Converting to WAV of FLAC and other formats o a MAC

On a MAC there is a fairly affordable app called DSDMaster, and it converts DSD files to WAV, FLAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF. It looks like this:

The output sample rate can also be set to higher rates than displayed in the screenshot.

Converting on Windows Machines

On Windows machines, you can use software from Samplerate Converter.

Other ways of converting DSD Files

There are a few DSF to FLAC converters. It is a downconversion or lossy process (i.e. you lose fidelity). FLAC is a PCM container, so you want to know what your DAC's best PCM sample rate is. Then convert to that sample rate (like 24/96 or 24/192). Don't delete the DSF files, though. They are the better quality and you'll want to keep them until you have a DAC that is DSD-capable. JRIver has a DSD to FLAC converter, so does DBPoweramp. Just Google "DSD to FLAC".

For a full list please see our database:

Converting On the Fly

Also keep in mind that several players like JRIver, Audirvana and others can convert "on-the-fly" meaning that they don't convert the file physically, they just do the conversion while the music is playing, so you don't have to waste the storage space converting to other formats.

Is it possible to burn DSD files to a disc and play them back?

This is possible though we recommend using a DSD-capable DAC instead. There are a few Disc players that will recognise a Disc with DSD data. 

Below are notes on doing this for a Sony XE-800 SACD player:

  • On your pc create a main folder called "DSD_DISC"
  • Then create a subfolder called Vivaldi*, and put all your DSF files in that Vivaldi* folder
  • Burn the whole folder setup ("DSD_DISC">"VIVALDI">".dsf files") to a DVD-R (or +) Disc using a program like Imgburn
  • Use the UDF format for data DVD creation.

(The most important aspect of this is calling the folder DSD_DISC and using ALL CAPS and underscore.  The subfolder is not necessary but nice if you are burning multiple albums onto a burnable DVD.)

*Vivaldi used as example.

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