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Posted By: Robert Sipos
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Joined Date: Apr 1, 2013
I like to collect discs so the best medium for me currently is the physical disc. I think the recording process and recording quality is more important than the format of the file or disc. The quality of the PCM CD is enough for me so I don't even have an SACD player (my player can play only the PCM layer).

What I miss very much is the usage of the CD "in:dex" feature. Old Denon CDs use that so when I play a "Mozart Sonata with Pires" for example my player can show me where the development section begins, where the coda, the A or B theme. Very few CDs use this feature nowadays. (The download formats unable to do this.) Of course it needs more CD editing work.
Posted : Apr 1, 2013
Posted By: ANDREW TILLEY
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Joined Date: May 13, 2012
For me, DSD is the best. It is the format used to produce SACDs but you download it to your computer and there is not physical disc to turn round with a motor. With a suitable player (Audirvana Plus if you have a Mac) you can listen to it direct from the headphone socket or transfer the signal to a DSD DAC for playing native DSD or a PCM DAC where it will play in PCM format. If you have got a good stereo system you should hear the difference.

There is a lot of technical bits that can confuse so do not read too many blogs as a lot of the information shared is completely wrong. Keep to trusted websites such as this. Also try DSD GUIDE which gives some good advice. It is early stages for DSD but it is the start of a new era in music reproduction.

It is quite expensive to purchase at the moment and I do not know why it should be so much more than a physical SACD. Perhaps Jared can answer that?

Andrew
Posted : Nov 27, 2012
Posted By: Derek Abson
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Joined Date: Nov 20, 2012
So far I have only bought only SACD's on your website. I am unsure of the quality of the other media. Is there a definitive answer?
Posted : Nov 20, 2012

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