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DSF File Extension | How to Open? [Definitive Guide 2019]

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DSF file extension (.dsf) is high-resolution audio format, that contains lossless 1-bit audio stream in delta sigma modulation (aka Direct Stream Digital). The format is intended for 1-bit DSD DACs. Multichannel DSD music is supported. Alternative format is DFF. Read how to playback, convert, edit DSF music files and more.
Remark: Also .dsf is graphical format to store diagrams, illustrations and other, that opened with graphical editing software (an example, Corel Designer).

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DSF converters


DSF converters are intended to convert:

Converter quality is estimated by noise/artefact level of conversion.

Converters of DFS files may be compared by overload tolerance. Read more >

DSF file converter software

Disclaimer: there are may be wrong or obsolete software description. To get exact information, contact the software developers and/or vendors. If you found wrong information, contact us, please.

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Converter software Input files Output files Sample rate Operation system Graphical user interface
AuI ConverteR 48x44 DSF, DFF, ISO, PCM (FLAC, WAV, mp3,...) DSF, DFF, PCM up to D1024 (DSF, DFF),
up to 768 kHz (PCM)
Windows, Mac Yes
Audiogate       Windows, Mac Yes
DSD2FLAC DSF, DFF FLAC, FLAC DoP up to D128 Mac, Linux Yes
Foobar 2000 DSF, DFF, ISO PCM up to D512 Windows Yes
iso2dsd ISO DSF, DFF D64 Mac, Windows, Linux Yes
JRiver DSF, DFF, ISO, PCM DSF, PCM   Windows, Mac, Linux Yes
sacd_exract ISO DSF, DFF D64 Mac, Windows No (command line tool)
TraX SACD Extractor ISO     Mac Yes

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Articles about DSD converter comparison

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DSF players

WARNING: The audio player table can contains errors. It is not offer or advertizing. We are not affiliated with listed products. We guarantee nothing. If you found wrong information, contact us, please. To get exact information, contact with the software developers and/or vendors.

DSF audio player software list 2018


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DSF player Operation system License Sample rate Description
Foobar2000 (with sacd input plugin) Windows Free up to DSD512  
Hysolid Windows Free up to DSD256 To work on music server PC with smartphone app control
Fostex Audio Player Windows, Mac Free up to DSD128  
Media Player Classic Windows Free    
TEAC HR Audio Player Windows, Mac Free up to DSD256  

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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 format 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 file 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]


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