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post #46 of 564
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Originally Posted by Speakerphile View Post
 

 

DSD is very much a current priority for Sony.  These is a reason why almost everything they are releasing these days has DSD. Just wait.  They are going to push this from the studio side.  It really is a dream come true for the Head-Fi community.  

 

There is sort of a hardware renaissance with DSD right now, not just with Sony. I've been waiting for the "studio side" to push DSD, that is supply content, for well over 10 years now. It seemed like everything sort of stopped on the software side about 4-5 years ago already.

post #47 of 564
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There is sort of a hardware renaissance with DSD right now, not just with Sony. I've been waiting for the "studio side" to push DSD, that is supply content, for well over 10 years now. It seemed like everything sort of stopped on the software side about 4-5 years ago already.

 

Why do you think there is such a big push for the hardware?  Also, I wasn't speculating on the studio-side push.  Your wait is coming to an end.  

post #48 of 564
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Thanks. That would definitely motivate Sony engineers. :beerchug:

 

Hope it does! I do not want to buy an amplifier just for one use and I believe most of us here agrees :D

post #49 of 564

More high res balony, how about some better quality reproduction.

post #50 of 564
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More high res balony, how about some better quality reproduction.

 

Source is easily the more restrictive bottleneck at this point.  

post #51 of 564
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Originally Posted by SoulSyde View Post
 

 

Recently they do.  It took them a while to get into the FLAC game, but I like their current direction.  IMHO they're less "gimmicky" than Cowon and offer an equal listening experience.  They're focusing very heavily on the audiophile market as of late and that's not a bad thing for us.

 

The F806 is a great player.  I love mine.  The F886 is everything I would change about my F806.  Maybe I see myself posting a classified soon... ;)

 

There must be somebody who is sitting at Sony and here and there reads this forum.

post #52 of 564
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Why do you think there is such a big push for the hardware?  Also, I wasn't speculating on the studio-side push.  Your wait is coming to an end.  

 

Yes, because the multi-armed beast known as Sony who can't even share information well between the computer and mobile phone division is really integrated to the point where their archaic studio is going to start releasing reissues of more than a TINY percentage of their existing SACDS catalog to DSD format.

 

We've been through this before, just because it's an audiophile checkbox to support DSD doesn't mean music the format is readily available.

post #53 of 564
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Originally Posted by Speakerphile View Post
 

 

Why do you think there is such a big push for the hardware?  Also, I wasn't speculating on the studio-side push.  Your wait is coming to an end.  

 

Just remember to pm me when my wait finally ends.

 

And no, boutique label DSD releases of yet another Brahms, Mahler does not count. I listen to much more than that.

post #54 of 564
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Originally Posted by zerodeefex View Post
 

 

Yes, because the multi-armed beast known as Sony who can't even share information well between the computer and mobile phone division is really integrated to the point where their archaic studio is going to start releasing reissues of more than a TINY percentage of their existing SACDS catalog to DSD format.

 

We've been through this before, just because it's an audiophile checkbox to support DSD doesn't mean music the format is readily available.

 

 

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Just remember to pm me when my wait finally ends.

 

And no, boutique label DSD releases of yet another Brahms, Mahler does not count. I listen to much more than that.

 

Oh, I will.  Again, I'm not guessing that this is going to happen.  My information came directly from Sony.  The latest hardware releases were just a prelude to their strategy with digital music.  I'll send you a PM though, if you really need me to.  

 

 

Here are a couple articles:

 

http://www.audiostream.com/content/acoustic-sounds-announces-deal-sony-music

 

http://www.audiostream.com/content/cea-gets-behind-high-resolution-audio

 

http://www.stereophile.com/content/sony-push-hi-rez-downloads

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/personal/2013/09/04/sony-new-high-resolution-audio-products/2762773/

post #55 of 564

That would be really cool if Sony opened up their SACD catalog and released a substantial portion of DSD in un-encrypted format. The fact that the PHA2 supports FLAC and leverages Android may be an indicator of Sony wanting to open up. Considering their dire financial straits, they may need to. Sony's always been capable of making creating stuff, just that their hardheadedness was always gotten in the way. 


Edited by purrin - 9/8/13 at 5:38pm
post #56 of 564

given it is sony, what matter to me are:

the output impedance?

can we hear noise?

2 things sony doesn't seem care about when making portable.

the rest given again that it is sony will be nicely done no doubt about it.

post #57 of 564
Goggling up a bit, I found the audio chip used needs 10 ohms series resistor on the output to be stable. The use of buffers used to be popular some years back (even stacks of them), I wonder if they can help here?

For me too, if it's 10ohm and/or has hiss, the interest will fade quickly.
post #58 of 564

Sweet, one of the majors will release old discs that were previously released on SACD at a glacial pace through the acoustics sounds service at a phenomenal price of $25. I own at least half of recordings they currently have up in DSD on SACD and paid half of these prices years ago to get the discs.

 

This is another way for them to cater to a niche market who they are keenly aware will pay quite a bit more for gear and for content because it checks one of the buzzword boxes. Please let me know when there's a catalog worth purchasing and any new content in it.

 

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Originally Posted by Speakerphile View Post

 

Oh, I will.  Again, I'm not guessing that this is going to happen.  My information came directly from Sony.  The latest hardware releases were just a prelude to their strategy with digital music.  I'll send you a PM though, if you really need me to.  

 

 

Here are a couple articles:

 

http://www.audiostream.com/content/acoustic-sounds-announces-deal-sony-music

 

http://www.audiostream.com/content/cea-gets-behind-high-resolution-audio

 

http://www.stereophile.com/content/sony-push-hi-rez-downloads

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/personal/2013/09/04/sony-new-high-resolution-audio-products/2762773/

post #59 of 564
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Originally Posted by zerodeefex View Post

Sweet, one of the majors will release old discs that were previously released on SACD at a glacial pace through the acoustics sounds service at a phenomenal price of $25. I own at least half of recordings they currently have up in DSD on SACD and paid half of these prices years ago to get the discs.

 

This is another way for them to cater to a niche market who they are keenly aware will pay quite a bit more for gear and for content because it checks one of the buzzword boxes. Please let me know when there's a catalog worth purchasing and any new content in it.

 

This will not be limited to back-catalog releases.  But feel free to get your pessimism on.  :rolleyes:
 

post #60 of 564
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Originally Posted by purrin View Post
 

That would be really cool if Sony opened up their SACD catalog and released a substantial portion of DSD in un-encrypted format. The fact that the PHA2 supports FLAC and leverages Android may be an indicator of Sony wanting to open up. Considering their dire financial straits, they may need to. Sony's always been capable of making creating stuff, just that their hardheadedness was always gotten in the way. 

 

the PHA-1 works on Android. I use it with both my S4 and my Nexus 7 (2013) :tongue_smile:


Edited by zerodeefex - 9/7/13 at 4:03pm
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