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I read comments now and then of people clinging to the notion DSD is softer than that of PCM. And my question is simple: compared to what?

Compared to live recorded music? I don't think so. I have on many occasions stood in the mastering studio listening to originally recorded music and compared the two.

Yet I cannot deny what many hear. I wonder too if there's a problem with our language describing the things we hear. It's funny. In our minds we're quite clear about our perceptions and then it comes time to describe them. It's always a challenge.

I continue to question the notion of a sound attributed to a format. It's an easy trap to fall into. Like the 'sound' of tubes vs. transistors. Perhaps true once.

Let's do our best to compare only to our idea of the real thing.

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