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Test Your Systems with 4 Formats of Playback!

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.

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?

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.

Otari

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.

Blue Coast Collection 2

Technology is what brings us the ability to transform live performances into repeatable audio events using equipement and source material formated for a specific technology.  Over the years, technology advances change for various reasons. 

Roon

The power of community is strong!  We want to thank our ambient music fans for alerting Roon the issues of large file playback.  Credit Roon for contacting us right away to solve the issues and they have!  Read the article for how to get the updates.

AMSR -- a New Genre?

AMSR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response -- that's the long version for "natural sounds".  The current trend uses the sound of whispering, opening beer bottles, birds chirping or any other sounds that occur in nature.  Crinkling paper has had millions of views on youtube.  Some say it helps one to fall asleep.  Others look for a tingling sensation.  How does the audiophile community use it?

A high resolution music lover wrote in and mentioned that his portable device got hot and battery died faster when he played FLAC files over the same sampling rate WAV file.  Does this happen to you?  Have you compared your battery drain with a similar DSD file?

An interesting video of how music affects your brain by WIRED magazine.  Explore how getting goosebumps or chills when you hear certain music happens.  See what improvisation and creation is a different brain reaction than performing music. Very interesting information!

Kathering N give us a playback description of how she got her Mac to play DSD using Colibri and how to test your Mac as she did.  This is her letter to Blue Coast Music. Enjoy!

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