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Posted By: William Dodd
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Joined Date: Apr 19, 2012
For those of us using Windows who want the absolute best downloads, but want to hold off on buying new decoder boxes, I have had excellent results playing DSD files with Foobar utilizing a plug in available on their site. Both the player and the plug in are free.

First get the Foobar player:

http://www.foobar2000.org/

Then download the plug in

http://www.foobar2000.org/components/view/foo_input_dsdiff

Once the file is unzipped, use your file manager to drop it into the "components" file under Foobar in your programs.

I then had to use "open with" to play the dsd file on Foobar the first time.

I haven't had any problems with it, and even with so-so computer speakers, it's quite easy to hear the difference with DSD on the free samples Jared supplies.

Disclaimer--- I don't pretend to be a windows wizzard, so you may have some different paths to take. And be sure to download the free sample to make sure it all works for you.

Also.... You can even burn a standard RBCD from your DSD files---downconverting, of course, by similarly downloading and installing the CD burner plug in ...

http://www.foobar2000.org/components/view/foo_burninate


One final thing--- I'm informed that the Foobar actually converts to PCM for listening. Well--- This is still a good thing. You can download the best possible quality for the future, and still be able to listen AND burn CD's if you wish--- till you DO buy that converter box.
Posted : May 1, 2012
Posted By: ANDREW TILLEY
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Joined Date: May 13, 2012
If you have a Mac then try Audirvana. This is free but will not play native DSD unless you upgrade to the Plus version. The cost is very low at about £35 and worth every penny of it (or any other currency) so its as good as free for macs

You can integrate it with iTunes or use it as a stand alone player. If you do not have a DSD DAC yet it will convert DSD files to PCM at the maximum your DAC will accept. For me a DSD file even converted to PCM 24/96 is far better than an original PCM file. It seems more open and more realistic. A great palyer.

The only problem is getting a DSD DAC at a price that is not for professionals. There is one that is worth looking at - exD-audio (from Japan) offer one through Sonore in the USA . I am trying to get them to get a distributor in the UK/Europe so that buying is a lot easier for us who are subject to VAT. They are also bringing a new one out soon so keep looking on the internet.

I think DSD has to be the future for audiophiles and although expensive at the moment the more that becomes available I am sure the prices will drop. To me the sound is as close to the real thing as one could get. It's vinyl without the clicks and bangs!

Posted : Jul 16, 2012
Posted By: Jose Oliveira
Total Posts: 1
Joined Date: Sep 3, 2012
Hello,

Do you have more news regarding the Sonore exD? Did you try it?

Where can I read information regarding the "new one out soon"?

Posted : Sep 3, 2012
Posted By: Jared Sacks
Total Posts: 3
Joined Date: Jul 3, 2012
I have not been able to try the Sonore that playsback DSD. We have been contacting all
the hardware manufacturers so that we can start doing some testing here and hope to have some answers in the coming months. It is great to see that there is a good deal of positive movement to support DSD native downloads
Posted : Sep 6, 2012
Posted By: ANDREW TILLEY
Total Posts: 15
Joined Date: May 13, 2012
The latest exD DSD DAC is about to be launched. It is a DUAL DIFFERENTIAL DAC that will play DSD natively and play PCM up to 24/192. On a Mac you need AUDIRVANA PLUS, which is a great player for native DSD as well as PCM. It will convert DSD to PCM and then export it to iTunes to make a CD. It will integrate with iTunes or not as you like.

If you use a PC then any of the DSD player will be fine.

More details on the exD DSD DAC very shortly. I am hoping to offer this to the UK and EU very soon.

Posted : Sep 26, 2012

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