In some cases you want both.A couple minutes ago, I watched Yusuf (Cat Stevens) on my DVR doing First Cut and Wild World on last night's Tonight Show. Would you rather listen to a low-fi Q8 with a crappy mix of Tea for the Tillerman, or a 1/2 speed LP, Gold CD or even the 2 ch SACD, which leaves a bit to be desired? I've owned them all and they blow the Q8 out of the water, especially the 1/2 speed LP.
Bottom line - it's good to have choices!The sound is amazing. I have over 200 SACD's of varying quality. I also have several Blue-ray audio discs. This is my first DSD download. I have it on a flash drive and plug it into my Oppo CD/SACD/Blu-ray player. The sound is as good as any SACD I have. It is really thrilling to feel this close to the music. Highly recommended.
The J. Geils Band DSD Download is very good! Also downloaded the Stray Cats as a DSD Download. Not in the same league as Freeze Frame but still fun.Today: J Geils Band Freeze Frame DSD download for a whopping $25 but worth it for this. Just my luck this will come out on SHM SACD in a couple of mos. but this sounds a billion times better than the old Japan CD that I have.
I was tempted by a DSD Billy Squier title, but resisted ... not spending $50 today.
Best bet is to contact Ted_B on that. He is the guru for making backup copies of your SACDs. (See his earlier threads on the Multichannel SACD forum re: Mytek and exaSound Multichannel DSD playback).Has anyone here been extracting dsf files from their SACDs? I would like to do this since most of my SACDs are out of print which is a bit worrisome if something were to happen to them. I could use a backup.
Based on your recommendation, I will get the BDA of "The Extraordinary Nat King Cole" when it comes out and see how it sounds.. it might just be from the same source as the DSD D/LAnother winner from Capitol Records and their DSD Download series.....
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The Extraordinary Nat King Cole - Deluxe Edition with 36 Tracks (DSD Deluxe Edition Download, Capitol Records XUNI49154D64)
I suspect the BD Audio disc audio will be derived from the FLAC downloads vs. the DSD Downloads which are also now available over at Super HiRez!Based on your recommendation, I will get the BDA of "The Extraordinary Nat King Cole" when it comes out and see how it sounds.. it might just be from the same source as the DSD D/L
The songs on the Creedence albums do vary quite a bit from Mono and Almost Mono to some pretty wide Stereo. Not sure what the recording philosophy was during those sessions.Latest DSD download: CCR Mardi Gras (today)
Hadn't noticed Sweet Hitch-Hiker has some stereo content. Not much but some.
Door To Door sounds like mono. Everything else is full stereo.
I don't do downloads..I like physical media..I wouldn't get any enjoyment at staring at the outside shell of an external hard driveI know downloads are not the same as physical media but... HDTracks (and other locations) have "Every Picture Tells A Story" for less money and in PCM (as opposed to DSD). Just an option as the download sounds very good.
It depends on how your audio system is setup. With mine, I'm looking at the same amp and signal controller for physical discs and downloads. Although the JRiver software for downloads and the color LCDs on music servers are more colorful and fun to look at than a black Oppo disc player.I don't do downloads..I like physical media..I wouldn't get any enjoyment at staring at the outside shell of an external hard drive