A question for Rob (but open to any Hugo owner),
I may be getting myself wrapped around the axle here (i.e overthinking this) but...I've been reading about a player that has been around for some time, but is getting new press since introducing a Mac version, that is Jussi Lasko's HQplayer. People are raving about it (a plethora of sophisticated filtering options, etc) and most are using it to upsample redbook to DSD or DSD128, some just to theri DACs highest PCM rate. Whatever.....this post and question is not about HQplayer but about the ideas of upsampling that are now swirling around my large head and tiny brain.
So we think about the timing prowess of the Hugo, especially when playing back redbook. Would the Hugo sound as good with redbook sources if one upsampled that redbook to say DSD or DXD? I would tend to think "no". I would tend to think that I want Hugo's FPGA technology to see a 16/44.1k music stream and do its magic to it, a magic that clearly is toned down as one moves up the resolution chart (not to say that Hugo is less musical at 24/96...just that it has less alchemy to do..and that alchemy is really something special with redbook). ****, I am wondering if hirez would sound better on the Hugo if you first DOWNSAMPLED it.!!!! Argh.
I may try some of these goofy ideas.
Or even a bigger question, maybe not meant for this thread, Is any high resolution music better sounding, being the mastering is the same, than redbook or PCM? Be it, timing and filtering, if all DAC's handled these files with technology of creating an equivalent playing field for all resolutions, could you really hear a difference with hi resolution over redbook?
Edited by elviscaprice - 6/25/14 at 6:50pm