- May 11, 2014
For DSDx1, this noise starts to rise shortly after 20kHz and starts to peak around 40-50kHz. So much for DSD as "hires" because for DSDx1, 30kHz to 90kHz is dominated by such a high noise floor where there is little dynamic range, at best a few bits.
Yes, I think most DSD proponents are in agreement that DSD128 is where the sweet spot is, since the shaped noise only begins way past 40khz there.
In the end, the math is only going to tell you so much. One must approach a format like DSD in the same way one approaches tubes and vinyl, believing that it's special because it has one foot in the analog word. It will probably always be niche, but so are tubes and vinyl, which many here appear to be fans of. Anyways, I've made my point, and don't want to detour the thread anymore, so I will sit back and await Jason's next chapter.