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How to Open DSF Audio Files [Converters, Players]


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DSF audio file format (.dsf file extension) contains lossless 1-bit audio stream under delta sigma modulation (famous as DSD). It is audiophile high resolution file format for 1-bit DSD DACs. The file format support multichannel DSF music.

DSF audio file may be opened to playback directly or, altentatively, converted to PCM file. Read below about software tools required for that (DSF players and converters), how to edit DSF: metadata and audio content. Check articles about DSD, DSF (DSD audio files).

DSF converters >DSF players >Edit DSF >DSD vs DSF vs DFF >


• Input DSF, DFF, ISO (1-bit audio) is supported in Audiophil-E, PROduce-R and configurable Modula-R
• Output DSF, DFF are supported in maximal PROduce-RD and configurable Modula-R
• For ISO tracks, DSF, DFF with length more 3 minutes FREE demo mute 2 second silence in the output middle
• DVD ISO is NOT supported


Watch educational video: DSD vs FLAC comparison


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DSF converters


DSF converters can convert: SACD ISO to DSF, DSF to DFF and back, DSF to FLAC, WAV and other PCM files and back.

Quality of the converters is estimated by noise/artefact level of converted files.

If DSD is target conversion format, the converter may be estimated by overload tolerance. Read more >

  1. AuI ConverteR 48x44 (Windows, Mac)
  2. Audiogate (Windows, Mac)
  3. Foobar 2000 (Windows)
  4. sacd_exract (Mac, Windows command line utility)
  5. iso2dsd (ISO to DSD extractor Mac, Windows, Linux)
  6. TraX SACD Extractor (Mac)
  7. DSD2FLAC (Mac, Linux)
  8. JRiver (Windows, Mac, Linux)


Watch video: DSF to FLAC converter


Read more:

  1. How to convert ISO to DSF [Mac, Windows] >
  2. How to convert DSF to FLAC [Mac, Windows] >
  3. DFF to DSF converters [Mac OS X, Windows, Linux]. 3 Conversion Ways >
  4. How to convert DSF to WAV [Mac, Windows] >
  5. How to convert DSF to mp3 [Mac, Windows] >


Articles about DSD converter comparison



DSF players


  1. Foobar2000 (with sacd input plugin)
  2. Audirvana
  3. Amarra
  4. HQ Player
  5. JRiver


To play DSF files, audio players can send music stuff directly to 1-bit DSD DAC or convert inline ("on fly") to PCM and playback at traditional PCM DAC.

Audio conversion PCM to DSD and DSD to PCM has loosing quality anyway.

Alternative way is offline (non-realtime) conversion DSF to PCM or PCM to DSF with converter software. Usually offline conversion is not restricted by real-time CPU performance and can use "heavy" precise algorithms.

Audio players may have issues of DSF compatibility: supported channel number, metadata artwork size or other.

If audio player support stereo files only or to save disk space at portable digital audio player (listen at stereo headphones), it is possible to convert multichannel DSF 5.1 to stereo.

Read more about DSF players >


Read below how to edit DSF file metadata and audio content.

Watch video about DSF to FLAC conversion.

Check more links to articles about DSF, DFF, DSD below ↓



How to edit DSF files


Edit metadata

  1. AuI ConverteR 48x44 (Windows, Mac)
  2. JRiver (Mac, Windows, Linux)
  3. Metadatics (Mac)


In the AuI ConverteR you can apply artwork size limitation during conversion:

see Settings > Metadata tab > Maximal size artwork... (width or height)


Edit DSF audio file content

Read articles about editing of DSF audio files:



Look at video how to convert DSF to FLAC and more links to articles about DSF, DSD below ↓


How to Open DSF Audio Files [Converters, Players]


Read more
  1. DSF file format. DSF extension >
  2. How to playback DSF files in Foobar2000 [Step-by-Step] >
  3. DSD vs DSF vs DFF Files Audio >
  4. DSF to PCM converter >
  5. DSF File Converter >
  6. DSF oversampling. D64 vs. D128 >
  7. Audio Converter DSF to FLAC >
  8. How Impact to Audio Quality of PCM to DSF Conversion. 1-bit DSF vs. PCM >



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