Intros: If you just joined the community this is the spot to introduce yourself


Welcome! I think this place is anti-Audioholics Anonymous. The photography/gear pics on this site are really good compared to other communities. Makes your curiosity heighten even more so than normal. :slight_smile:


We’re all enablers on here.:grinning:


Yes, welcome. We’re all enablers. In fact, If I win PowerBall (Now that Mega Millions is hardly worthwhile), I promise $1000 of headphone spending cash to anybody that POSTED before this post.

Sorry Lurkers! You Lose.


Thanks buddy, your my new best friend. Hehe.:grinning:


Thank you for the warm welcome. :slight_smile:


Thank you for the warm welcome to the community. I’ll have to search to find out why DSF files ripped from SACDs sound better than the SACDs themselves (and most other High Resolution files)–unless you can help me find out why? :wink:


I would love to find out more about tinnitus, and how to deal with it. I am starting to hear some background noise in my head—when nothing is making noise. I wear earplugs/foamies to bed now and it seems to help.


This is a link to an easy to follow explanation to DSD, .dff, dfs files.

I’m the last one to understand fully what the scientific breakdown is.

I can tell you after several years listening to these files, is they are considerably more detailed to my ears.
After all is said and done this is what’s most important.


It depends on which SACD player you have, and how you’re playing the native SACD files vs. the ripped files.

Native output (i.e. via the analog outputs) on your SACD player should be at full-resolution (DSD64 which is roughly equivalent to 24/88.2 kHz PCM playback). However, if you are using your SACD player to output via an external DAC then it will be down-sampling that material to 16/44.1 kHz PCM. Unless, that is, you have one of a very small number of player/DAC combinations that has a non-standard digital interface which isn’t subject to this limitation of digital output from SACD sources.

No such down-sampling should occur for your ripped .DSF files when played from a computer to a standalone DAC.

And then unless you’re playing those .DSF files via a digital input on your SACD player, and using it as the DAC, the chances are even a modest modern native-DSD capable DAC is going to significantly outperform the typically very-basic implementations that exist in most SACD players (some expensive, high-end models not-withstanding).


@Carmantom Thank you for the link.
I agree, DSD Files are more detail and musical/involving with my ears and equipment.


@Torg Thank you for the detailed explanation. I am using a Mod Wright Oppo 205 and an Upgrade Company Oppo 103 for my SACD discs. I am using a USB Flash Drive with my SACD DSF file ripped into the Mod Wright Oppo 205 and presto–the best two channel audio I have ever heard!
I am also using these DSF ripped SACDs with my Benchmark DAC3 HGC (owned) with my laptop and FooBar2000, EchoBox Explorer (loaned, DSD to PCM conversion) and Sony ZX300 (purchased) DAPs and they sound great too!


hello from Myanmar! :grin:


Welcome. Just up North in Lakeland


Welcome @ammthe. I am sure you’ll have a fun time in this forum. It’s very relaxed and respectful but informative and information rich too.


Highly recommend Sony NW-WMA1. You won’t regret it and battery life is a beast.


@stressfree Thank you for the DAP NW-WMA1 recommendation. I am demoing the Sony NW-ZX300 right now and it sounds good, and I read the WMA1 sounds even better.


Hello! Predominately a lurker here from SoCal.


Welcome to you. Have fun, learn, and teach us.


Hi @cstop, welcome I am sure you’ll enjoy yourself. It’s a great forum.


Sounds good. Thanks! Hopefully I can contribute where I can; currently not too much exposure to a variety of audio gear yet (mostly headphones and a couple of amps/dacs here and there).