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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

How to play DSD

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. 

Garett Brennan

Garett Brennan is a recording artist for Blue Coast Records based out of the Portland, Oregon. This is an article of the recording session with Cookie Marenco at her studio in 2014.  For those interested in being a "producer" Blue Coast Records has released a 35 minute rehearsal of Garett and friends as they prepare the song "I Will Walk" for eventual release.  

Behind the Scenes

Are you the kind of passionate music lover that wants to know more about the behind the scenes action that happens for a high end recording?  Blue Coast Music and DSD-Guide are teaming up to bring you something very special in the upcoming months.  Find out how you can contribute to this exciting new effort. Follow the link to read more.

Inside the Sony Sponsored Magic Bus -- Troyce Walls Photographer

Los Angeles Sheraton was filled with audiophiles for the 1st annual LAAS Event.  Fiona Joy took the opportunity to try something new with her album release on Blue Coast Records... she gave a release party at the Sony Sponsored Magic Bus!

There is the 'digital' camp and the 'analog' camp and the 'just give me the best of it' camp.  Everyone has an opinion but the truth is... "the best" is expensive to record, mix, master, convert and preserve.  Compromises are made for greatness to provide a supply of new music to the audiophile that is 'affordable'. Sadly, most audio engineers compromise the audio at the first stage of recording.. the multitrack. This is an opinionated article by Blue Coast founder, Cookie Marenco.

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. 

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