Extra (acoustic): Free through July 4th

Extra (acoustic)
– by David EliasI say easy don’t come easy that is alright
The sassafras root’s now hard to find
And extra is the thing that’s bound to break me
Extra roots and extra time to mind

Gardens start to flower in the morning
There’s nothing like that morning glory’s eye
Satisfied the daybreak’s done and over
Satisfied the night’s done passed us by

I wish I had a book of all my poems
And a diary of my drawings of my life
And snapshots of the front doors of my past homes
And one braided lock of hair from my last wife

But extra things don’t fit in my pagoda
And extra things don’t fit my afternoon
I’ll just turn them all into the things I owe ya
And call it quits one day before too soon
Call it quits one day before too soon

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Released June 28, 2020

Written, Performed, Recorded, Mix/Master by David Elias
Sketti Sandwich Productions
David Elias Music (ASCAP)
davidelias.com

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Cover art photo of dead, dried koa tree by David Elias

© David Elias, All Rights Reserved

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Square One

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Free Download – Tom Petty cover song (enter $0 for price to get the free download)

Friday Only Save 15% on Any David Elias Bandcamp Purchases using this discount code:  FRIDAY15

Thank you Bandcamp for supporting artists with this discount and letting me pass it on to listeners!

15% Discount Expires midnight PST (Los Angeles) on Friday May 29, 2020.


“Square One” – Tom Petty

Had to find some higher ground.
Had some fear to get around.
You can say what you don’t know.
Later on won’t work no more.

Last time through I hid my tracks.
So well I could not get back.
Yeah my way was hard to find.
Can’t sell your soul for peace of mind.

Square one, my slate is clear.
Rest your head on me my dear.
It took a world of trouble, took a world of tears.
It took a long time to get back here.

Tried so hard to stand alone.
Struggled to see past my nose.
Always had more dogs than bones.
I could never wear those clothes.

It’s a dark victory.
You won and you are so lost.
Told us you were satisfied, but it never came across.

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released March 19, 2020
Words & Music by Tom PettyDavid Elias: acoustic, vocal
Recorded & Produced by David Elias

40% Off Everything – May Day Sale

EXTENDED SALE NOW THROUGH MAY 3rd 2020, ending midnight PDT (Los Angeles) 5/3/2020.

Save 40% off anything/everything you buy on my Bandcamp Catalog.

Use this discount code at checkout:  MAYREPEAT

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Bandcamp is waiving their artist fees on May 1st so I pass that and more savings on to you for that day. Offer ends May 3, 2020 @ 11:59pm PDT.

Currently 49 titles on this catalog including MQA remasters up to 24/352.8k.  All titles will play on any player, the hi-res is transparent until you have the proper MQA decoding software and/or hardware (DAC).

If you’re not into MQA don’t worry it doesn’t matter — you can download and play any of the 49 titles on Bandcamp :)

Hope you are safe and well and thank you for continuing to listen to my music online and as downloads.

Don’t forget to find me on Spotify, TIDAL, iTunes Music, Amazon Prime, Deezer, Qobuz, Last.FM, Pandora and all the rest.

Again many many thanks for supporting independent artists!

Sending Aloha,

~ DE

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Album of the Week: “The Window” on NativeDSD.com

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Get 20% Off “The Window” in any DSD Resolution up to DSD512.

NativeDSD.com in the Netherlands has selected “The Window” as their Album of the Week. The 20% discount is good through May 1, 2020.

Go to the NativeDSD website here…

Use the checkout promo code: AOTW to get 20% off.

NativeDSD.com has original DSD masters and remasters up to the highest resolution DSD512 (stereo). “The Window” has both stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround downloads available (MCH downloads up to DSD256 resolution).

Download one of the best known reference quality recordings, recorded live studio directly to DSD64 by Gus Skinas, mastered by Gus as DSD for SACD release in 2003.

“The Window” contains no edits, overdubs, digital effects or any compression of any kind. It is a pure acoustic recording made using vintage EMM Labs ADC DSD converters and the original Sonoma DSD Workstation (8 tracks max.).  It is mixed on the Sonoma using the Sony Wide DSD Mixer Card and mastered as native DSD on the same workstation.

This recording never has been converted to any other digital or analog format and is considered a PURE DSD recording, one of very few anywhere in the world. It only gets converted to analog for the first time when you play it on your DSD enabled system. What you then hear is 100% identical to the studio master recording.

“The Window” features some especially talented musicians backing me on these live studio recordings: Matt Flinner, Ross Martin, Sally Van Meter, Eric Thorin, Marc Dalio, John Magnie. Recorded in 3 consecutive days at Immersive Studios in Boulder, Colorado.

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https://www.nativedsd.com/albums/SSP3162D64-the-window

Don’t forget to use the discount promo code AOTW at checkout!

Many thanks – please share with your social media and friends online.

~ DE

Listen to the newest song release "Stand In The Middle" online at davidelias.com -- other new song releases and the album collection "Nighttime Music" with unreleased songs also here.

Listen to the newest song release “Stand In The Middle” online at davidelias.com — other new song releases and the album collection “Nighttime Music” with unreleased songs also here.

Shared Music – Free Download or Stream

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We are all staying home for the most part these days. Here is some music of mine to listen to as a free download (any format you select) or streaming (web browser and free Bandcamp Music smartphone app).

Use Google Drive Worksheet here… to get a download redeem code

You can choose from any of the 4 titles in the shared Google Drive worksheet and then go to the redeem code page at:

https://davidelias.bandcamp.com/yum
Type in the code as-is including the hyphen! (XXXX-YYYY)

Once you have redeemed the code you have unlimited downloads in any format forever as well as streaming forever via web page or free Bandcamp Music iOS/Android app.

PLEASE – mark the code in the worksheet as used by typing ‘X‘ in the column by the code you used so that other people don’t try to use the same code, as it won’t work once…

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Free Album Download for Inside Times, Stay Healthy: Voice Memo ~ Songs From Hawai’i

See “Something He Already Knows” video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/nRiN2JP2ngw

LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD FREE HERESTAY HEALTHY

In these dangerous times all are encouraged to stay home when possible. I created the CD “Voice Memo: Songs From Hawai’i” from voice memos I had recorded on my iPhone in various cabins I lived in Hawai’i prior to the CD release year 2016. Writing and recording these tunes and songs, along with a couple of loud rainforest storms on tin roofs is very much a reflection of prior inside times for me. So I thought I could share this inside music with anyone interested in playing it at no cost.

It can be streamed directly from my website link here: STAY HEALTHY

From the same link you can download the MP3-320 version of the album tracks (all 30) as a single Zip file.

Overall I am home more, listening to music more, reading more, writing more, communicating online with others and praying for those who need it most on the planet.

Take Care to All, Sending Aloha…

David Elias

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VOICE MEMO: Songs From Hawai’i – Album/CD Notes

These songs were all recorded as memos to myself on my iPhone while I was writing them. They are me writing music for myself. Voice memos to myself for myself.

People tell me my songs connect to them, usually they are complete strangers. But my songs are written by me, for me, but not about me. They have no objective or mission or point to make. They come out as music, words or both the way they come out. This album “Voice Memos” tries to show you that songwriting process for me.

Recorded directly to the iPhone using the standard iPhone mic (mono).

~~~~About My Songwriting~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Listening to this album is a way to listen to the way my songs get created. I get asked this often enough. Dave, do you write the words first, or the music, or do you look up random things on Google and get ideas… … … ??

I can tell you there is no research in my songwriting. No Google, no references. Not even an idea of what I am going to write about 99.99% of the time. I am a tune player and creator on guitar. That’s usually what I do when I pick up the guitar, play something new whatever comes out. It comes through me sitting there and I don’t think about it much except trying to hear what it’s saying. 99% of the time I play and play and play for awhile then forget it all.

But sometimes the tune is catchy to me and I work on it and keep trying to get it right and eventually it sounds like it has the right shape and notes and well, tune.

So I might start singing along with it at some point during that sitting and see if there’s a singing part to go with the guitar part. No real words but then usually there are real words coming out of me, I didn’t plan them.

So there’s the idea for the song and I just write down the words as I come upon them and turn them into the melody and the song. That’s how I remember the song – that and then I often turn on Voice Memo on the iPhone to record it at that point. Like I just discovered something I don’t want to forget. Which is what I did.

Voice memo….

Sometimes the tunes on guitar don’t have any words. They are enough they way they are. Or words could come later. Or words I’d written down (poetry ok) another time can be randomly matched to a tune. That happens too.

So tune first, words next, song maybe. Or tune first, no words, song maybe. Or tune not quite there, no song, maybe later. Or words sitting on a page to tune just written or written and remembered, song maybe. See what I mean? No plan :)

Just trying to get it right…

Voice memos can help. Decided to try to share some of those in the honest fashion they were created sitting at home just playing for me.

~~~~~ The iPhone part and tech mumbo jumbo ~~~~~

Every song in this collection was recorded on my iPhone using a 3GS, 4, and 5S. All used the phone’s mic (no external plugged in). I recorded the using the Voice Memo app that comes with the phone from iTunes.

These songs are then recorded in very low bit quality AAC by our friends at Apple who have a penchant for incredibly poor sound quality. They invented its use for retail in 2004 when iTunes came out. Before that MP3 downloads were free worldwide among millions of musicians and music lovers on forums and music sharing sites.

I’m all for putting music out there and Apple/iTunes has certainly done that in a digital way. But in the 21st century when technology spins over every 6 months and Apple themselves often at the head of that turnstile, don’t you think they might owe the public a little better sound?

Having said all that, I have found over and over again that the little AM-radio sounding like speakers that Steve Jobs put in the iPhone have a remarkably natural kind of old transistor radio sound I’ve liked since I bought my first iPhone in 2007 when they came out and people lined up on the sidewalk in Silicon Valley to buy one (I waited 2 weeks and walked right in the store).

That iPhone AM-radio sound is how I started recording my Voice Memos. Just ideas often. A handy memo tool so I wouldn’t forget some things I played for myself in a cabin here in Hawaii or maybe by the water or wherever. I learned how to sing and play “carefully” into the phone at good levels and good proximity for my ears. In the higher eschelons of audophiledom they call this approach to recording carefully for the highest sound quality “provenance” now. Ok Provenance. Just an iPhone though, nothing else.

I converted the AAC (m4a) files that are about 48kHz lossy in mono (like MP3’s lowest ranking) to a CD quality level (16/44.1 lossless FLAC) and “master them” as such. I don’t mess with them otherwise (i.e., adding compression, reverb, other effects or edits).

Then these voice memos were encoded with MQA by MQA Ltd., UK along with lots of other CD, HD and DXD quality masters I have as PCM. They sound better this way, even if you don’t have an MQA decoder DAC. Lots of MQA DAC models are for sale from various manufacturers at all price ranges up from there.

My song/voice memos are just that. Songs for myself to myself when I am writing them. I don’t always know how they go when I am recording the memo. I can’t always read the words I just wrote down perfectly or get the timing just right. They are rough and raw and new songs I just wrote. Before I even come to know them myself. I often want to record them and capture the original song for myself.

Now I want to share some of those with you. They are not the “best” ones per se. In fact they are just more of snapshots in time, where I was and what I was doing in Hawaii where I’ve lived since the beginning of 2008. But they are honest and they are all new songs for anyone who has listened to me recording since 1995. And I like how they sound.

Independent Acoustic has meaning to this end as it has for me since I started playing guitar at the ripe young age of 11.

Here’s to all the independent artists all over. Fer Fock’s Sake…

[Full Album/CD Lossless/MQA download is available at Bandcamp Catalog]

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PS — A BRAND NEW SONG (and a digital audio digression) – released March 2020, “The Data Tech Blues” written at the suggestion of my Hilo auto repair shop owner guitar buddy Jeff when I said I’d come help him sort out his credit card processing problems that were holding up his payment settlements (he wasn’t getting paid!). Jeff said maybe a song would come out of it all. And it did….

Listen/Download Free Here (use price $0.00 for free)

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While I recorded the original track on my iPhone, I moved that crappy iPhone AAC (m4a) audio file to PC and messed with it using the free Audacity editor/mastering tool on Windows. You will hear my synthesized version of what is called pre-echo ringing in the digital audio world. I added the effect more and more as the song progresses. A data tech nightmare for an audio engineer normally. What better place to put it than in a data tech blues song?

The pre-echo ringing means you are hearing my voice singing before it starts singing … What The…?  Yes pre-echo ringing is a reality since the earliest days of commercial digital audio which was the CD about 1981 or so. One or more echoes of the impulse (fancy word for a loud sound) arrives to the listener’s ears (that’s you) before impulse itself. Other echoes trail the impulse and are called post-echo ringing. This happens over and over again when you listen to typical CDs or even hi-res PCM (24/96, 24/192). It throws your ear-brain sync off. Our ears are very (VERY) sensitive to timing and location of sounds we hear.

Sony and Philips who invented the CD standard didn’t care about that. They thought frequency was more important (20 kHz limits for human ear). So they whacked sounds above 22.05 kHz) using what’s called a Brickwall filter. The mathematical result of using that radical filter is the creation of the echoes that ring and ring and ring when you listen to the music. Ouch.

That’s why digital audio typically comes off to many people’s ears as edgy, fatiguing, and even irritating, or it sounds cold, mechanical and without natural feeling. Things that correct this problem are MQA (for CD and higher res masters) and DSD which has very little to no noticeable ringing to begin with.

I like DSD for lots of things. I like MQA for lots of things. To me they don’t compete at all with each other. I wish the rest of the audio world was as forgiving that way. The absence of pre-echo ringing is something both technologies have in common. I like that!

(….. If you want to hear what the original song sounds like without the ringing and other effects send me a message and I’ll send you a copy…..)

The Data Tech Blues

On the less serious side I wrote this song immediately after talking to my local auto repair mechanic/owner guitar buddy in Hilo who called me to ask for help with the processing of credit cards at his shop. He’d been down for several days with an old dialup line that went off line and he couldn’t get telephone repair to come anytime soon.

I told him I’d come down and convert his dialup credit card processing to Internet data which would be better anyway. Then he told me maybe I’d write a song about it and I said maybe I would. Then I did before I drove down there on Saturday. So I recorded it to my iPhone then messed with it on the computer and am now releasing it. Comedies of Errors! We all live in the midst of a huge Chaos we cannot see.


The Data Tech Blues
– by David Elias

Come you ladies and you gentlemen listen to my song
You might think it’s right or you might think it’s wrong
Just a little bit of everybody’s story out today
The data tech blues gonna carry us away

I got the blues
I got the tech blues
Lord I got the data tech blues

I was born on analog both the vinyl and the tubes
Dialup was working on the phone lines that we used
Everything was slow but how were we to know
That the fax and the modem were the first that had to go

I really don’t know why but then I had to try
The cleaner sound of audio they wanted me to buy
It’s Compact Disc they said, your ears are not misled
By the hiss of tape and scratchy noise your albums always make

Then Ethernet caught up with me, an RJ45
But I’d rather hear a jukebox with a 45 archive
Now I have to plug it in with something called CAT5
And USB is using me it’s eating me alive
Every time I turn around I need another thumb drive

Now they put it in the air just to get it in my ear
It’s WiFi and it’s Bluetooth with a 5G nearly here
I can’t see or taste or smell it but I sometimes hear it clear
When I shout out to Alexa, “Would you play me something Dear?”

I got the blues
I got the tech blues
Lord I got the data tech blues
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releases March 19, 2020
Words & Music by David Elias – all rights reserved worldwide
Performed by David Elias

Over 23,000 MQA Remastered Albums Streaming on TIDAL up to DXD

David Elias Streaming listeners in the last 28 days

Are you streaming audio?

Do you listen to hi-res?

If not, do you want to?

 

[Note Added by DE, 03/16/2020]:

(Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-resolution_audio)

High-resolution audio (High-definition audio or HD audio) is a technical and marketing term for audio with greater than 44.1 kHz sample rate or higher than 16-bit audio bit depth. It commonly refers to 96 or 192 kHz sample rates. However, there also exist 44.1 kHz/24-bit, 48 kHz/24-bit and 88.2 kHz/24-bit recordings that are labeled HD Audio. “

The above Wikipedia definition of hi-res includes 24/44.1k, which may also be referenced as HD. When what I refer to in this post as my DXD and other masters are played as TIDAL Masters (MQA) through a Mytek Brooklyn USB MQA/DSD DAC or an iFi Audio Pro iDSD USB/Wifi MQA/DSD DAC the bitstream is reported by the DAC (Mytek and iFi Audio) to be 24-bit 352.8k (or 24/384k) MQA.  This is, according to any definition in the so-called audio industry I am aware of, known as DXD.  I don’t make this up. I report it as it is presented by the industry authorities and experts of digital audio. If the source bitstream is not a folded MQA encoding, it will be reported by these same devices as either 24/44.1 or 24/48 — both of which according to Wikipedia above also qualify as hi-res.

In addition, there are a number of streaming services apart from TIDAL that deliver bit perfect, lossless streams of their source audio files. I have played my MQA 44.1k masters through the Qobuz iOS player at 24/44.1k (routed via WiFi to Pro iDSD DAC/preamp) and they are properly recognized as MQA 24/44.1k on the iFi Audio Pro iDSD USB/WiFi MQA DAC. As long as a bit perfect stream is delivered to the gear decoding MQA, the MQA authentication is preserved through streaming services such as TIDAL, Qobuz, Deezer, 7digital, and others.

Finally, in 2019 alone, a number of MQA equipment partners were recognized by the music industry at many levels with awards for their excellence in sound quality. These are not money hack grubbing shyster types of people and businesses. These are some of the more respected names in the beloved & sacred music industry. For those who choose to accuse others of nothing more than base and ill motives (ie, money) for their pursuit of better sound in a newly emerging hi-res, highly compact and deliverable/streamable, carefully researched and listened to listened to listened to new audio encoding that requires extensive listening and comparison rather than only spec reading to evaluate, let those accusers at least know the scope of the indictments they are passing without jury onto others characters, with or without snake oil expletives.

https://www.mqa.co.uk/news/post/mqa-partners-reap-rewards
(Pro-ject, Hegel, NAD, Mytek, Bluesound, iFi Audio, Astell&Kern, TIDAL, AudioQuest, HELM, LG, dCS Bartok, Aurender, Esoteric, FiiO, Wadax, Control4, Mark Levinson, Dali Callisto, Roon).

Other MQA Partners include:  nugs.net, Onkyo Music, Hi-Res Audio, e-onkyo (Japan), Sony, Pioneer, 2L, Xiami Music, Audirvana, Amarra, Essential, Cayin, HiBy, ibasso, Audiolab, Berkeley, Bel Canto, Brinkmann, Canever, Novatron, EmmLabs, exaSound, Jineung, Lumin, M2Tech, Matrix Audio, Meridian, Moon, MSB, NuPrime, PS-Audio, PureAudio, S.M.S.L., Teac, Atoll, Cary, Esoteric, Citech, Technics, Krell, Rotel.

“MQA is quite an emotional experience. One of the great pleasures of MQA, beyond its ability to give the listener high resolution sound, is having a true center come out of two loudspeakers or earphones.” – Bruce Botnik, longtime The Doors engineer

Let it be. – DE


TIDAL streams hi-res as MQA Remasters. Their iOS/Android/Windows player decodes to 24/96 without buying any new hardware. Right now there are over 23,000 albums and singles in the TIDAL “Masters” catalog. These usually appear with the letter “M” on the thumbnail.

There is a list online that gets updated twice a week with the current MQA Masters album list on TIDAL. You can download it as a CSV file and open it in Excel anytime.

Here is the Forum that created and manages the list. The link to the list is in the first post you see “MQA_List.csv”:

https://www.meridianunplugged.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php

Most remasters are 24/96 or 24/192k but some are CD (44k) remasters (where MQA sound quality improvements are most noticeable to my ears) and some are up to DXD rates (352.8k and 384k). My albums are in this list:



There are some of my all time favorite albums in this list including (random picks) Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, Todd Rundgren’s Faithful, Talking Heads 77, The Stones Let It Bleed, Yes Fragile, Steve Earle Copperhead Road, Tom Petty (they have just about all of them). Create your own playlists and have at it.

Yeah But Does It Really Sound Better?

Yeah, it does. PCM never sounded so good to my ears after about 35 years of trying, until I heard MQA encoded masters. I’m talking about CDs (PCM) and other hi-res up to 24/192k. I hated CD sound then I found DSD and never looked back for what sounded good digitally for audio. But everyone was still listened to CD and PCM streaming….Then I found MQA for all of those people hearing CD quality and worse (MP3, AAC) all the time. I had a lot of music recorded for CD since the mid 90’s. It needed help. MQA helped it a lot. It could also make my DSD available for listening to people not setup to hear DSD. And it still sounded darn (damn) good.

MQA is good for CD, it doesn’t have to be hi-res. I don’t notice the press talking/writing/blogging much about this but I hear the most improvement on regular CD masters at 16 or 24/44.1k. I have my work to compare first and foremost to my ears here. That’s why I had my whole CD collection reencoded as MQA. They all sounded much better that way, more like what I heard when I was recording and mixing them. The MQA “math” also points to its biggest improvements at the lower resolution masters like CD where brickwall filters typically used for studio recording/mastering induce the highest incidence of pre-echo ringing on the results. MQA removes this unnatural edgy artifact from the master so it sounds more like analog when you listen to it, especially if it’s acoustic and vocal and not compressed to start with.

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The hi-res 24/96 and above streams at the lower bitrates from TIDAL. That means you won’t use lots of data (around 1 to 1.5mbps) to listen to the music coming in at 24/96, 192 and higher. MQA has a “folding” technology that saves data space which means small files for downloading and low bitrates for streaming.

You can try TIDAL free for 30 days from their web site at TIDAL.com

 


Thank You NativeDSD & Listeners in Lots of Countries

 

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Huge thank you’s for all who took advantage of the COMBI-1 discount new downloads for Higher Rates Program (HRP) up to DSD512.

In February 90% of those buying my DSD downloads at NativeDSD.com were selecting remaster rates above the original DSD64.  These higher rates are another evolved technology that brings huge smiles to listeners ears, mine included. Thank you NativeDSD!

Thank you to all February listeners from Germany, US, Spain, Canada, Italy, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Great Britain, France, Portugal, Netherlands, Romania, Sweden, Hungary, Belgium — Many thanks! – DE



MESSAGE FROM DE: When a message is better than a mission. Why DSD Why MQA Why Hi-Res Why Art Of Listening

On Mar 4, 2020, at 12:01 PM, music at davidelias.com wrote:

Aloha & Welcome to the hi-res world with DSD and MQA as well as PCM above 16/44.1. I was introduced to DSD long ago and still work quite a bit at what I came to call the art of listening, a lot of which has to do with retraining my ears not to listen to music the way compressed CD was first presented in the early 80’s. In 1999 I heard DSD64 from a Sony prototype 2-track (Stereo) archive machine on some of the Sony analog masters converted to DSD and captured in the new PDM (not PCM) approach to digital audio. I finally had some relief in listening to digital audio and could relax with what I was hearing as a counterpart to the original analog recording. I’ve been working at those listening skills ever since and there are many dimensions to them.

To answer some of your questions about free DSD demos, the first page I can send you to is here:

https://www.oppodigital.com/hra/dsd-by-davidelias.aspx

I worked with OPPO for many years before they shut their doors in the US. Great company and products for value and quality. I still use the 103 here for SACD and CD mostly. My samples on this OPPO page can get you into comparing some of the basic variations in digital audio from straight PCM, to hi-res PCM, to DSD and then MQA.

In prior years I have tried to upsample my own DSD masters to DSD128 and DSD256 and never had a conclusive result as far as listening and comparing to the original DSD64. So I left that aside until NativeDSD did their conversions using more modern tools and gear. Things improved dramatically for my ears under their process of the DSD resample. In addition, I use a fantastic product from iFi Audio that has the ability to upsample/resample everything it receives streaming from MP3 (any bitrate) to CD (ie, TIDAL) to higher res (Qobuz 24/96) and first filter then resample as DSD1024 before converting to analog and preamplification through their analog tube component.

This is the iFi Audio Pro iDSD Preamp/DAC — I wrote about it on my blog (https://art-of-listening.com) and it was published at Positive Feedback Online (https://positive-feedback.com/reviews/hardware-reviews/ifi-audio-pro-idsd-dac/).

If you take the time to download and compare some of the samples on the OPPO page, let me know if there’s a particular song that works best for you as far as comparative listening and I can send you a DSD128 of that for you to play in your OPPO.  The 205 by the way can be used as a DAC connected via to the PC and support DSD rates higher than 128.  Mac has problem going above DSD128. I use JRiver as my main computer audio player setup. The iFi Pro iDSD by the way can act as a regular USB DAC as well up to DSD512 playing downloaded audio.

The MQA approach (PCM not PDM) to higher sample rates makes the headache of the large DSD files go away for downloading as well as storage. You will see from my samples that the MQA remaster is not much larger than any 24/44.1k download (slightly larger than a CD ripped to FLAC). I measure the streaming bitrate of my MQA which unfolds to 24/352.8k at well under 1mbps. This is incredibly useful for anyone streaming, especially in places like here in East Hawaii where cell service and internet service are not fat pipes like in the big cities.

As I’ve written on my blog, MQA does an incredibly good job correcting the pre- (most important) and post-echo ringing in PCM masters. This is most effective on the Red Book CD Masters at 16/44.1k but adds sonic improvements at the higher rates as well like the popular 24/96 (ringing is not as severe on higher bitrate recorded/mastered work, nor does it exist for sonic detriment in DSD).

As you know already, hi-res is a big subject with lots of diversions to follow and things to try to get your best sound to your ears from your equipment in your rooms for listening and headphones. I’m happy to send you these samples and hope you take some time to compare them. The DSD128, DSD256 and DSD512 from NativeDSD are further improvements on what I get from my DSD masters. I wrote about this on my blog as well.

https://art-of-listening.com/2019/11/23/the-single-bit-in-dsd-goes-further-than-the-us-dollar/

Here is some summary of things I’ve been addressing in hi-res lately:
https://art-of-listening.com/2020/01/24/3-things-nothing-related-to-anything-except-everything/

If you search the web for OPPO 205 and DSD256 you can find more info on how the OPPO can play higher res DSD as a DAC from players like JRiver or Foobar2000 on the PC/Windows.

Hope all this helps.
Best Regards,

David Elias
https://davidelias.com
https://davidelias.bandcamp.com (PCM and MQA catalog)
https://youtube.com/davideliasvideo
https://art-of-listening.com