We are pleased to announce the availability of Native DSD Presents 5 Tracks in DSD 512. The album brings you some of the highest quality DSD 256 stereo recordings from the NativeDSD Music catalog in DSD 512 stereo.
This special album made its debut at 2019 High End Munich, the world’s largest audio expo during the launch of the new, top of the line Astell & Kern A&ultima SP2000 Portable Player with DSD 512 Stereo playback and the first product to use the new flagship AKM AK4499EQ current output type audio D/A converter. It is also an album that will bring owners of DSD 512 capable Portable Players and DACs (Digital to Analog Converters) from Chord Electronics, Gryphon Audio, iFi Audio, Kitsune HiFi, Metronome, Oppo, Sony Signature, T+A, Vinnie Rossi and many more audio companies, some amazing DSD 512 listening experiences.
Included in this collection are performances by Les Chats Noirs, Yuko Mabuchi Trio with JJ Kirkpatrick, Rachel Podger with Brecon Baroque, Ricardo Gallen, and the Feenbrothers. The music covers a variety of styles and genres including French Vocal and Chanson, Jazz, Classical Ensemble, and Guitar.
These higher bit rate DSD 512 tracks are all pure DSD created. They are not up samplings, for there are no PCM or DXD conversions involved in their production. They are re-modulations of the original DSD 256 encoding modulation that produced the DSD 256 releases. The sonic advantage to these new Stereo DSD 512 releases, as with all higher DSD bit rate releases, is the wider frequency passband prior to the onset of modulation noise. This results in the listener’s DAC using gentler and more phase linear filters for playback of the music.
The resulting DSD 512 music files were monitored with a DSD 512 Stereo system that included HiFiMan HE-1000 Stereo Headphones with Lazuli HF Headphone Cables by Dana Cable and the iFi Audio iDSD Micro Black Label Headphone Amp and DAC (available for purchase at the NativeDSD Gear Store).
We want to thank Forward Music Italy, Yarlung Artists, Channel Classics, Eudora, and Sound Liaison for their participation in this project.
(Read more about DSD 512 in this blog post)
Les Chats Noir
Yuko Mabuchi Trio with JJ Kirkpatrick
Rachel Podger with Brecon Baroque
Ricardo Gallen – Guitar
Total time: 00:17:41
Van den Hul 3T (exclusively used by Jared Sacks in Channel Classics, Just Listen, and NativeDSD Presents recordings), AudioQuest
Horus, Merging Technologies & Hapi, Merging Technologies
Pyramix, Merging Technologies
HiFiMan HE-1000 with Lazuli HF Headphone Cables by Dana Cable and iFi Audio iDSD Micro Black Label Headphone Amp and DAC with iFi Xmos 5.2 Firmware, iFi HD USB Audio Driver 3.2, and Cyperpower i7 PC running JRiver Media Center 25 with Windows 10
Steve Hoffman, Bob Attiyeh, Tom Caulfield, Gonzalo Noque, Frans de Rond
DSD 512 Stereo Music Files Created by Tom Caulfield at the NativeDSD Mastering Lab, Marshfield, MA
Horus, Merging Technologies, Elliot Midwood
AKG C-12, C-24; Bruel & Kyaer, Josephson C700S, Schoeps, 2 Schoeps M222 Vacuum Tube, Sonodore
Rens Heijnis, Custom Made
We are pleased to announce the availability of Native DSD Presents 5 Tracks in DSD 512, in addition to the original DSD 256 releases from the albums listed. These higher bit rate DSD 512 tracks are all pure DSD created. They are not up samplings, for there are no PCM or DXD conversions involved in their production. They are re-modulations of the original DSD 256 encoding modulation that produced the DSD 256 releases. The sonic advantage to these new Stereo DSD 512 releases, as with all higher DSD bit rate releases, is the wider frequency passband prior to the onset of modulation noise. This results in the listener’s DAC using gentler and more phase linear filters for playback of the music
|Original Recording Format|
Bob Attiyeh, Jonathan Freeman Atwood, Gonzalo Noque, Peter Bjørnild
Bob Attiyeh, Arian Jensen, Jared Sacks, Gonzalo Noque, Frans de Rond
Brain and Creativity Institute’s Cammilleri Hall at University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, California, St. Jude's Church, London, UK, Auditoria San Francisco, Avila, Spain, MCO, Studio 2, Hilversum, The Netherlands, on November 18, 2018
Pyramix, Merging Technologies
|Recording Type & Bit Rate||
DSD 256 (Tracks 1, 3, 4), Analog (Track 2), DXD (Track 5)
Grimm LS1, TAD Compact Evolution
|Release Date||May 10, 2019|
Of course, as an audio fanatic, I like DSD over the lower FLAC (PCM) sampling rates but DXD has always been my favorite because of the “pop”.
Luckily I had a DXD edition of the Vivaldi track to do a direct comparison with the track on this album. We are really getting somewhere with DSD 512. I wasn’t expecting much because these samples weren’t recording-to-file 512 but I hands-down prefer this DSD 512 over the DXD and this is a first for me.
It is the lack of fatigue. I didn’t notice the DXD being fatiguing before but when I go back to it after listening to the DSD 512 I clearly prefer the smooth and easy sound of the DSD 512. It is hard to put into words but there is something about the timing being less chaotic in the DSD on a micro scale so there is more discipline with the instruments.
I downloaded 5 Tracks in DSD 512 from NativeDSD. Although it is still early, I can predict this is the way to the future.
The DSD 512 sound is dryer and therefore makes you feel the definition between instruments more vividly.
I played the DSD 512 tracks with Foobar. I really appreciate your efforts on bringing this music in DSD 512 to your listeners.
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