Originally Posted by AUDIOBREEDER
Sony can push how much they want on DSD but many people wont make that move. Millions have accounts with itunes, beatport etc and the amount of space a single DSD file takes is absurd. SACD was a failure considering how cheap CD were/are. Even the sound quality is not that much of a big difference unless one is in a sound proof room.
If Sony wants to come back into the game they need to come with their own digital store and provide 320Kbps files or bring in rare albums, singles etc. which many stores dont have.
MP3 files are the easiest and hard drive saver and has lived on for more than a decade.
All these formats such as DSD, Flac, etc. I think maybe 10-20% of the population maybe listening and that percentage maybe lower.
Now there's the problem right away. itunes, beatport etc. offer the two shoe sizes AAC 256, MP3 128 or 256 if you are lucky. The effort to record in high quality DSD or PCM at higher bit rates (read 5.6MB/s ++) is no different, yet the output quality is dumbed down to fit hard drive space? Size 10 shoe fitted to size 3, that makes a lot of sense, not.
MP3 worked in dial up days, where 56kb modems were the rage, with internet speeds at least 20 times that even on mobile phones, there's no excuse for MP3 to exist other than to provide samples.
SACD failed due to many reasons, so did DVDA, HDCD, and CD is slowly dying, notice the common factor, spinning digital media. DSD on its own was difficult to implement in the early late 80's early 90's but technology has improved and it's not an obstacle any more.
Anyway, the thread is about the PHA-2 DAC amplifier, not format wars, I'm sure there's a thread for that somewhere.