Obtaining DSD files

December 30, 2021
 by Paul McGowan

12 comments on “Obtaining DSD files”

  1. Charles,

    You can also get SACDs at importcds.com and from Mobile Fidelity (mofi.com) and of course you can find them on Ebay and Amazon.
    If you’re searching for a way to transfer SACD files to a drive or NAS instructions can be found at https://hifihaven.org/index.php?threads/rip-sacd-with-a-blu-ray-player.3652/ and https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/56558-ripping-sacds/ . For the process to work you will need an older Blu-ray player and the models that will work are listed and can be had on Ebay for less than $50. I got one that works for $35. The first link is long and a bit jumbled, I recommend reading the audiophilestyle link first as it’s much more concise. Both do contain essentially the same information though. I use the process myself and it works great.
    I hope this helps and I think you’ll be pleased with the change to DSD.

    Edit: There is also an article in Copper the describes the same process but I couldn’t locate it.


  2. Even if DSD may sound better than PCM which isn’t necessary the case in my system, most of the music that I enjoy is not recorded in DSD. I would much rather listen to music that inspires me and that I love rather than listen to ‘audiophile” recordings that bore me to death.

    1. I don’t understand your vomment as we’re not talking about being limited or boxed in by a format or forced to listen to something we don’t want. we’re talking about where DSD music the listener wants can be found., so they can enjoy it. 🙂

      1. ??

        I own about 500 DSD disks including a few from PS
        Audio which I have ripped from SACDs or streamed from Qobuz and play via my DCS Rossini DAC. However the vast majority of the recordings which I own and enjoy have been recorded and mastered on PCM including HiRez PCM. To me, it doesn’t matter what format my favorite music is recorded or mastered on, but what music I enjoy. Isn’t that the point? End of story.

  3. It would be nice if the analog recording process was improved upon instead of dropping it completely for digital. Microphones, amplifiers, preamplifiers, and speakers are analog. We need to keep improving the analog recording process so we can get the best out of our excellent turntables and cartridges that have wide and flat bandwidth.

  4. Back when digital was limited to 44.1 kps or 48 kbs and 16 bit depth, we used analog for precision recordings by moving 1-inch tape, single track, at 30 IPS. That gave us a frequency range from 5 Hz to 50 kHz with our Ampex recorders and a usable dynamic range of better than 70 dB (which was the effective limit of our electronics). Below our lower level limit, however, sounds didn’t disappear, they just mixed with the system noise, could still be heard, and, if signal averaging was appropriate and possible by having a time synch, could be retrieved. With digital, events above 22 or 24 kHz and below the lowest usable bit just weren’t captured at all.

    With improved electronics, DSD can provide a much wider frequency response range and a better dynamic range than either extreme analog or the best PCM. Future efforts should focus on improving the electronics on both the record and playback sides (that includes the transducers as well) and development of an editing system for raw DSD that’s better than converting DSD to DoP and back.

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