Originally Posted by Baxide
Betamax lost out to VHS because VHS was cheaper, not better. DSD is extremely expensive. I can't see me spending another couple of grands just so that I can listen to it.
This is a common misapprehension, but it's not entirely true. "Better" is always subjective, of course, but what most consumers cared about at the time was the fact that VHS could be recorded at a lower speed (and lower quality), giving you more play time on each tape. You could run it at full speed for highest quality, or slower for longer play time.
What people liked about VHS was not just price, but flexibility. I imagine that's what people like about the latest crop high res DACs now -- even if you only have a handful of 24/192 material, let alone DSD, it's nice to flexibility to play all of your files.
For my part, I would not be interested. I have over 100 DSD albums, now, and listen to them often. Probably 10% of my listening is DSD. 0% is 24/386, but only because I have none of it. DSD is far easier to come by than super high res.