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Playing back DSD files requires a bit more effort than most other formats, such as WAV or MP3 files. Most computers these days aren’t capable of converting DSD into audio because their audio hardware is limited to PCM files, so you have to use something else. 

A list of websites where you can find Direct Stream Digital (DSD) and other High Resolution music to download. If you are a DSD distributor of downloads and would like to be added to this list, please contact support@dsd-guide.com

Like many passionate audiophiles, there is a desire to understand more about the music they love and why.  In this article, David Slattery tells us the results of his Dynamic Range (DR) testing.  He also supplies the "how to" of setting up your own test at home.  Recommended for the more computer savvy audiophiles.

Blue Coast Music has been at the forefront of high resolution audio with its efforts recording music, developing an audience and addressing the requirements for large audio file distribution since its debut.  Behind closed doors they have been developing a new website to address the needs of the audiophile music lover.  Blue Coast Music is now looking for beta testers around the world to test the site.  If you would like to be a beta-tester, signup for the newsletter on this page and send a note to support@bluecoastmusic.com with "BETA-TESTER" in the subject line.

There has been a lot of controversy over the years about whether WAV conversions to FLAC are exact duplicates and sound exactly the same.  It's Ears vs Math.  Which do you subscribe to?  The Crew at Blue Coast Records believes there is a difference after doing dozens of blindfold listening tests over the last decade.  Why is this important to DSD listeners?  Understanding how to do a blindfold listening test is complicated.  Included in this article are methods how you can have a blindfold listening party to test for your own ears.

Sony DSD players in car and portable

Sony unvailed their new Walkman and car media reciever, RSX-GS9 at the 38th Bangkok International Motor Show. With this setup you can play native DSD 11.2MHz in your car. 

Andreas Koch

"What would it take to launch a new format today, and what problems could it possibly solve?" Andreas Koch and Positive-Feedback try to answer this and other questions about digital audio formats.  Andreas Koch led a team of engineers designing the world's first multitrack DSD recorder and editor.  He has been a pioneer in all things DSD.

Simply put, open source is when the source code for a piece of software is free and open to the public. This means that people who use the software are not required to pay a licensing fee because it is not owned by one person or company. DSD (.dsf) is an example of an open source digital audio format, FLAC (.flac) is another.

Music lover and audiophile, David Slattery, took time out of his busy day to do a comparison of DSD128 to DSD64.  Many people wonder if it's possible to hear the difference between a FLAC, WAV or DSD file.  David gives a wonderful assessment of what he hears.

The music tested was Meghan Andrews from Blue Coast Records Special Event 43. Blue Coast Records offers music recorded in DSD and without overdubs and effects making the comparisons easier than overly processed music.  

Here's what David has to say...

The Future of DSD Audio and Music

Excerpt from Positive-Feedback and written by Brian Moura. One packed seminar featured a discussion of The Future of DSD hosted by Cookie Marenco, owner of Blue Coast Music along with Gus Skinas, chief of the Super Audio Center and Marc Sheforgen, Chief Operating Officer for Acoustic Sounds. DSD Audio is predicted to be the format of choice for high resolution audio and music.

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