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Positive Feedback ISSUE 65
january/february 2013


From an Editor's Notebook: Another Update to the PFO Master List of DSD-Capable DACs, January 2013
by David W. Robinson


Back in Issue 63 I gave our latest list for DSD-capable DACs, current as of that time. With the recent completion of CES 2013, I've added over a half-dozen new DSD DACs, and wanted to get this list to you, our readers, ASAP.

In no particular order, this is the DSD DAC list as of January 16, 2013:

Playback Designs MPS-5 w/USB-X interface

Playback Designs MPD-3 DAC

Mytek Stereo 192-DSD DAC

dCS Debussy USB DAC with DSD streaming support

Benchmark DAC2 HGC

EMM Labs DAC2x

Meitner Audio MA-1 and MA-2 DACs

Simple Design Sonore exD DAC

Chord Electronics Chordette QuteHD DAC and QBD76 HDSD

exaSound Audio Design e20 DAC

Fostex HP-A8C DAC

MSB Technology DAC IV

McAUDI DSD DAC (first production set debuted at RMAF 2012)

Korg DS-DAC-10 (to be released in the near future)

Resonessence Invicta DAC

Teac UD-501 DSD/Double DSD DAC

Luxman DA-06 DSD DAC

Wadia Intuition 01 integrated with DSD-capable DAC

S.o.T.M. sDP-1000 DSD-capable DAC/preamp

Light Harmonic Davinci Dual DAC (DSD-capable)

Auralic Vega DSD-capable DAC

Oppo Digital will be updating their BDP-105 for DSD from USB devices, and their next universal player will support DSD via USB (DoP)

RATOC Systems RAL-DSDHA1 DSD DAC (DoP over USB 2.0; 64fs only; no Double DSD [128fs]) yet. See for details.

RATOC Systems RAL-DSDHA2 DSD DAC (DoP over USB 2.0, 64fs only, no Double DSD [128fs]) yet. See for details.

Lector Audio Digitube (miniwatt ECC-81/12AT7) DSD DAC; first tubed DSD DAC to my knowledge. Does DSD and Double DSD, and PCM to 384 kHz. For more see

Sonore DSD-capable DAC (64fs and 128fs DSD, plus PCM to 192/24), USB 2.0 input only.

We'll continue to keep you updated on DSD DACs as we become aware of them. Our readers are invited to email me of any DSD-capable DACs that they know of and do not appear on this list.

As to DSD download sites…

…this list is growing, too, though I'm not at liberty to update that list yet.

Stay tuned, though; things are looking better all the time for DSD downloads!