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 Posted:   Aug 3, 2022 - 6:57 PM   
 By:   KansanN323   (Member)

I have a feeling I am going to be opening up a can-o-worms with this, but I recently purchased my first DSD files from High Definition Tape Transfers. It was a new master of the Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall Concert from 1961.

https://www.highdeftapetransfers.ca/products/judy-garland-live-at-carnegie-hall

My purchase came with both DSD and FLAC files with DSD256 Direct Stream being the highest of the files. A caveat is that when it comes to audio quality I am not as picky as a lot of people. I had a bad ear infection as a child and have had Tinnitus since then. When I buy a CD from one of our WONDERFUL Film Score providers I generally rip them to 320 kbps mp3s and I am fine with it.

So... probably the album I know best (after "The Towering Inferno") is the Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall album. I have almost every incarnation/remaster of it, including the mono tape recording. I won't get into the details of the various versions but if you seek them out it is quite fascinating!

Here is the thing. The DSD files I listened to from an album recorded back in 1963 blew me away. I was stunned at how clear it was and felt that I was actually in the room! It was a HUGE step from what I had listened to prior. This being said, I was wanting to get advice on any Film Score that is available in DSD that people recommend, where they purchase them and, also, how they are listening to it. I have a Surfans 320 portable player that I purchased for these files and am listening with Apple Pro Max Headphones.

Thank you in advance for any recommendations (and I hope CE3K DSD files are out there!)

Todd

 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2022 - 7:29 PM   
 By:   John Schuermann   (Member)

Just know that DSD is an *archive* format, not a distribution format. The recording you are listening to has almost certainly been converted to standard PCM, processed, then converted back to DSD again.

SO, what any improvement you are hearing is likely thanks to the actual improvement in *mastering* that was done to the recording, NOT the DSD format itself.

Take a few minutes to read through this article, which puts it all into perspective. People get caught up worrying about formats and bit rates and sampling rates, where what really matters is the quality of the recording itself, and the skill of the engineer who mixes and masters it:

https://bobpariseau.com/blog/2018/7/18/understanding-dsd-to-lpcm-conversion-or-sacd-noise-shaping-for-fun-profit

FUN FACT - if you applying *any* kind of DSP at all - EQ, room correction, surround processing - you are not listening to DSD, but DSD converted to PCM and processed through your sound systems DSP chip.

In other words, don't sweat the DSD designation and enjoy the music no matter what the format! smile

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2022 - 11:45 AM   
 By:   KansanN323   (Member)

Just know that DSD is an *archive* format, not a distribution format. The recording you are listening to has almost certainly been converted to standard PCM, processed, then converted back to DSD again.

SO, what any improvement you are hearing is likely thanks to the actual improvement in *mastering* that was done to the recording, NOT the DSD format itself.

Take a few minutes to read through this article, which puts it all into perspective. People get caught up worrying about formats and bit rates and sampling rates, where what really matters is the quality of the recording itself, and the skill of the engineer who mixes and masters it:

https://bobpariseau.com/blog/2018/7/18/understanding-dsd-to-lpcm-conversion-or-sacd-noise-shaping-for-fun-profit

FUN FACT - if you applying *any* kind of DSP at all - EQ, room correction, surround processing - you are not listening to DSD, but DSD converted to PCM and processed through your sound systems DSP chip.

In other words, don't sweat the DSD designation and enjoy the music no matter what the format! smile




John! Thank you very much for your reply. The Article was very informative!

 
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