Also wow will you be happy with the direct stream. It is way above anything in that picture .
I don't really understand the DSD hype. I downloaded a bunch of demonstration DSD's, 200-300MB each, and played them converted to 192/24. I understand that converted to PCM defies the purpose of DSD, however, through my top end gear I found that the DSD recording was not even all that high end at all. It was very mastered and bland. They were supposed to demonstrate the qualities of DSD, but I can't imagine those recordings to fit that bill. Anyone have better demonstration samples?
Well like I said, my PCM gear is absolute top end. So the DSD converted to PCM was very disappointing to me. But it was very obvious to me that the conversion was not the reason, but the music recording itself was just not fit to represent any kind of music format, but MP3 256kbps. I'll check out those sources you mentioned, but I doubt DSD can sound any better than my current PCM dac..