Choosing the right DSD Quality
NativeDSD Music never upsamples any of its available-for-sale selections, so most listeners choose the highest sample rate that their unit (DAC) can accept. Check which rate is accepted on your device in the DAC Database: DSD hardware database
- DXD = 32/352.8k PCM - 8X Redbook [file type is .wav and sometimes .flac]
- 64 = DSD64 (aka DSD) 2.8 MHz, which is 64 times 44.1 KHz
- 128 = DSD128 (aka Double DSD) 5.6 MHz, 128 times 44.1 KHz
- 256 = DSD256 (aka Quad DSD) 11.2 MHz, 256 times 44.1 KHz
- 512 = DSD512 (aka Octa DSD) 22.4 MHz, 512 times 44.1 KHz
- Analog to DSD64/128/256 means that the original Analog tapes were digitised to the specified DSD rate or DXD.
All our for-sale files should have .dsf as the file's extension, meaning: they have tagged metadata inside them. If you ever see a .dff file, it is the same thing but without any metadata.
All DSD-capable units can accept DSD 64, but not all can accept DSD 128 or higher. Please check which rates your DAC can handle.
All DSD rates included
Example: If you choose to purchase a 128 DSD album or track(s), you will also be able to download the 64 DSD album version at no extra cost*. The same is true for 512>256>128>64.
Note: This does not include DXD.
Choosing the right Channels
Stereo is always a 2.0 channel file [.dsf/wav/flac (see above)]. If you listen on a 2-way system, or with headphones, this is what you want.
Multichannel Audio Setup
Multi(channel) Only choose multichannel if your system is capable of playing back file-based DSD surround*. These consumer systems include the exaSound e28, the Merging Technologies MC-8 NADAC, the Oppo 103, Oppo 105 and Oppo 105D universal players, as well as pro systems like Sonoma and Pyramix/Merging (HAPI and Horus). Please refer to your user manual or visit the DSD database (link) if unsure. The Oppo's require USB thumb drive playback, and the exaSound requires a multichannel software player like JRIver, Audirvana Plus or HQplayer.
- Most of the 'MULTI' albums available at NativeDSD are 5.0 channels.
- In few cases they are 5.1. Then files have a '6ch' mention in the filename.
- So far there is no 4.0 channel music available on NativeDSD.com.
- The label that has the most 5.1 channel music is Challenge Classics.
This allows you to download the STEREO & MULTICHANNEL version* of the music together rather than buying the Stereo and Multichannel version separately. Use this option if you have both stereo and multichannel equipment to play DSD music files. Or if you think you will be getting a multichannel setup in the future. The stereoversion will be displayed at only a few euro's while the price of the multichannel stays intact. (Formerly this feature was known as the "Combi" option).
*Note: This option only works on complete albums and not on single track selections.
Binaural is always 2.0. Binaural recordings are recommended to be played back using headphones. Binaural recording is a method of recording sound that uses two microphones, arranged with the intent to create a 3-D stereo sound sensation for the listener of actually being in the room with the performers or instruments using a head-shaped microphone (see example below).
Binaural purchases include the stereo version of the music as well at no extra charge.*
*Only when purchasing complete albums, and only at NativeDSD.com!
SonoruS Holographic Imaging
SonoruS Holographic Imaging (SHI) was invented by the Dutch engineer Arian Jansen. SHI uses a proprietary matrix incorporating phase, timing and EQ information to reproduce a three-dimensional listening experience from two speakers. With the correct playback setup, this format can fill the room with musical information, with sound coming from up to 270 degrees around the listening position.
Holographic Imaging only works from a center listening position, however, and only works if every component in the playback chain is phase coherent. Please download Holographic Imaging test tracks first to determine if your system can accurately portray the signal circling around your listening position. If it can, enjoy! If it cannot, we recommend stereo or surround sound versions instead. Test tracks are available at www.yarlungrecords.com/sonorus and more information can be found at http://www.sonorusaudio.com/
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