DSD steaming on a PC
May 22, 2015 at 3:03 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 4


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Feb 26, 2015
I am about to endeavour into the world of SuperAudioCD (DSD) playback, on a PC using a DAC which is likely to be a FiiO X3 v.2 which will double as a high resolution player. In the passing, I wondered what I need equipment-wise other than software.
My soundcard is currently an EMU 1212M and the optical drive is Bluray Writer, however when going through the DAC which I imagine will be the case my other soundcard won't matter or will it?
I don't have many SACD discs at the moment although I do plan to purchase some when I get a good reliable setup going.
Any budding advice for a newbie SACD user....pwetty pwease....
May 23, 2015 at 1:26 AM Post #2 of 4
The only way to play a SACD on a computer is using a hacked original PS3 that hasn't had it's firmware updated in a long time to rip the discs. This is due to the copy protection used on the discs. Regular DVD/Bluray drives cannot play/rip SACDs. If you are insisting on computer DSD playback I would go with downloads. If you want to play SACDs I would recommend looking into an Oppo player.
May 23, 2015 at 5:10 PM Post #3 of 4
Thanks for the reply. I'm just listening to a Remastered version of War of The Worlds which just happens to be SACD compatible. This really good to my ears, so maybe it;s not so important after all.
May 27, 2015 at 3:26 PM Post #4 of 4
For a kick off I'm going audition a couple of DSD recordings in DSF format downloads to listen to some 1-bit playback. Not entirely sure how you extract or decode any DSD content on the fly when using a Hybrid SACD format. Perhaps the only answer is to get a proper SACD player. 
Interestingly enough, Cakewalk Sonar Platinum now supports SACD export although the details on how all this works is a bit of an enigma. MP3 seems to dominate as popular format however I can't see why higher quality Lossless recordings should be ignored.

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