In order for you to test your system we like to provide a free DSD download. Showcasing what this format is all about! Ours and many others first contact with DSD was a jaw dropping experience. We would like to explain “how and why” it was for Us. But first a few words about: what is an improvement? A stereo system can benefit from more bass. Some stereo systems can benefit from less bass. DSD will not EQ your system or a recording to perfection, this is simply not what DSD does. Same goes for any of the audio bands like midrange and highs.
What DSD do is bring you “true to life” analogue sound in the digital domain! This is what we and so many others heard the first time we listened to DSD. It helps very much to have experienced a perfect analogue music signal before. Preferably from a Reel to Reel tape deck playing a Master Tape. But also a better vinyl system. Done right DSD128 is indistinguishable from the Master Tape. No other digital format is when taken to the extreme.
Opus 3 records & DSDFile was first in the world, already in February 2013, to offer DSD128 for downloading!
Take a listen to Eric Bibb’s Meeting at the Building(MatB)! And see if your impressions match ours!
This recording was done with a valve stereo microphone and the 14 musicians gathered around it. If you have a solo take a step forward if not take a step back. There is also a ribbon mic for the bass.
What we hear in DSD is:
Distortion free transients and dynamics ease.
Transients and dynamics are totally stress-free and comes with such ease. When you’ve listened to the track MatB you can here no matter how hard the drum skin is struck the sound always keeps it’s place in the three dimensional music scenery. And a drum sounds like a drum throughout the attack.
First of all you become less aware that there are two speakers that generate the music. The music detaches it self from the speakers. It’s much easier to hear the complete context of the musical event as well as minor details in the three dimensional space.
From the lowest organ tones to the highest cymbals. Listen to the realism across the entire audio spectrum. A cymbal is the most misrepresented sound by the hifi community. It’s described in a multitude of ways none correct to the fact that a hard wooden stick is striking a 12-24″ large metallic brass-alloy disc. When you hear one of our DSD Jazz recordings for example the “Johan Dielemans Trio” this will be obvious. You can almost taste the brass in you teeth fillings. The same with every other instrument no matter where in the frequency spectrum.
What ever instrument or sound quality you find most important, I’m sure that you, just as we, find a sound much closer to real than you have previously. As long as your reference is a acoustic unamplified instrument.
Enjoy the music!
Best Regards / Hugo Thorsin & Jan Eric Persson
DSDFile & Opus3 Recordings