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Hi All, I have a question on PCM-to-DSD conversion and streaming that I hope you may be able to help with ... I'm considering a pure DSD DAC, however, would like to be able to also playback: - my existing PCM files and CDs, and - stream music from internet based radio stations as well as e.g. youtube realtime - converted to DSD512 (or as an alternative DSD256). I use a PC with Windows 7. I know that e.g. HQPlayer can convert PCM-to-DSD on the fly in DSD512 but is it also able to do so while streaming from an internet radio or youtube? Would there be other softwares that can do this in best possible sound quality, e.g. foobar or JRiver? I would much appreciate your insights on this ;-) Cheers & thanks, Jesper
I’m a newbie to digital audio, so I need some advice here about where to start with streaming dsd files. I have a pc with the software (Korg Audiogate, Roon etc), compatible with high-res files, but how do I stream them into my ‘analog’ system? my pc doesn't have a high-res audio card so obviously i need to transfer the 'dsd' file content and complete the conversion to analog - are there any 'single box' products that will do this? i've read a lot about dacs, media servers etc, and the range of products is out there is enormous but I’m on a limited budget so I want to get started with a minimal outlay for new hardware. Should I stream via Ethernet cable/USB cable or wireless? Is there a limit to USB cable distance (pc is 4-5 metres from audio equipment)? Does playback quality suffer with wireless streaming? I want to use the pc software as the 'front-end', so i can manage content/playlists etc.. any suggestions appreciated.
There are lots of articles out there (mags/websites etc) debating the virtues of dsd vs pcm 'High-Res' quality etc. I'm trying to understand how it is that my eight year old (Win XP) laptop can play DSD files when a 'DSD' compatible DAC is 'required' to decode/playback DSD files. The laptop doesn't have an 'audiophile' soundcard, and I'm not claiming the sound is better than an external DAC, but I can clearly hear the difference between various formats (.mp3 Vs FLAC vs DSD etc). Why are DSD DAC's required when any pc (or Mac with the right software) can already play these files?