Does anyone know if linux supports the DSD sound format?

From: Rod 
Direct Stream Digital sounds very interesting.
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=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 DSD is the format Japanese SACD Audio discs are encoded in. She has my vote in the war against MP3s, but I don't think the next 20 years are going to see much more growth in SACD than the last 20.... Regards, dtb -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.17 (MingW32) Comment: Using GnuPG with Thunderbird - iQEcBAEBAgAGBQJSfaQQAAoJEMP+wtEOVbcdIakIAIIKpVzavjVqT9bkYLezdizR +sbtS6rmtY4uC0N8oxJXi5FjqNtyb+eaCKg3P41eulH/8YtdND2GbyFbwAb8Hz58 h7IOJ/tKOgr7jUPkFHE11TxJr84qTkfXrOxSjCVE2QRoaYe6uFvmfO7REZgTxfRd CrV9lSMwLqXkhjvX5ppjrgTwOv/nhTxwxsB1/l88oPRLwn4sGCDTxrLi5T+RZHRQ A0pGnZiGts/+e9mq6znryHXWMsUN8y2KR9YzDL8kLowLTQ8ckOsfuBL2e83YcENE 0fjyThHNW2tvGz0/yNbZNLdEHv0JcXYZIiB1jTXc23tIgydcxKlG+AfYdzoBpc8= =Ia32 -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----

=============================================================== From: Wil Wade ------------------------------------------------------ Here is a paid player. The Wikipedia article has some notes questioning the future due to PCM (depending on who you ask) being capable of equal quality. Personally most of the people who would go for it, would just go for Vinyl.

=============================================================== From: "Robert A. Kelly III" ------------------------------------------------------ My understanding is that there is essentially no distinguishable difference between DSD and PCM or between CD and SACD quality (although SACD supports surround sound and CD does not). MP3 is definately outdated at this point, Vorbis has been better than MP3 for years and at this point Opus is ready to replace basically all lossy audio compression codecs. It's definitely nice to see higher quality downloads. I think that a high quality Opus encoding can be essentially indistinguishable from the original as well, and still requires less storage than true lossless recordings.

=============================================================== From: Rod ------------------------------------------------------ I still see some sites that offer music flac. But I can't think of anything with what most americans call main stream. On Fri, 08 Nov 2013 21:55:12 -0500, Dave Brockman wrote:

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ Well, since America makes up 35% of the world marketshare when it comes to buying music, (more than any other country - in fact, more than any 2 other countries combined) - then Americans would probably be a pretty good source of defining "Mainstream". *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ I've never heard the difference in lossy or lossless file formats. I've downloaded albums from bandcamp and other places in FLAC and in MP3 and in OGG - and they all sound exactly the same. *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: Mike Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ You aren't listening to the right music, on the right gear, loud enough. At normal background levels, 128k mp3 or ogg files sound about the same. At high levels on good equipment, where you want to feel the base, hear all the highs, things in the background, etc... You can tell teh difference between 320kbps Ogg and 320kbps MP3. You need good cans (earphones) as a minimum, or really a kick ass sound system. Most modern systems are designed to be cute, and have built in "filtering" and range expansion to make crappy recordings that most people have/use sound better. I've got hearing issues and I can tell. (Too much very load music, background noise at work and just a few rounds of ammo..

=============================================================== From: Rod ------------------------------------------------------ It is ironic that with all our tech sound quality that is worse now. The loudness war has made cd's just pure crap. On Sun, 10 Nov 2013 05:37:45 -0500, Mike Harrison wrote:

=============================================================== From: "Alex Smith (K4RNT)" ------------------------------------------------------ From what I understand, the way the compression works on MP3 (MPEG Layer-3) relies on the fact that most humans can't hear above a certain floor, or lower than the canopy. It removes those frequenciy bands to save space. Some people claim they can hear those ranges, so your mileage may vary. ce "

=============================================================== From: "Robert A. Kelly III" ------------------------------------------------------ To answer the original question, yes, you can play DSF and DFF files on Linux. However, if you don't have dedicated DSD hardware, they get converted to PCM. It is my understanding that MPD supports these formats.