Test Your System with Free Downloads from Blue Coast Music. Known for their DSD, WAV and FLAC downloads, you'll have a chance to listen and compare the same audio master to see which downloads your system plays best. You'll also know if your DAC will play all of these formats.
It's been a long time coming and many of us thought the day may never come when mainstream listeners would want to hear music above an mp3 quality. But to our surprise, some of mainstream's most ardent resisters are becoming advocats for High Definition audio.
Simply put… an SACD is a disc and DSD is a file type that can live as an audio file anywhere.. a hard drive, a disc, a USB drive, etc. DSD64 can live on an SACD. But, if you want to hear DSD256... you need to have a DAC (soundcard equivalent) that processes the sound from Digital to Analog.. SACD and DSD are not interchangeable words.
Setting up a listening test to compare various types of files is not easy. You need a base of equipment and a trusted set of files to start. Set aside several hours and have a few people involved. We rarely do a test with fewer than 3 people. Here we'll explore some of the basics steps to compare files.
Do you ever visit audiophile forums or social media groups where anger fills a post about someone can hear the difference between cables? The same thing happens when comparing DSD to WAV or FLAC and even MP3. If you can hear the difference, why can't they?
An interesting article was recently posted at CBC Radio, a Canadian company, about the future of music. Not just in the next year, but in the next few decades. It's part of an ambitious series by the Spark crew called The Next Big Thing. John La Grou, audio pioneer and engineer, offers his views on what the music experience will be in the future.
We've recently discovered a website filled with interesting articles and research about all kinds of things, but what peeked our interest were the articles on music, audio and sound. This was an interesting article on the first instruments created and why humans get chills from certain music.