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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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Why High Resolution Audio? FLAC or DSD

High resolution audio is becoming more and more common these days. Although there’s no standard quality the audio should reach in order to be classified as high resolution audio, we can easily assume that a file with a quality of at least 44.1 khz/16 bit is a high resolution audio file. But why would you listen to high quality audio material instead of MP3?

Keith Greeninger Performing Live and Heard Streaming on DSD at Primeseat

On January 26, 2016, Alex de Grassi and Keith Greeninger became the first two artists to have their music available for on demand streaming at DSD128. The new technology comes from Primeseat, a company from Japan that boasts some of the top technolgists from Sony, Korg and IIJ.

Don't confuse "Quad" with the surround system recordings of yester year - this Quad is Direct Stream Digital at a sampling rate of 11.2 Million samples per second in one bit.  These downloads are huge!  An Album can be 8-10 gigabytes in size.  Another name for Quad DSD is DSD 256.

Today Blue Coast Records announced their foray into delivering Quad DSD downloads to music lovers worldwide.

Find information on DSD DACs, Hardware, Software, Music, etc. Direct Stream Digital -- One Bit Audio. Read more to get the link.

On April 4, 2015 at 7pm PDT, the world's first DSD128 live streaming concert event will take place. A joint project team of Sony/Korg/IIJ/Saidera Paradiso have joined to demonstrate the future of high-quality streaming with two upcoming concerts.

It has just been announced that the Pono device now supports DSD64 and DSD128.  Here is a link for the firmware update associated.

https://ponomusic.force.com/ccrz__CCPage?oId=a201500000BtI4vAAF&pageKey=product&type=Update

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