Wap's Noob quest to playback DSD via computer Blog
by, 11-03-2011 at 08:57 AM (1655 Views)
OK. Kind of a "DSD for Dummies". So... here... we.... go...!
Just ordered an 8x192 ADDA Mytek "Bundle"..The USB card is going to be 4-8 weeks away..The initial Plan is stereo, using Signalyst running on Win7 on a 6 month old MacPro. I've gone ADDA (rather than straight DAC), to have a bit of fun with a Moog litttle phatty StageII synth whilst I'm waiting. :) Also a good friend wants to do some LP archiving. I've gone the 8 channel over the stereo Mytek for ultimate flexibility, and future proofing.. I've gone Mytek over MH because of same. DSD availability, card swapout function, USB availability (in addition to firewire), future potential use of ST fibre, slight cost edge, and heck..it's even got a good ol' familiar audiophile looking analog volume knob on the front!!....All this gave the Mytek the edge.
You know guys, stuff the recession right? Life's short! Gotta luv this hobby :)
In meantime what do the electronic gurus think about adding a SOtM TX USB card to my mac pro for this initial USB combo? A waste of time? It is a PCI card not PCIe...this a problem?
My final aim will be Mytek RME MADI PCIe card via ST fibre..with the Mytek clocking the card...but there is not much point getting this rather expensive card combo (the Mytek will also need an additional card) without some sort of decent DSD file playback solution that's not a hugely expensive DAW like Pryamix...thoughts?
The other option on this, is this "Emotion" solution by that Swiss crowd? Dallasjustice mentioned them a while back, but I can't remember their name. Come in Dallas!..I PM'd ya! Anyway, that's the alternative, but there is little solid data on cost and availability, and how far off we are from getting this..
Whether I switch back to OSX at that later stage, really depends how far along things get on the OSX side in terms of DSD in general and multichannel playback in particular... It's simple clean sofware playback that seems to be holding things up right now..
Picking up a runnout model MacPro keeps the ultimate flexibility. OSX and Win. It's going to have oodles of power and expansion slots for years to come. Not to mention it came preloaded with..yep you guessed it...SNOW LEOPARD !! Yippe...Not a darn Lion in site.
So anyway. The quest begins. To finally get stereo then multichannel DSD out of a computer into a high end stereo and surround system. Simply. Effectively. Without costing a friggen fortune. Without being too much of a proengineer geek head..
Well here goes. Come along for the ride, or juts sit back and laugh!
Feel free to comment/advise/abuse/snigger/or throw whatever you fancy
It's going to be fun...... I aint gonna die wondering if it can ever be done. :)