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Default 07-20-2017, 12:01 | posts: 3,777 | Location: Ohio

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I have about 4TB of DSD, but I've been scoffed at when I say I hear the extra detail and clarity. Even had one guy tell me that it was all placebo, and another reasonable argument is that better masters were used for DSD recording/mastering. Honestly, I'm more than happy with FLAC and WAV rips of CD's, there's just something subtly different about DSD.

GW, about the fit, well, I never had any luck with stock silicon tips, foam type tips is my preferred tip. I'll be snagging some Comply's.....prolly the Isolation 600. Right now, I need the hook to keep the IEM in place, but I do believe that with foam tips, I may dispense with the hooks which I find pretty difficult to mount correctly on my ears. I've heard that the use of foam tips would enhance the bass somewhat, but kill off some of the highs.
That is quite alot of DSD.

I wish I had that much!

Where have you gotten most of yours.

I was always skeptical of DSD, but after hearing it from my new dac, I am a believer.
   
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Default 07-21-2017, 17:44 | posts: 2,146 | Location: Babylon 5

I'd gotten some of my DSD tracks from a friend who had given up on audio, passed me about 2.5TB worth of DSD's. There were mostly classical with limited Pop, New Age and such, traded with my other friends and such to my present collection size.

First time I'd heard some DSD64 tracks, I was amazed at the clarity and crystal clear details......but, many of those I've chatted with online (in the various forums) basically scoffed at the idea of better clarity and imaging compared to FLAC/WAV, and that it took up too much HDD space.

I'm now on an IEM trip, beside the iSine 10, I've ordered a Senfer 4in1 (black, already have the gray version) and seriously thinking of getting a BNIB Noble Audio Sage Universal that someone's selling here for about 367USD. Man, I've gotta learn to stop scouring the Garage section of the local forums.
   
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Default 07-21-2017, 21:05 | posts: 3,777 | Location: Ohio

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I'd gotten some of my DSD tracks from a friend who had given up on audio, passed me about 2.5TB worth of DSD's. There were mostly classical with limited Pop, New Age and such, traded with my other friends and such to my present collection size.

First time I'd heard some DSD64 tracks, I was amazed at the clarity and crystal clear details......but, many of those I've chatted with online (in the various forums) basically scoffed at the idea of better clarity and imaging compared to FLAC/WAV, and that it took up too much HDD space.

I'm now on an IEM trip, beside the iSine 10, I've ordered a Senfer 4in1 (black, already have the gray version) and seriously thinking of getting a BNIB Noble Audio Sage Universal that someone's selling here for about 367USD. Man, I've gotta learn to stop scouring the Garage section of the local forums.
I would be interested in hearing what some of your favorite DSD blues and rock albums are. That is mostly want I am interested in.
   
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Default 07-26-2017, 21:27 | posts: 5,919 | Location: Southfield,MI

I ended up putting an order in for the Sound blasterX AE-5, since it fit the bill what I was looking for in an source for the price, for my muiti purpose use. Hoping I get it by next week if not sooner. After it comes, I'll be taking this old Xonar DS out back and burying it in the apt complex yard, next to the jot dac module.

After I use it for an while when it comes, I'll put up an review.

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Default 07-28-2017, 21:09 | posts: 10,243 | Location: United states of Kingdom

Well guys I had an unpleasant experience with Oppo UK support and the MD so have returned it.

This puts me in a great position to look for a new DAC.
I decided on stereo to get the best quality per buck.
Initially I thought the Matrix X-Sabre Pro with dual 9038 Pro DAC chips (thats 16 channels to get stereo with very high s/n ratio!), DSD512 via USB and DSD1024 via I2S was the answer:
http://www.matrix-digi.com/en/produc...dex.html#page1
But then came across this....
http://www.musicalparadise.ca/store/...&product_id=80
Simply called the MP-D2 MKII, its an audiophile dream if you dont have 5K for the Lampizator.

To quickly sum up, it is modular and has:
Headphone amp
Changeable 32bit DAC chips
Changeable valve rectifier
Fully balanced and single ended output straight from the DAC
Changeable valve single ended pre-amp
Changeable capacitors for output coupling (no solder needed)
80W toroid for digital stage, 150W toroid for analogue
SPDIF (96KHz PCM) / AES (96KHz PCM) / USB input (DSD256, 384KHz PCM)
S/N 126dB
Output sensitivity switch 3V/6V normally for balanced, also useful for lower output valves using single ended out.
and more...
Only downside seems to be that 384KHz PCM is only possible on a Mac or Linux. Not a biggy for me because I dont intend to use PCM but DSD256.


Reviews and user opinions are glowing, I havent come across a bad one yet.
It looks like this is the one!

Useful reads
http://audioreview.ca/default.aspx?p...&reviewID=7664
https://www.hifihaven.org/forum/all-...paradise-mp-d2
http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=148213.0
https://www.canuckaudiomart.com/foru...p?f=11&t=42058
http://www.audioshark.org/computer-d...-d2-11092.html
https://www.head-fi.org/f/threads/mu...eviews.802557/

My plan is to get a DSD DAC and use HQPlayer to upsample to the highest frequency DSD the DAC will do.
This isnt cheap but luckily they offer a method of trialing to see if it works with your kit.
http://www.signalyst.com/webshop.html
It can be used to upsample to the highest PCM or DSD of your DAC to bypass some or all of the DACs internal processing while using very high precision filters that you can choose/experiment with.
This thread covers how many people use it.
https://community.roonlabs.com/t/wha...layer-for/7393
People swear by upsampling normal FLAC/WAV/PCM to max DSD rate.

Has anyone tried either the MP-D2 DAC or HQPlayer?
Opinions are welcome too
I'm really looking forward to this, just gotta be sure its the best for me.

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Default 07-29-2017, 15:09 | posts: 3,777 | Location: Ohio

I really look forward to seeing what you pick as your dac.

I have not tried either, but i have heard of some people using HQ player to do what you suggest.

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