1. Are you familiar with SACD? DSD?
Yes, I am.
2. Do you own any SACDs?
I do own ONE SACD: Friday Night In San Francisco.
3. If so, what percentage of your collection is SACD vs CD or files?
Well, 10 SACD tracks of about 1500 that I actually listen to and are high enough bitrate for me to tolerate...so about .007 percent.
4. Is SACD/DSD decoding an important consideration when you're looking for a DAC?
Not really. I'm a college student and I've always seen the BiFrost as an endgame DAC for me, since I probably won't be able to afford the BiFrost for a long while anyway (maybe never). I'd die to own one and the possibility of DSD encoding wouldn't really change that since it's such an uncommon format and I have so few tracks that I would even use it for.
5. If you owned a DAC that could be upgraded to playing SACD/DSD, what would you pay for the upgrade?
No, but simply because I have so few tracks in the format. I suppose if I owned enough tracks to have reason enough for the upgrade, I'd be willing to pay about $125-$150 for the upgrade, assuming the DAC I was upgrading would be the BiFrost or a similarly tiered DAC. If I had a really high-end reference DAC, I would honestly just expect SACD/DSD compatibility as a virtue of the cost, kind of like the Breitling Lap-Timers on expensive cars. You never actually use them to time laps, but you expect them to be there since you've bought such a high-end vehicle.
Hope the feedback helps! Hope to try out some of your products soon, maybe as an owner after the contest (wink, wink?).