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Many thanks to Sonore for compiling this list of information about the Direct Stream Digital (DSD) super resolution ecosystem that is being created. You can find information on DSD DACs, Cost, Software, Music, etc. Read more to get the link.

A short list of websites where you can find DSD music to download. If you are a DSD distributor of downloads and would like to be added to this list, please contact support@dsd-guide.com

Writer, Vade Forrester, offers a very good guide to backing up your precious music files. This is a portion of the article from the December 2014 issue of The Absolute Sound.

"If you’re a computer-audio enthusiast, no matter how expensive your equipment may be, your largest investment will be your collection of music files. Downloads cost money, and the higher their resolution, the more money they cost. Even if most of your music files come from your ripped CD collection, you’ve still invested a lot of time ripping them to your hard drive."

Read more to get the link to the site!

Paul McGowan's company, PS Audio, is well known in audiophile circles for being some of the highest quality gear available on the market. We've included a partial list of titles that we happen to also enjoy. For the complete list, visit here http://www.psaudio.com/pauls-posts/pauls-picks or read more!

John La Grou is no stranger to pro audio and the advancement of audio technology. A long time friend of DSD recording with many of the top producers using his Millennia's professional grade preamps, John now takes us on a journey of the future of sound. A great read!

On stage at the Europe’s largest electronics trade show, IFA in Berlin, charismatic Sony chief executive Kazuo Hirai declared that Hi-Res audio as crucial to the success of its audio products.

Paul McGowan of PS Audio provides a thorough description of how you can turn your Mac Mini into a music server for your DSD, WAV, FLAC and other files.

Laura Sydell interviews Cookie Marenco (founder Blue Coast Records) about DSD and the high resolution audio movement.

"...Sony Corporation announced a new line of high-end audio components that promise to deliver a better online audio experience. The announcement comes amid growing evidence that music fans are tired of the crappy sound they hear on their portable music players."

Read more here.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2013/09/11/219727031/what-does-a-song...

If you've ever wanted a rough guide as to the size of a DSD file compared to a WAV or mp3, here is a chart created by Romain Delbos and Quentin Brard.

If you haven't heard of DSD, then you might not be aware of the revolution occurring in audio and music production these days. Find out more about DSD and Double DSD by reading this free primer then trying it out for yourself!

Music lovers tell it best when it comes to DSD Audio!  Tips for free conversion using Korg's Audiogate, links to video interviews, thoughts on ripping Redbook CDs to DSD Audio.

The 30th floor of the Venetian Hotel was buzzing with activity and one of a kind DSD listening experiences over the 4 days of CES 2013.  From January 8 through 11, Gus Skinas (Super Audio Center) and Cookie Marenco (Blue Coast Records) were giving Carte Blanche to play any music they pleased.

DSD-Guide would like to congratulate JRiver Media. JRiver was recently chosen as a "Best of 2012" product by HomeTheaterReview.com and "Writers' Choice Awards for 2012" by Positive Feedback Online. You can find the complete list of reviews here: http://wiki.jriver.com/index.php/Reviews JRiver Media Version 18 is an excellent choice for a DSD audio song manager

Sony and Blue Coast Records have collaborated on a 3 song DSD sampler of favorite selections used for demoing their highly acclaimed AR 1 Speakers. The songs include "Looking For A Home", "Romance" and "Mutineer". You can hear these songs and buy them as a bundle at

http://bluecoastrecords.com/sony

Paul McGowen, of PS Audio, wrote a wonderful short explanation of what DSD audio is and how it differs from PCM audio. Here is an excerpt from his post on DSD audio or 1-bit audio and why it sounds closer to analog sound than PCM.

October 22, 2012, Benchmark announces a 2-Channel DAC that plays DSD natively.  Here is the spec sheet: http://www.benchmarkmedia.com/dac/dac2-hgc

If you've tried the unit, let us know!  support@dsd-guide.com

Blue Coast Records and Sony Home Electronics hosted 6 artists from whose performances were recorded to Direct Stream Digital (DSD) at the California Audio Show....

Early June was the gathering of audiophiles at T.H.E. Show at Newport Beach.  In the Sony AR1 room, Michael Bishop (FiveFour Productions) and Cookie Marenco (Blue Coast Records) were asked to offer their thoughts on DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording --  "Super Resolution" Audio.  Thank you Nicho Mageras of AudioLuxuries.com for capturing this on video!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFRG6IMLRV4

From Blue Coast Records - one of the most critically acclaimed acoustic record companies of the last 5 years.  Used by manufacturers and industry professionals to test their equipment, Blue Coast Records became one of the first to offer native DSD masters distributed to the public as DSD audio.   

We are delighted to report that our first few weeks since launch has driven a huge amount of traffic. To our surprise, most of the visitors are coming from Japan followed by the USA, Canada, Germany and the UK. The main source of the drive from Japan has been from a blog that is new to us called Music To Go. We would like to thank Yoshihiro Sasaki for writing about us.

First presented at Positive Feedback, Issue #11, Mike Pappas interviews master engineer Ed Meitner about the originations of DSD audio.  We have highlighted one section below that describes the differences between DSD and PCM digital audio.  You can read the entire article at Positive Feedback.

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DSD audio is a one bit, 2.8MHz audio format and in our opinion the closest digital representation of acoustic sounds.Our intention is to educate those interested in DSD and offer accurate information.We welcome comments and suggestions from our readers. There is a lot of confusion about SACD and DSD audio.Please refer to SA-CD.net for information on SACD.

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