Originally Posted by AlanYWM
Are you sure you can tell a difference between DSD and high res PCM? Many people here assumed that DSD is much better than high res PCM files. But do a blind test and you will be surprised by the result IMO, a good recording in PCM can be just as good.
I am not sure if the Hugo is indeed converting DSD to PCM but whatever the case, the sound quality coming out of the Hugo is really good. So even if there was conversion, it really doesn't matter. You should not worry at all.
I agree here. I do believe Rob said it was converted to PCM, but I will have to go back and check.
I have been testing a certain few tracks with varying bit rates: MP3: 128 and 320, FLAC: 16/24, 16/32, DSD: 68, 124. And upsampled versions of the MP3's and FLAC's to every bit rate in-between.
My take is that when you start upsampling, dealing with very high bit rates, conversion of DSD to PCM, you're throwing a lot of software, someone else's code, what they believe to be best, behind it. This is true for all digital music, ultimately. But the extra bits and conversions are adding even more to it. When I upsample a crappy recording, I can hear the difference, but it's still upsampled crap. It doesn't magically get better or fix itself.
I wonder how much high bit rate music is actually truly high bit rate from the master, and not just some fancy upsampling job with some unknown software to do the job? I would think high bit rate material recorded from the source would have it's benefit, but you can't make a DVD from a VHS tape. At the end of the day, you have a fancy VHS tape.