Test your DAC! Free Format Comparison
Which format is best for your DAC?
Every DAC has it's own character, some sounds better using PCM files and some sounds better using DSD files......some people find the convenience of FLAC files more important.
Here on this page is a list containing a song in 10 different formats.
The song is called 'A Fool For You' and is performed by Carmen Gomes Inc.
It’s taken from the album 'Carmen Sings The Blues'.
Link to album: Carmen Gomes Sings The Blues
All the different formats have the same source file, DXD 352kHz (Studio Master).
We used the XiSRC app for the conversion to DSD and Steinberg Wavelab for the conversion to the other PCM formats and FLAC.
When you compare different sample rates always start with the lowest resolution.
During listening don't focus too much, hearing is as individual as taste but hearing is also something which can be acquired, like the taste of good wine.
You can choose from the following formats:
1. DXD 352kHz-32bit
2. DXD 352kHz-24bit
3. PCM 192kHz
4. PCM 96kHz
5. DSD 256
6. DSD 128
7. DSD 64
8. FLAC 352kHz
9. FLAC 192kHz
10. FLAC 96kHz
Original recording format DXD 352kHz.
Catalog Number: SL-1023A
The track we used for the sampler; 'A Fool For You', is taken from the album; 'Carmen Gomes Sings The Blues'. The album was recorded live in MCO Studio 2. The recording was a collaboration with Rhapsody Analogue Recordings (RAR).
We recorded in DXD (352,8khz) and RAR recorded simultaneously to a Studer A80 Reel to Reel tape machine. We used the same set of microphones but split the signals sending them both to our digital workstation as well as to a Studer analogue mixer, where the signals were mixed using various vintage analogue equipment.
We liked the color the vintage equipment added to the voice and decided to record that track as well. That is the vocal track we used for the initial mix.
The Sound Liaison team; Peter Bjørnild & Frans de Rond