DSD player software is designed to playback Direct Stream Digital audio files (.dsf, .dff, sacd iso, DoP). Look how to play DSD files via free software (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS for iPhone, iPad), about sound quality, comparison list, F.A.Q. at this page - explanation by audio software developer Yuri Korzunov.
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DSD player audio software list [See FREE audio players for hi-res]
|Audio player||Operation system||License||Supported file types||Sample rate||DAC interface||Description|
|DSD players Windows, Mac, Linux|
|Amarra Luxe||Windows, Mac||Commercial||DSF|
|Audiogate||Windows, Mac||DSF, DFF||up to DSD128||DAC limitation for the software activation|
|Audirvana||Mac||Commercial||DSF, DFF (including DST), SACD ISO||DoP, DSD to PCM|
|Daphile||Run as firmware (Linux based) from flash stick memory||Free||DSF||Music server. Stereo only|
|Foobar2000(with sacd input plugin)||Windows||Free||DSF, DFF (including DST), SACD ISO||up to DSD512||ASIO, DSD to PCM|
|Fostex Audio Player||Windows, Mac||Free||DSF, DFF||up to DSD128||ASIO, DoP|
|JRiver||Windows, Mac, Linux||Commercial||DSF, DFF (including DST), SACD ISO||ASIO, DoP, DSD over DLNA, DSD to PCM, PCM to DSD|
|HQ Player||Windows, Mac, Linux||Commercial||DSF, DFF (non-compressed DSDIFF)||up to DSD1024||DSD to PCM, PCM to DSD, ASIO, DoP|
|Hysolid||Windows||Free||DSF||up to DSD256||ASIO, DoP WASAPI||To work on music server PC with smartphone app control|
|Logitech Media Server||Windows, Mac, Linux||DoP PCM files||Bit-perfect PCM output of DoP||Need additional hardware and pre-conversion DSD files to PCM DoP files. How to adjust and use the software.|
|Media Player Classic||Windows||Free||DSF, DFF|
|moOde audio player||To run on Raspberry Pi||Free||Here information about DSD settings|
|Pine Player||Mac||Free||DSD to PCM (up to 768 kHz)||Mac App Store|
|Resonic Player||Windows||Free, Commercial||DSF, DFF||up to DSD512|
|Roon|| Windows, Mac;|
server on Windows, Mac, Linux
|Commercial||Bit-perfect, DSD to PCM||Server may be installed on network area storage (NAS)|
|TEAC HR Audio Player||Windows, Mac||Free||DSF, DFF||up to DSD256||ASIO, DoP|
|Technics Audio Player||Windows, Mac||DSF, DFF||up to DSD128||USB driver||Read the software license agreement about using limitations|
Run as firmware from flash stick memory on PC, Raspberry Pi, other
|UPNP DLNA, Airplay, DoP||Music server|
|Wtfplay||Linux||Free||DSF||up to DSD128; DSD256, DSD512 are experimental||DoP|
|DSD players Android and iOS (mobile applications)|
|HibyMusic||Android, iOS||Free||DSF, DFF (including DST), ISO||up to DSD256||net driver (Dropbox / DLNA / LAN) native DSD, DoP, DSD to PCM|
|Hi-Res music player-NePLAYER||iOS||Commercial||DSF, DFF||up to DSD256||DSD to PCM, DoP||Check DSD replay issues at online store page|
|HYSOLID||Android, iOS||Free||Music server control application|
|Neutron Music Player||Android, iOS||Commercial||UPnP / DLNA, USB DAC, DoP, DSD to PCM||There is evaluation version 'Neutron Music Player (Eval)' on Android|
|Onkyo HF Player||Android, iOS||Free, Commercial||DSF, DFF||up to DSD256||AOA 2.0, DoP, DSD to PCM||Some limitations of free version|
|TEAC HR Audio Player||Android, iOS||DSF, DFF||up to DSD256||DoP, DSD to PCM||There are DSD limitations of free version|
|USB Audio Player PRO||Android||Commercial||DoP, DSD to PCM, native DSD playback|
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How to play DSD files
To play DSD files, audio player software should be configured properly. DAC may be either DSD or PCM.
There is no general rule, that is the best sound quality for every case.
When PCM DAC is used, the conversion of DSD to PCM format is used.
DSD DAC may get an audio stream natively ('native DSD' stream via ASIO driver) of DoP (DSD over PCM).
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Read more details below.
How do I get the best sound quality on my computer?
You can get the best sound quality on your computer / laptop on Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile device on Android, iOS, when you reduce weak places of the audio-signal path and your DAC works in optimal resolution.
What is bit-perfect mode
DSD files may be played back in bit-perfect modes:
- DSD file (DSF, DFF, SACD ISO);
- DoP (DSD over PCM) file (FLAC, WAV, AIFF, other lossless PCM files).
Bit-perfect means transmitting of audio file content to DAC without altering.
What is gapless playback
When uninterrupted albums (operas, concerts) listen, non-gapless playback can cause clicks at track borders.
Gapless playback means playback album as a solid (uninterrupted) stream without re-initialization of DAC.
If the album is converted from an audio format to another one with resampling, it can cause artifacts at track borders. To avoid the track-border artifacts, True Gapless conversion may be used.
Offline conversion mode
With bit-perfect mode, you can playback offline pre-converted audio files (including PCM to DSD). This mode doesn't consume additional computing resources for altering an audio file. Also, it saves electrical energy that is spent on the processing.
Many digital audio players (DAP) capable of playback at stereo headphones. But some of your records may be multichannel.
When DAP play a multichannel record, it downmixes to 2.0. Downmixing is a lossy operation and its sound quality depends on implementation.
Also, extra channels consume free space on the hard disk of the DAP. Offline pre-downmixed to stereo files allow putting more songs at hard disk.
If file played back on a mobile device in bit-perfect mode or with minimal processing, it allows:
- saving battery charge;
- getting a longer time of autonomous work;
- getting more computing resources for other (not audio player) applications.
Inline conversion mode
DSD and PCM files may be played back with inline (real-time, 'on-fly') altering of audio content:
- with DSD resampling;
- with room correction;
- with conversion DSD to PCM on PCM DAC.
This mode allows saving time for pre-converting of various audio files to the best sounding mode of DAC. But each playback can consume big computing resources to resolution conversion and other processing.
Real-time playback conversion DSD to PCM on mobile devices consume additional battery charge and part of the device CPU performance. It can cause a lesser time of autonomous work and reduce the response of other (non-player) applications.
Inline (real-time) vs offline conversion
of audio files on mobile devices
Offline conversion of audio files gives a longer battery lifetime. Because a mobile device performs lesser calculation number.
Also pre-downmix, pre-conversion DSD to PCM, pre-downsampling save free space at the hard disk of the mobile device.
To DSD playback (including bit-perfect) under Windows, DAC may be connected to an audio player via ASIO driver or DoP protocol.
Also, WASAPI (with DoP) interface may be used to playback (including bit-perfect).
DoP is the special open protocol to coding DSD into PCM audio stream. The stream cannot be played back as PCM.
To DSD playback under Mac, DAC may be connected to an audio player via DoP protocol.
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What is the best DSD player
In audiophile application, the players are compared by the sound quality.
If the player has bit-perfect mode and used DAC support played file resolution, sound quality is the same for such players.
But, if an audio resolution is altered or EQ is used, then applied processing quality is a matter.
In general, the best DSD player with processing should cause minimal distortions.
Also kind of distortions may be matter.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is DSD player? How do I listen DSD files?
DSD player is a device or software, that capable to play audiophile format Direct Stream Digital. It may be suggested as SACD optical disks or computer files.
Is DSD better than FLAC?
It is matter of recording quality and playback tool implementation. Read about DSD and FLAC comparison...
Is DSD audio worth it?
DSD allow to simplify a playback system and solve some issues of analog filter, theoretically. But implementation of the system makes actual result. See more...
Where can I download FLAC songs for free? Where can I download high-quality music for free?
You can download high-quality (high-resolution) files from the download resources into list here...
Can VLC play DSF?
Looks like, VLC can't play DSF. Follow current state here...
Can iPhone play DSD files?
Yes. iOS player software can play DSD files. See here...
How do I play DSF files with foobar2000?
Yes, you can. Read foobar2000 DSD playback guide here...
Can Windows Media Player play DSD?
No. Windows Media Player can't play DSD. But, you can use other software...
What is DSD music file?
DSD audio files are files, that capable to contains DSD audio content: DSF, DFF, SACD ISO and DoP FLAC, WAV, etc. Read details here...
What is DSF audio file?
Read DSF file quick guide here...
What is DFF audio file?
DFF file is one of DSD files. Its audio data content is identical to DSF by the sound quality. Read DFF file details here...
How do I open DFF file?
DFF file is supported by software...
How do I play DFF files?
DFF files are played back via auio player software...
How do I play SACD ISO file?
You can play SACD ISO at hardware and software players.
However, SACD ISO may contains stereo and multichannel album variant. And it consume additional place at hardware player.
You can extract SACD ISO to DSD or PCM files. You choice PCM vs DSD is matter of your music player and hardware ability.
How do I convert DSF to FLAC?
Read about conversion DSF to FLAC here...
How do I convert DSF to mp3?
Read about conversion DSF to mp3 here...
What is native DSD support?
DSD files may be played back 3 ways:
- on-fly conversionDSD to PCM, and playback on PCM DAC (in PCM mode of the DAC);
- offline conversion DSD to PCM with conversion software, and playback on PCM DAC (in PCM mode of the DAC);
- transmit DSD audio stuff to DSD DAC to playback.
Option #3 is called 'native DSD support'. DSD may be transmitted via ASIO driver or as DoP.
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