World first live double-DSD concert transmission tests start this weekend

DSD Rattle

Marathon music event from Japan will be followed next Saturday by live Berlin Philharmonic concert – and all in beyond-SACD quality

Korg 100m.scaled600

UPDATE 04.04.2015: Korg DS-DAC100m arrived, set up on my computer – which took all of five minutes – and now listening to DSD5.6 sample files from the DSD live streaming site via the supplied PrimeSeat app (below).

korg prime seat window

Sounding pretty good so far via my Focal Spirit Pro headphones, and so all ready for tonight’s live concert.

Only decision now is whether to listen on ‘phones or plumb the sound through the main hi-fi system: heart suggests the latter, but head suggests the personal listening option will be more domestically acceptable, unless the ‘but you’re Japanese, it’ll be just like being at home’ argument holds any sway with the Hi-Fi Widow. Watch this space…

DSD5.6 transmission chainPosted 03.04.15: I’m really looking forward to the arrival of a DAC in the post tomorrow: yes, it may seem like just another product to review, but this one is set to unlock a whole new way of streaming music.

It’s on its way from Korg, which is one of the partners in a project to prove the viability of transmitting live concerts online not just in CD quality or even high-resolution, but in double-DSD 5.6MHz.

And that’s way beyond you’re going to get from Spotify, Tidal, Deezer and all that lot!

Read more about the double-DSD broadcasts in a piece I wrote for Gramophone, and after the two concerts are broadcast – one’s a nine-hour marathon this weekend from Tokyo, the other from Berlin next Saturday evening – I’ll be posting some thoughts on the whole project, which will also be available on-demand for a limited time.

Written by Andrew Everard

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  1. […] greatly enjoyed the original concerts, as I reported here, so am looking forward to hearing more concerts over the next few […]

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