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  1. NativeDSD is making DXD files available as well as DSD files up to DSD256. In the end, NativeDSD leaves it up to the listener to decide which edition of the album they prefer. The NativeDSD Blog describes it:
  2. And some don't. At the recent LA Audio Show, Cookie Marenco from Blue Coast Music said she didn't like listening to DXD "for even one second"...
  3. You can also compare DSD (at bit rates up to DSD 256) and DXD in the "Members Area" over at NativeDSD Music. Free downloads when you set up an account.
  4. A Special Summer Sale featuring 20 of the Top Selling DSD albums at Native DSD Music.
  5. I'd respond with a resounding "No!" Stereo is not enough.
  6. Yes, the Oppo players offer a lot for the price. But a higher priced standalone DAC generally offers even better sound quality.
  7. When the UDP-203 and UDP-205 were announced last year, Oppo said that their goal was to add 4K video to the new players but to keep the pricing as close to the 103 and 105 as possible. To do this (adding more features while keeping prices low), the streaming apps would likely be not included in the new players. That's how it ended up in the final designs.
  8. Exactly. Listen to both editions and whichever sounds best to you, on your music system, that's the way to go.
  9. By listening to the same track in DXD and DSD on your music system. Here the DSD does sound more musical when I do that comparison.
  10. The good news is that many of the newer DACs with DSD are coming out with DSD 256 included. Check the NativeDSD Database for a complete list at the DSD DACs and Players tab
  11. Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest by Bill Evans in DSD 256. Nice !
  12. That's why it's good to try out some sample music downloads in different formats and bit rates before buying. For example, the Free Downloads in the "Members" section on NativeDSD Music have sample music tracks in multiple versions (Stereo and Multichannel DSD 64, 128, 256 or DXD). Just set up a free account and download some samples to see which sounds best on your system. On the DACs and Players I have with DSD and DXD, the DSD tracks sound better. Even when they come from DXD edited masters or DXD recordings. Not what you would expect but it turns out that way here. Also, some PCM DACs do not play DXD files. So be sure your DAC does play them before buying.
  13. May not need to worry about having those NVidia CUDA cores with the i9 and 18 cores....
  14. Intel has announced a new 18-core i9 Extreme Edition Chip for the gaming market. I think we will see a few of these among HQ Player fans as well!
  15. They may do that down the road. A question to ask this weekend when the Quad DSD Car Player software officially is launched at the LA Audio Show.