- Nov 19, 2018
I have the feeling I agree with your comments, the best "easy listening experience" is via 16/44.1 FLAC ... but as I have already posted in an earlier post, for "serious listening" I want the highest resolution possible and for me that is both DSD and high resolution PCM recorded SACDs.
Ohh ... "serious listening" happens only when I am home alone, no dogs, no wife, no daughter messing around with their chatting ... or thru the headphones for a more intimate experience ...
Audio is not video,what is resolution? In audio we only care about distortion,noise,phase and frequency response,this is not like buying PC monitor and comparing resolution.DSD is schiit format,it cant even have proper triangular dither so it cant remove quantization distortion.It wastes tons of space for performance that is like 44.1KHz 20bit PCM except it have tons of ultrasonic garbage up top.The entire oversampled noiseshaped 1bit pulse density modulation thing is snakeoil scam,it offers zero advantage,is super inefficient waste of space.
Hi Res is DSD version 2.0,since the old snakeoil format,the DSD was pretty much dead,it was time to introduce fresh new snakeoil format to milk,the Hi Res and its retarded step brother MQA.The entire ultrasound thing laughable hoax,oversamping is not entirely without benefit,it improves SNR by 3db even without dither,but it doubles file size,if you doubled bit depth,you would increase SNR by 96db,this shows how idiotic and inefficient the high samplerate is.
Lets say you listen to very high peak level of 110db and have extra quiet room with 20db noise floor,then even undithered 16bit 44.1 KHz is already overkill by 6db,and you want 24bits? LOL
And thats considering that you listen to test tones and not music.With music the masking effect would reduce your ability to hear noise and distortion to massive degree,even the nastiest harshest of inharmonic distortions is inaudible below about 60-70db with music playing on top.
If it makes you happy,do whatever you like.I too enjoy placebo,its the spice of life,just dont let these snakeoil scammers defecate into your brain and fill it with all sorts of BS,you can enjoy placebo without believing lies.