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 Posted:   Mar 16, 2014 - 5:26 PM   
 By:   djintrepid   (Member)

I can remember in the early days of high school how I'd begun to listen to music in a whole new way. Film scores became a prominent part of my life by then. I'd always been unhappy with how I'd been able to listen to music previously, first on an official Scooby Doo record player (I was too young and didn't care what sound quality meant, but in keeping with a timeline...), then on a portable GE stereo tape player with AM/FM tuner that always broke down, then on one of those all in one plastic combination units made by Fisher, with a turntable, dual deck cassette players, and of course AM/FM tuner, housed in an oversized plastic casing that had more empty space inside than circuitry and working parts. I'd always strived for something better, yet my economically minded parents held me back.

When those same parents left the house for any significant amount of time, I would transfer my dad's stereo equipment and speakers to my room, and play my music as loud as I needed to, so that I could enjoy the presentation of a recording with the best I had to work with. Finally when I was old enough, and had earned my own money, I purchased my first stereo receiver; a Kenwood. Over the years I have invested a lot of money and time into making my stereo music presentations the best that they could be, because presentation is everything to me. I cannot enjoy it if it doesn't hit me in just the right way. That said, I am more excited now than I ever have been about the future of audio presentation, whether it be for plain old stereo music or fancy pants multichannel mixes. This is the first year of its implementation and I cannot to wait to see and hear what the future has in store.

If you are interested, please watch the video in the link below.

http://www.psaudio.com/forum/#/discussion/6476/directstream-dac-video-posted

I thought it would be a good idea to start with the first part of PS Audio's 2 part video, since that explains just about everything you need to know about DSD conversion. PS Audio and Sony are the first two companies to have products available using this new discovery. Sony has two far more affordable players out that are already making waves...

the HAP-Z1ES, http://www.whathifi.com/review/sony-hap-z1es

...and the lower model HAP-S1/B. For anyone who keeps up with technology, first generation products always have room for improvement, so with the kudos being thrown upon these first generation products, it is incredibly exciting (to me) that improvement on something so advanced already, is just on the horizon. Too see it unfold from first listeners, I recommend reading this.

http://www.psaudio.com/forum/#/discussion/6605/directstream-dac-first-impressions.

Yes, it get's to be nerdy at times, but so do these threads. If you're like me, you'll scan through it till you reach the good stuff. Enjoy!

 
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