Much ado about nothing:
The experts and parts of the Hi-Fi/High End scene are at cross purposes over
the new recording format DSD, on which the Super Audio CD is based, and
possible advantages of this format in comparison to PCM, as it is used for
CD and (in its high-resolution variety) for DVD-Audio, the rival format of
Whereas the discussion is marred by the use of unsuitable comparisons and
untenable marketing slogans, EBS really undertakes to compare the formats.
They are the first (and perhaps the only) team worldwide to do so.
During the recording of Mahler´s 2nd Symphony (Vienna Philharmonic
Orchestra, Gilbert Kaplan, released on Deutsche Grammophon CD 474 380-2,
SACD 477 594-2) in the Musikvereinssaal, Vienna, the whole recording
sequence is carried out by using both PCM and DSD technology following the
To exclude sound variations by different A/D converters, the team uses
special converters capable of dealing with both formats. The result of the
subsequent listening comparisons by double-blind test is as straight-forward
as sobering: There is no difference whatsoever.
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