- Sep 7, 2019
I'm no expert on this one, but yes, the hability to convert dsd to pcm would be a feature of the transmitter device, a media player, or a software player. I do not think that the usual audio drivers do this (asio, core audio, wasapi, etc) but more research would be needed, I don't really know. a quick google tells me that some fiio players can do this over a spdif connection, maybe some other members have better knowledge. In any case, Yes It would appear to the Schiit DAC as a pcm so it would play, but then why buy a dsd file at all. It's a conversion, it can't be no better than the high res pcm file, and such conversion is likely to leave artefacts or rounding errors. In all case supporting this cannot be a "feature" Of the schiit dac. It's being done upstream, it's a pcm at that point.
Using my Shanling m0 connected to Topping D10 (via usb) playing DSD64, I found that when DSD mode of the m0 is Native or DoP, the display on the D10 would show 2.82(Mhz) and DSD is displayed. When in D2P mode, the D10 display would show 176(kHz) and PCM is shown so I reckon if D2P is used then it would be possible for Schiit DAC to play DSD files albeit via pcm conversion and yes it is not a Schiit feature just a runaround