DSD or PCM? Listen to the Luxman DA-06 DSD compatible DAC to see if you agree with my decision

Luxman DA06I have been using music servers for almost eight years, mainly for compiling my CD compilations; for reference playback, I used an SACD player such as the AudioAero La Source or Luxman D-08 (remarkable SACD playback). It was only at CES 2013, that I demonstrated to the public for the first time, a simple music server using an Apple Macbook, running Audirvana, that allows me to play both native DSD as well as FLAC files. The results were shocking; finally (in my opinion) we have reference quality playback from a computer. Capable of delivering not only the resolution but also the emotional content, that is essential to connect with the listener.
As you know I have a decent record collection and last year bought a KORG MR2000 DSD recorder and a Metric Halo Lio 8 for recording vinyl 2 24/192; I have been experimenting the past months trying to come to grips between DSD & PCM; how best to do it, then record some of the choice vinyl cuts to digital. Well, after many months listening to both formats, I will admit that I have come to the conclusion that DSD is the way to go; it’s the more analogue sounding. There is no digital glare nor hardness. Now I will be the first to admit, that the digital file does not hold a candle to the record been played in real time, but with the vinyl drops, I can bring many, many records with me to a music event at a dealer’s showroom and enthrall everyone with the remarkable vinyl playback that we derive from Brinkmann’s finest turntables.
Luxman took one of their SACD players (D-06), removed the transport, wrote some new software that utilized the hardware capabilities of the processor & DAC and so are now offering compatibility with PCM up to 32 bit 384 kHz and DSD up to 2 x DSD. The stand-alone DAC (D-06) is 50% cheaper that the SACD player that it originated from, retail $6,000.
This is a ground breaking product! But don’t take my word for it, visit your local dealer from mid June onwards, when the units will become available. Enjoy!

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by Philip O'Hanlon

Music Evangelist and Master of Musical Enjoyment—Philip spends his time looking for fine music, tuning up synergistic electronic components to get the best sound, and making music compilations so he can share his listening journey and experiences with friends and acquaintances.

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