Originally Posted by Jason Stoddard
It's that time of year again--time we pick your brains. The topic of SACD and its associated DSD datastream have come up in questions about our DAC products, and we want to know what you think about it.
So, in order:
1. Are you familiar with SACD? DSD?
2. Do you own any SACDs?
In the past I have, but no longer.
3. If so, what percentage of your collection is SACD vs CD or files?
4. Is SACD/DSD decoding an important consideration when you're looking for a DAC?
No, its not practical in the current market, in my opinion. It is only good for those with Summit-Fi level gear and very elaborate and expensive speaker set ups, I am not sure headphones can grasp the full awesomeness of it.
5. If you owned a DAC that could be upgraded to playing SACD/DSD, what would you pay for the upgrade?
Upgrades are always wise for future/unforeseen needs. Didn't the Playstation 3 have this ability, originally? The problem with this type of format is that its immensely rare to find Binaurial recordings or very well recorded music. I see almost no use for it beyond the rare instances when a recording is worthy of such a premium quality output. Recording companies show no care or signs of upping their recording qualities. Right now, its not the best time for this technology but in the future I think it will become much more popular.
In the current market, mid-fi level and budget range audio gear won't benefit from this type of sound. Some of the really expensive headphones will, for that reason, since it caters only to the super elite, I would ask any manufacturers who produce this type of product to actually pay me to use it, as it would require purchasing yet more expensive gear just to be able to enjoy it fully.
$0.00 now, perhaps $199 US in the future.
That's it. Please let us know what you think by May 15, 2012 in this thread to enter for your chance to win a Schiit Bifrost with USB. We'll announce the winner, chosen by random drawing, within a few days afterwards.
Thanks to all in advance for participating!
All the best,