Originally Posted by bokes
Is DSD the same as SACD?
Originally Posted by rdgrimes
SACD is in DSD format. CD's are consistently mis-labelled, and so are SACDs. Buyer beware, but if it's called SACD or DSD it should be what you want.
Originally Posted by sivadselim
Many SONY redbook CD releases were encoded in DSD. So it is not just reserved for SACD playback. The Stones CDs are a great example. The 2002 remastered redbook CDs were encoded using DSD. If you own any of the Stones SACDs, read the inside cover. It says both the SACD and CD layers benefit from DSD encoding. So, just because a Stones CD says "DSD" does NOT make it the SACD. In fact, it probably isn't.
DSD was the technology originally developed to archive master tapes and SACD was the format developed to deliver the native DSD bitstream to the consumer. Therefore, DSD and SACD are 2 different things. However, after a master tape has been archived/remastered with DSD, it can also be used to "down-convert" to regular CDs. The Rolling Stones catalog is a great example....the hybrid SACD that came in the digipaks were later reissued in regular CD jewel case as DSD-remastered CDs (The Rolling Stones' label mates at Abkco, such as Sam Cooke, the Animals, and the Herman's Hermits, also received similar reissue treatments). There're plenty of DSD-remastered CDs out there....the recent Elvis reissues, the Brian Eno reissues, many Sony Classical reissues, etc.