Test DSD256 vs DSD64 quality improvement

Ever wondered of the sound quality improvement brought by the DSD256 native playback capability of Audirvana Plus through compatible DACs?

NativeDSD.com has made the recordings to provide this experiment and is proposing free downloads of the same recording done simultaneously in DSD64 and DSD256:

In the brave new world of High Resolution Music Downloads many music fans have asked a big question: Is there a difference in sound quality that comes from recordings made at different bit rates and different Analog to Digital Converters (ADCs)?

A Unique Opportunity
The experts at NativeDSD.com are giving you a unique opportunity to compare session files from a brand new performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by the Budapest Festival Orchestra under the direction of Iván Fischer. The session was recorded at two different Direct Stream Digital (DSD) bit rates – Single Rate DSD (DSD 64fs) and Quad Rate DSD (DSD 256fs) with two of the industry’s best Analog to Digital Converters – the Grimm Audio AD1 (at DSD 64fs) and the Merging Technologies Horus (at DSD 256fs) Live in Budapest.
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You can read more about The Engineers, The Recording and Comments from the Engineers in the complete version of the article, posted on Computer Audiophile: http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content/635-midsummer-night%92s-dream-compare-simultaneous-dsd64-and-dsd256-session-recordings/

Download and Compare!
We would like to invite you to download the files, free of charge, and hear the (potential) differences in sound quality for yourself. I look forward to reading your comments and results as a response to the article on Computer Audiophile. Make sure you tell us about your DAC, and the bit rates you listened to. And most of all, I hope you enjoy this fun exercise, and enjoy helping the folks at NativeDSD and Channel Classics make some DSD recording history!

The Files:
* DSD 256 from the original Merging Horus AD converter
* DSD 128 downsampled from Horus 256
* DSD 64 downsampled from Horus 256
* DSD 64 from the original Grimm AD converter

Find the Free DSD track downloads of the session files from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream recording sessions in the Just Listen section at NativeDSD: https://justlisten.nativedsd.com/albums/mendelssohn-session

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