Originally Posted by lawrence1
Thank you for the reply.
My question however is regarding the 80.3's ability to take a streamed DSD SACD from the transport and process direcly to analog, without first converting to PCM. Very few processors currently on the market can perform this.
My Pioneer SC37 for instance, accepts the streamed DSD SACD from my Oppo, but first the Pioneer 37's internal processor first converts it to PCM, presumaly to apply MACCC.
My question has anyone performed a A/B comparion on the sonic benifits of the 80.3's ability to take a streamed DSD SACD signal and convert it directly to analog (bypassing the PCM conversion)?
There is a great deal of debate on the sonic benifits of this.
I am a heavy duty classical music listener via SACD on an 80.2, not 80.3. My Oppo Bdp-93 streams DSD, and there is a "DSD direct" mode in the Integras to convert DSD to analog without any intervening PCM. My opinion: thumbs down.
In Mch, which is primarily how I listen from discretely recorded Mch SACD's, bypassing DSP means not only no Audyssey XT/32, but no speaker distance correction and no bass management. So, unless you have 5 identical, equidistant full range speakers in a professionally treated room, it's a non-starter. There is no way that "pure DSD" is going to come out on top.
But, I have tried it in stereo, as well. Again, thumbs down. To me, it's not close. "Pure DSD" is one of the most mythical and most overrated concepts in audio, IMHO. Just so that you know, I go to about 2 dozen live classical concerts/year to "calibrate" my ear/brain.
Also, an Oppo 83/Integra 9.8 with XT, not XT/32, with a Pro calibration utterly demolished an Audio Research/Esoteric "pure DSD" setup in recording reviewer Andy Quint's system several years ago.