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Additional info re: DXD

DXD is something else than DSD. DXD is always only offered in 1 rate. We see DXD files as a separate product because some people prefer DXD files over DSD because they sound slightly better/different, and vice verca. This will be different on any setup and is completely taste-specific. Please use our free test files to see which sound better for your setup before purchasing. If you end up with a DSD version of an album that you'd rather like to hear in DXD, we are always willing to acomodate that.

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The difference between stereo and binaural listening

The difference between stereo and binaural recordings is the microphone setup used. The intended result are recordings optimized for either spaced loudspeakers or headphones. For stereo recordings, the primary microphones are two mics typically spaced four to eight feet apart, matching the spacing of most home loudspeaker placements. 

Ways of recording

Binaural recordings are made with two microphones implanted into the ears of a head shaped model known as a "dummuy head" (see for example the Neumann KU-100 Binaural Microphone system)

Playing a binaural recording on a stereo setup

While binaural recordings are specifically intended for headphones, and will not reproduce the same in standard speaker setups (due to crosstalk of left speaker reaching one's right ear, etc) it is in no way damaging to hear the recordings on a stereo setup.

The resulting binaural DSD recording approximates what a listener would hear at a performance of the music if they were sitting at that spot using an audio principle known as HRTF (Head Related Transfer Function).  

See available Binaural recordings

 

 

DSD Quality & Channels Information

Quality/Rate information

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]
  • 64FS = DSD64 (aka DSD) 2.8 MHz. [file type is .dsf]
  • 128FS = DSD128 (aka Double DSD) 5.6 MHz. [file type is .dsf]
  • 256FS = DSD256 (aka Quad DSD) 11.2 MHz. [file type is .dsf]
  • Analog to DSD64/128/256 = The original Analog tapes were digitized to the specified DSD rate or DXD.

All DSD-capable units can accept 64FS, but not all can accept 128FS or higher. Please check which rates your DAC can handle.

All DSD rates included*
(except DXD)

Example: If you choose to purchase a 128FS DSD album, you will also be able to download the 64FS DSD album version at no extra cost*. The same is true for 256fs>128fs>64fs. (All DSD, not DXD)

*Note: This option only works on complete albums and not on single track purchases. It also does not include DXD.

 

Channel information

Stereo

Stereo is always a 2.0 channel file [.dsf/wav/flac (see above)].

Multichannel

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.

*Note: Most of the 'MULTI' albums available at NativeDSD are 5.0 channels.  In few cases they are 5.1, in which case the 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 is Challenge Classics.

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 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

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. Binaural purchases include the stereo version of the music as well at no extra charge, this only applies to complete album purchases. More info about Binaural on left. 

 

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 

NativeDSD.com so far has one album available in SHI. It is the James Matheson project from Yarlung Records

 

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This page was last updated on October 11, 2016