DSD vs. PCM: Myth vs. Truth

 DSD vs PCM CROP

UPDATED: 10.16.17

INCLUDING INFORMATION ON MQA


Introduction

Direct Stream Digital (DSD) has become the big thing in high-end audio. Simplified encoding and decoding, along with ultra-high sampling frequencies, promise unparalleled performance. Is this what we’ve been waiting for, or just mass-marketing hype? This blog separates the hype from the technical facts. I’ll explain in what ways DSD has the advantage, and in what ways pulse-code modulation (PCM) is better. Continue…

 

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