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Many people don't hear the difference or care if there is a difference in sound.  We at DSD-Guide support those people who just want to listen to music regardless of the format.  If you would like to test your ears and your playback system for what formats you prefer read more to find free downloads and how to do a comparative listening test.

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

It's not that you need to care about this question and many of you may not know whether you're listening to a digital conversion or an analog transfer.  Bottomline, if you're happy with your music then GREAT!  Continue listening...

But, for those of you interested in the processes recording engineers often use, then read on.

What is a digital conversion?

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Part Three -- The Recording Room. Doug Fearn examines the effect the studio room has on the sound of the recording.

July 8, 1998...  Liquid Audio's IPO.  What was Liquid Audio?  It was the first company to offer legal digital downloads delivered worldwide.  I was fortunate to be part ot the crew that helped make history.  Liquid Audio was a software program that predated Napster and iTunes for delivery of audio files.  In a sense, we were the first aggregator for digital audio even though the word "aggregator" didn't exist.

Part Two -- The Recording Chain- examines the steps that music goes through from performer to listener. This is a simplified version, since real-world recording is usually a lot more complex than this. Follow the twelve part series from renown engineer Doug Fearn as he takes us through the recording process and to your speakers.

Direct Stream Digital, or DSD, encoding has been used for years already for SACD and also as an intermediate format inside analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters. It's basic concept is DeltaSigma modulation and uses 1 bit per sample with a sample rate of at least 2.8224MHz (64 x 44.1kHz).   Read the entire white paper by Andreas Koch, one of the pioneers of digital recording.  Download the PDF.

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Recently there has been some curious questions about the meaning of "analog" vs "digital".  Many engineers working with DSD (Direct Stream Digital) feel strongly that DSD digital sounds much better than PCM digital.  Many of us feel that DSD is the closest thing to analog that the digital world can offer.

DW Fearn

Part One - Understanding the Recording Process   --  in a continuing series written by Doug Fearn of D.W. Fearn. Doug has committed his life to the pursuit of excellence in audio engineering.  That led him to manufacturing tube products of top quality for the professional audio engineer.  Today Doug is an advocate of DSD recording.  In this series Doug writes about the recording process to help music lovers understand the choices and complications we make before they have the music on their listening systems.

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