Our releases, recorded in DSD256, are available in a wide range of resolutions, all of which are derived from the original DSD256 files.
You can make your choice based on the level of sound quality you require and, of course, on your current/future playback system! If you’re not sure which format to choose, start by downloading our free tracks to check compatibility with your music player. Just remember that the higher the quality, the larger the file size.
This is the highest quality available, the original format used for all our productions, and will provide the best audiophile experience.
Three sample rates are available: DSD256 (11.2MHz: native resolution), DSD128 (5.6MHz) and DSD64 (2.8MHz: SACD resolution). DSD64 and DSD128 come as 1-bit .dsf files; .dsf files are essentially .dff files with additional bit assignment for metadata tagging, so both are the same quality, it’s just that .dsf files are fully tagged. DSD256 comes exclusively as 1-bit .dsf file, since the .dsf file format specification does not allow sample rates higher than 5.6MHz.
These come as 24-bit files, in sample rates from 96 to 352 (DXD) KHz, a quality level which far exceeds what a CD can deliver. Derived directly from our DSD256 files, they are encoded using FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec), a lossless encoding format with a much smaller file size than the uncompressed WAV.
These files will give you the same level of quality that you get from a CD (16-bit, 44.1KHz). They are also derived from the original DSD256 files, encoded using FLAC.
This is the most popular digital format, and the one most easily handled by your PC or MAC. It’s based on a compression of the original sound quality, which does of course mean some loss of data. The higher the compression, the lower the sound quality; our mp3 files are encoded at the lowest degree of compression (320 KB/s), which gives an acceptable performance.
Our DSD and FLAC surround files follow this standard 5.0 configuration: L-R-C-SL-SR.