I just downloaded my first DSD tracks through the intrigue, but as here in the UK the real only mainstream material site is not available yet I tried some tracks from the bluecoast records and as I was after some tracks that had a bit of everything instrument wise went with the All stars jam EP which has a few of the record labels artist all together for the first time including this female singer Melissa Reece who sings on two of the five tracks does a rootsy soul/blues version of Adele's rolling in the deep which is interesting.
This was a 64DSD (2.8mhz DSF) download and with my Sony MDR-7520's with the ZX1 have to say was something else in terms of clarity, depth and naturalness I have not heard from any of the flac 24 bit recordings thus far which is saying something as 24 bit can sound stella when done right. Not sure if this is because this was recorded in one hit in the studio and has not had much filtering done to it but this sounded close to listening to it in the studio as I perceivably could get (so wonder how much more a 5.6mhz 128DSD files would muster to the ears?)
My 7520 cans which only real place of improvement could be personally desired by me would be the sound stage width: maybe akin to a pair of open backs or half way there would be good and this DSD All stars jam EP really opened my Sony cans up big time and had lost any narrow, restrictive listening that can sometimes be experienced with these when the recordings are not top notch but this was on another level to anything else I have heard on the ZX1 so far.
Only if I could buy some more mainstream albums in DSD (if only recorded in native) to experience audio nirvana with albums I already own. Just a shame the hardware is now been pushed by the company's but the labels seem to be dragging there heels in making mainstream material available "to all territory's".
Still yet to listen to this DSD music with my JH16's which i am hoping will be another experience all together but if all DSD recordings in the future (excepting any poor remaster attempts) will definitely make me rethink my future file format if the material availability ever takes off with hopefully cheaper recording production costs and a ZX2 that will either house at least a 500gb flash drive for these huge files or finally add a sd card slot to help alleviate the big DSD file sizes.
Anyone else downloading any DSD music on their ZX1 at the moment, if so; Who?