DSD support

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    Scott W.

    Hi Lee,

    Thanks for letting us know - sorry for the delay here. We appreciate your feedback and suggestion, and we'll share it with our development team.

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    adamvandenbos

    Yes please

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    Etienne Bres

    We are now in 2017, is there any News about Dsd support for the node 2 ?

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    Laurent Fontanel

    It's 2018. When can we expect to see DSD support? The hardware seems plenty capable. If it's a licensing issue, why not offer it as add-on $ feature? or at least offer some kind of transcoding w/ sox or a similar tool?

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    Uwe Moeschel

    Well already in early 2017 BluSound mentioned on this forum that DSD will come soon, now 2018. I'm not impressed. 

    It seems my Oppo 205 will become my favourite music playing device with Roon support and DSD support.. It seems I will not buy or extend any BluOS device or recommend it to others. 

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  • Hi Uwe

    We will be releasing an updated BluOS Controller App for Windows and macOS in the coming days. Once of its added features is DSD Support. 

    We also look forward to finally bringing this to you.

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    Uwe Moeschel

    Hi Tony,

     

    Looking forward to test it out. 

     

    Will it work with the Library only or will BlueSound support DSD over Roon as well?

     

    Kind Regards, Uwe

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  • Hi Uwe

    I can't speak for how Roon handles DSD. You will have to ask them...

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    Uwe Moeschel

    Hi Tony,

     

    Bluesound is Roon enabled. Roon itself can handle DSD's just fine and if the endpoint (in this case BlueSound) is DSD enabled Roon streams bit perfect DSD to the Roon enabled device. However the device must "say" to Roon it is. The question is does Bluesound can ?

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    Tony W. - Product Support Manager

    Hi Lee

    Native DSD is not a defined standard and different systems handle DSD over PCM differently. As mentioned, please check with Roon how they handle DSD.

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    Luis Puncel

    I appreciate Bluesound finally adding DSD support.  Will the BlueOS update also enable DSD support on the first generation Node and PowerNode?

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    Uwe Moeschel

    Maybe I'm too computer illiterate, how does DSD support work?

     

    on my network library none of the DSD files do show up.

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  • Hi Uwe

    Initial DSD Playback requires the BluOS App for Windows or MacOS. In Settings. Playback, Turn on Enable DSD Playback. Using the Browse button, locate the DSD files on your PC. These will be copied and converted to PCM and available to all Bluesound Players in all Apps once completed. The original DSD files will not be altered...

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    Uwe Moeschel

    Dear Tony,

    Thanks for the update. However I'm less than impressed.

    Why?

    Well converting to Flac and putting the doubled up files in another directory I could have done in a heartbeat myself a year ago.

    When asking for DSD support, I believe we all asked (at least me) for direct DSD capability with the BlueSound DAC being able and capable to interpret the DSD directly. The files being directly visible in the library and ideally tagged and searchable as DSD's

    I was certainly not expecting a DSD to Flac conversion for the Bluesound able to interpret the files. In my opinion that certainly defeats the purpose from a music lover perspective of DSD files in the first instance. Isn't it?

    Well I said I'm not impressed, after that I really feel empty and very disappointed, and actually a slight feel of betrayal comes up. A year gone and than this... I'm sorry if I sound disappointed, but I truly and deeply am.

    From a platform perspective, I'm really sorry for the moment you lost me. I can only hope and reading into your response as you mentioned "initial DSD support" that we may get real DSD support one day. (another year?)

    For the moment whilst I like your DAC from a pure sound perspective, you lost a customer to the Roon platform which works with my OPPO DAC flawlessly directly together to play DSD (up to DSD256) on the OPPO UDP 205 bit perfect, flawless with no conversion. 

    Maybe I'm expecting too much if so let me know...

    Kindest Regards, Uwe

     

     

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    Luis Puncel

    Do you think we were all waiting for the ability to convert DSD to PCM? The ability to do that has been widely available, and Roon already does that when sending a DSD file to Bluesound endpoints.  In short, this new feature is nothing.  Sorry, but greatly disappointed.

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    Laurent Fontanel

    Agree with the recent comments: that is not true DSD support, not to mention that the transcoding is done offline, in essence doubling the size of one's library.

    I'm struggling to understand why DSD playback is possible on a Raspberry Pi but not on this hardware.

    Still like my Node2, but not convinced this is where I want to be long term.

    Cheers,

    L.

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    Pwoon

    I'd have to agree with the recent sentiments. Wow, it's only been 4 years since the original post and what we end up with is simply offline transcoding/conversion?!

    What a massive disappointment for all looking forward to native DSD support...perhaps an explanation as to why it's not possible and implemented this way might be beneficial.

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