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Folks, something from our friends at NativeDSD:
We are pleased to announce the availability of Native DSD Presents 5 Tracks in DSD 512. The album brings you some of the highest quality DSD 256 stereo recordings from the NativeDSD Music catalog in DSD 512 stereo.
This special album made its debut at 2019 High End Munich. It is an album that will bring owners of DSD 512 capable Portable Players and DACs (Digital to Analog Converters) from iFi Audio some amazing DSD 512 listening experiences.
NativeDSD has given iFi Audio permission to share 1 track with you for free, as an instant download in this Dropbox folder:
The Track in DSD 512: Yuko Mabuchi Plays Miles Davis – Milestones
Recorded and Released by Yarlung Records, with special thanks to Bob Attiyeh. Yuko Mabuchi Plays Miles Davis is a tribute to the music of legendary Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. It features 5 tracks written by Miles Davis plus 3 original compositions by Yuko Mabuchi. For this special album, recorded live in concert in Stereo and Multichannel DSD 256, the Yuko Mabuchi Trio - Yuko Mabuchi (piano), Del Atkins (bass) and Bobby Breton (drums) - is joined by trumpeter JJ Kirkpatrick from the Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet. With this line-up of musicians, it is a musical adventure you won't want to miss.
If you want to hear more, you can check out their 5 Tracks in DSD 512 sampler, available for only 10 USD.
Included in the collection are performances by Les Chats Noirs, Yuko Mabuchi Trio with JJ Kirkpatrick, Rachel Podger with Brecon Baroque, Ricardo Gallen, and the Feenbrothers. The music covers a variety of styles and genres including French Vocal and Chanson, Jazz Quartets, Classical Ensemble, and Guitar.
These higher bit rate DSD 512 tracks are all pure DSD created. They are not up samplings, for there are no PCM or DXD conversions involved in their production. They are re-modulations of the original DSD 256 encoding modulation that produced the DSD 256 releases. The sonic advantage to these new Stereo DSD 512 releases, as with all higher DSD bit rate releases, is the wider frequency passband prior to the onset of modulation noise. This results in the listener’s DAC using gentler and more phase linear filters for playback of the music.
The resulting DSD 512 music files were monitored with a DSD 512 Stereo system that included HiFiMan HE-1000 Stereo Headphones with Lazuli HF Headphone Cables by Dana Cable and the iFi Audio iDSD Micro Black Label Headphone Amp and DAC (available for purchase at the NativeDSD Gear Store).
We want to thank the labels Forward Music Italy, Yarlung Artists, Channel Classics, Eudora and Sound Liaison for their participation in this project.
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@iFi audio thanks for sharing! I'm a DSD noob, but I do have a Black Label, and wanted to give these tracks a listen. My source is a macbook pro - do you know if Mac OS currently has any limitations with DSD512? Or am I pretty much good to go using one of the apps mentioned on nativedsd (yoon, jriver, audirvana)?
Thanks again for making great stuff.
AFAIK it's limited to DSD256 via DoP, unless one of programs you listed allows to go higher.
How would you compare the micro idsd Black Label to Chord Hugo 2? It has been a long time since I've listen to it.
Sold my Hugo 1 and Hugo 2 , kept the ifi bl.
Yup, Mojo also bought twice and sold. The original and one of the first Black Label still going on after 3 years.
A few chips and dings but still going on and on. Will buy the next version too.
Listening to Moondrop KXXS with the BL and the sub bass is tickling my brains literally
To add to the discussion here.... I've been through many pieces of gear but the iDSD bl is still on my desk. Probably the best buy I've made in transportable gear ever.
Damn, some cool replies in here! Many thanks chaps!
Thank you for engineering this jack of all trades and master of all trades.
Delta Sigma? Check
Optical In? Check.
Gain switch? Check.
Loads of power? Check.
Switchable Filters? Check.
Bass boost? Check.
Decent battery life? Check
Buying the next version? CHECK!!
The ifi Black Label only proves that no amount of snake oil or audiophoolery will triumph over a well-engineered and well-designed product.
It soundly hammers some of Headfi favourites and they shall go unnamed.
The technical breakdown of the ifi Black Label is still one of the best things I've read on Headfi.
iDSD BL is the BEST DAC/AMP combo!
Can anyone confirm if the Samsung S10 (Snapdragon) will work with iDSD micro (BL) please?