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 .wav or .flac, 8 times redbook

  • 64 = DSD 64 (aka DSD) 2.8 MHz .dsf file, which is 64 times 44.1 kHz

  • 128 = DSD 128 (aka Double DSD) 5.6 MHz .dsf file, 128 times 44.1 kHz

  • 256 = DSD 256 (aka Quad DSD) 11.2 MHz .dsf file, 256 times 44.1 kHz

  • 512 = DSD 512 (aka Octa DSD) 22.4 MHz .dsf file, 512 times 44.1 kHz

  • "Analog to DSD64/128/256/512" as sometimes displayed in our tech specs section on album pages means that the original Analog tapes were digitised directly to the indicated DSD rate or DXD.

Check your DAC

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 before placing your purchase.


All our for-sale DSD files should have .dsf as the file's extension, meaning: they have tagged metadata and cover art inside them.

Read more about DSD, the filetype .dsf

All lower resolutions are available with Plus

If you would like to include lower rates in your purchase you can purchase a NativeDSD Plus subscription.


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 (5.0, 5.1, surround)

Multi: 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.

  • Channel Dedication is always L-R-C-SL-SR

  • Most of the 'MULTI 5CH' albums available at NativeDSD are 5.0 channels.

  • In few cases they are 5.1. Then the files will have a '_6ch' mention in the filename.

  • All Yarlung Records surround sound albums are 4.0, configured in 5.0 with a center channel that is silent.

  • The label that has the most 5.1 channel music is Challenge Classics

  • Read much more about multichannel in this article.

ST+MCH option

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 stereo version will be displayed at only a few euro's while the price of the multichannel stays intact. The surcharge for stereo covers our cost of data transfer.

*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). 

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  and more information can be found at or reading this Positive Feedback Article

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