad, but below the Mytek, and prior to that I was using an old Benchmark DAC1 I bought from a recording studio for $700 at the time which was a deal. I have been using an Oppo 105D and Oppo 203 to play my CDs and SACDs/DVD-Audio discs.
I plan on buying a DirectStream memory player down the road to play my SACDs which I had somewhat abandoned in recent years. I have an Oppo 105D (Darbee edition) and 203. I found out the Vanity HD203 is $800 or so and did not want to pay that now to get my OPPO to output to the Directstream. Also don’t have time for the project to go directly to its I2S. So, this got me to really want to get the DSD files off of my SACDs. It happens that I have an original launch fat PS3, but my firmware is past 3.55 (darn me and my OCD). I didn’t really want to open it up and do the E3 flasher to downgrade the firmware.
So I discovered you can put a file on a USB thumb drive and use an OPPO 103/105 or 105D to rip the SACDs (sorry the 4K 203 and 205 don’t work at this time). You can either make an ISO file or DSF (or DFF) of the stereo and/or multichannel as a backup and to play on the direct stream. I bought the lifetime ROON which for $500 was a great deal and I HIGHLY recommend it. There are also some other players that work and they are listed. I did not develop this process, but will provide you with instructions for those of you that don’t know about it.
Here is what you need:
Your SACDs you own (This is NOT for pirating of course, support the artists)
USB thumb drive
OPPO 103, 105, or 105D (or other compatible player, some of the SONY’s)
WIFI or ethernet
Download of ISO2DSD – This is what you use to get the DSD file to your Computer via wi-fi or ethernet
Basically, put the Autoscript files on the root drive of your USB thumb drive after you unzip it. Check your OPPOs IP Address and write it down. You may want to enter a manual IP address otherwise, its possible it may assign a different one the next time, but not likely. Turn off autoplay and resume function. May want to turn off standby mode too, but not certain if that matters. I just did to be safe.
Turn it back off after you get the IP address. Then, place the thumb drive in your OPPO or compatible player with the OPPO off. Turn it on. You know it is working if when it comes on the tray immediately ejects and you see a wifi or ethernet symbol on it to the right of where it says HOME or SACD I think. After the tray opens, close the tray.
Go back to your computer, open ISO2DSD, choose server input and enter your IP address you wrote down. The port number you can leave the same unless you are using that port. 2002 worked fine for me which was the default I think. Remember, you may have to check your firewall or disable it temporarily to do this at your own risk.
After this choose either ISO, or DSF, and dual for stereo or multi for multichannel. Choosing ISO may be best so that you can archive this in case you want the multichannel down the road or if your system or wi-fi is slow. I hooked my OPPO directly to an extra Apple Extreme I was using as an extender using an ethernet cable and it was pretty fast. Originally I had it running upstairs in my theatre room on Oppos WIFI USB stick and it was SLOOOOW.
This is where the Autoscript zip file is.
After you choose your options, choose Execute. It should start ripping your SACD! Let me know if this is helpful or if you already knew about this. I did not know about this and it has been awesome. I have almost ripped my entire SACD library (I have less than 30) and I have ordered some new SACDs on ebay, elusive disc, and amazon since it costs about the same as buying a DSD or High Res file from HDTracks or some of the others. I just got John Lennon’s Imagine and Double Fantasy, The Doors LA Woman and The Doors album, Bryan Ferry, The Cars, Hall & Oates, Dusty Springfield, and many others on SACD now. I basically got Rock/Pop ones that are hard to find on DSD downloads.
For whatever reason, I prefer the DSD to the 192/24 when I have both. It may be how it was engineered, the masters they used, or just that my setup sounds better for DSD. The direct stream DAC has made listening to regular CDs much more enjoyable again. I am using Red Cloud. I have no desire to try any other firmware since it sounds so great. Great job Ted, Paul and everyone else at PS Audio that contributed to bringing us the DAC.
Hope this is helpful to someone. Hope its not too confusing. I found it to be pretty easy, but I’m a former computer guy turned physician. If you have any questions about it, just post and I’ll see if I can help if it’s in my league.