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Do you want to enjoy high-quality music with DSD files? DSD files are a special type of audio files that need special software or devices to play them. In this article, you will learn how to play .dsf, .dff, SACD ISO (.iso) files with free software on your computer, phone, or tablet. You will also find out how you can play DSD files on a digital audio player. Compare different software and devices for DSD playback. This article is written by Yuri Korzunov, an expert on DSD audio. This guide on how to play DSD files will make you love music even more. Read now.
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Author: Yuri Korzunov,
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DSD audio player software list:

 

 

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DSD music player software Windows, Mac, Linux

 

Audio players for Widows Mac Linux

 

  1. Amarra Luxe
    Player program for Windows, Mac
    Commercial
    DSF player software
     
     
     
     
  2. Audiogate
    DSD player for Windows, Mac
     
    DSF, DFF
    up to DSD128
     
    DAC limitation for the software activation.
     
  3. Audirvana
    Windows, Mac
    Commercial
    DSF, DFF (including DST), SACD ISO
     
    DoP, DSD to PCM
     
  4. Daphile
    Run as firmware (Linux based) from flash stick memory
    Free
    DSF
     
     
    Music server. Stereo only.
     
  5. Foobar2000
    Windows
    Free
    DSF, DFF (including DST), SACD ISO
    up to DSD512
    ASIO, DSD to PCM
    sacd input plugin is required.
     
  6. Fostex Audio Player
    Windows, Mac
    Free
    DSF, DFF
    up to DSD128
    ASIO, DoP
     
     
  7. JRiver
    Windows, Mac, Linux
    Commercial
    DSF, DFF (including DST), SACD ISO
     
    ASIO, DoP, DSD over DLNA, DSD to PCM, PCM to DSD
     
     
  8. HQ Player
    Windows, Mac, Linux
    Commercial
    DSF, DFF (non-compressed DSDIFF)
    up to DSD1024
    DSD to PCM, PCM to DSD, ASIO, DoP
     
     
  9. Hysolid
    Windows
    Free
    DSF
    up to DSD256
    ASIO, DoP WASAPI
    To work on music server PC with smartphone app control.
     
  10. Logitech Media Server
    Windows, Mac, Linux
     
    DoP PCM files
     
    Bit-perfect PCM output of DoP
    Additional hardware and pre-conversion DSD files to PCM DoP files are need. How to adjust and use the software.
     
  11. Media Player Classic
    Windows
    Free
    DSF, DFF
     
     
     
     
  12. moOde audio player
    To run on Raspberry Pi
    Free
    DSF, DFF
     
     
    Here information about DSD settings.
     
  13. Pine Player
    Mac
    Free
     
     
     
    DSD to PCM (up to 768 kHz)
     
  14. Resonic Player
    Windows
    Free, Commercial
    DSF, DFF
    up to DSD512
     
     
     
  15. Roon
    Windows, Mac; server on Windows, Mac, Linux
    Commercial
     
     
    Bit-perfect, DSD to PCM
    Server may be installed on network area storage (NAS)
     
  16. TEAC HR Audio Player
    Windows, Mac
    Free
    DSF, DFF
    up to DSD256
    ASIO, DoP
     
     
  17. Technics Audio Player
    Windows, Mac
     
    DSF, DFF
    up to DSD512
    ASIO Native mode only
    Read the software license agreement about using limitations.
     
  18. Volumio
    Run as firmware from flash stick memory on PC, Raspberry Pi, other.
     
     
     
    UPNP \ DLNA, Airplay, DoP
    Music server
     
  19. Wtfplay
    Linux
    Free
    DSF
    up to DSD128; DSD256, DSD512 are experimental.
    DoP
     
     

 

 

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DSD players Android and iOS (mobile applications)

 

Audio players for Android and iOS

 

 

  1. HibyMusic
    Android, iOS
    Free
    DSF, DFF (including DST), ISO
     
    DXD/DoP
     
     
  2. Hi-Res music player-NePLAYER
    iOS
    Commercial
    DSF, DFF
    up to DSD256
    DSD to PCM, DoP
    Check DSD replay issues at online store page.
     
  3. HYSOLID
    Android, iOS
    Free
     
     
     
    Music server control application.
     
  4. Neutron Music Player
    Android, iOS
    Commercial
     
     
    UPnP / DLNA, USB DAC, DoP, DSD to PCM
    There is evaluation version "Neutron Music Player (Eval)" on Android.
     
  5. Onkyo HF Player
    Android, iOS
    Free, Commercial
    DSF, DFF
    up to DSD256
    AOA 2.0, DoP, DSD to PCM
    Some limitations of free version.
     
  6. TEAC HR Audio Player
    Android, iOS
     
    DSF, DFF
    up to DSD256
    DoP, DSD to PCM
    There are DSD limitations of free version.
     
  7. USB Audio Player PRO
    Android
    Commercial
     
     
    DoP, DSD to PCM, native DSD playback
     
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DSD Digital Audio Player (DAP) device list

 

DSD Digital Audio Player devices

 

 

DSD Digital Audio Player (DAP) device list [See DSF audio samples]

 

 

  1. Astell & Kern SP1000T
    DFF DSF WAV FLAC WMA MP3 OGG APE AAC ALAC AIFF MQA
    up to native DSD256, up to 32bit 384kHz
    256 GB / up to 1 TB
     
    Playback up to 12 hours
    SNR 120 ... 122 dB, WiFi 2.4 GHz
     
  2. Astell & Kern SP2000T
    DSF DFF WAV FLAC WMA MP3 OGG APE AAC ALAC AIFF MQA
    up to native DSD512, up to 32bit 384kHz
    256 GB / up to 1 TB
    Bluetooth v 5.0 A2DP, AVRCP, aptX HD, LDAC [?]
    Playback up to 9 hours
    SNR 121 ... 123 dB, WiFi 2.4 / 5 GHz
     
  3. Cowon Plenue D3
    DSF DFF SACD-ISO FLAC WAV AIFF ALAC APE WMA OGG DCF mp3 CUE
    up to DSD128, 32 bit 192 kHz
    64 / up to 128 GB
    Bluetooth v 3.0 A2DP AVRCP / SBC aptX [?]
    Playback up to 45 hours
    SNR 126 ... 131 dB
     
  4. Cowon Plenue R2
    DSF DFF SACD-ISO DXD FLAC WAV AIFF ALAC APE WMA OGG WV TTA DCF mp3 CUE
    up to native DSD256, up to 32bit 384kHz
    128 GB / ?
    Bluetooth v 3.0 A2DP AVRCP / SBC aptX [?]
    Playback up to 20 hours
    SNR 130 ... 136 dB
     
  5. Cowon Plenue L
    DSF DFF SACD-ISO DXD FLAC WAV AIFF ALAC APE WMA OGG WV TTA DCF mp3 CUE
    up to native DSD256, up to 32bit 384kHz
    256 / up to 256 GB
     
    Playback up to 9 hours
    SNR 125 ... 128 dB
     
  6. iBasso DX240
    DFF DSF DXD MQA APE FLAC WAV WMA AAC ALAC AIFF OGG MP3
    up to native DSD512,up to 32bit 768kHz
    64 GB / up to 2 TB
    Bluetooth v 5.0
    Playback approximate 11 hours
    SNR 125 dB, WiFi 2.4 / 5 GHz
     
  7. iBasso DX320
    DFF DSF DXD MQA APE FLAC WAV WMA AAC ALAC AIFF OGG MP3
    up to native DSD512,up to 32bit 768kHz
    128 GB / SDXC and SDHC Micro SD
    Bluetooth v 5.0
    Playback approximate 10 hours
    Dual battery power structure, SNR 125 dB, WiFi 2.4 / 5 GHz
     
  8. FiiO M11 Plus
    DSD DST-ISO DXD APE ALAC FLAC WAV WMA mp3 OGG AAC
    up to DSD256, up to 32bit 384kHz
    64 GB / up to 2 TB
    Bluetooth v 5.0 SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX-HD, LDAC [?]
    Playback up to 14 hours
    SNR ≥121 dB, WiFi 2.4 / 5 GHz
     
  9. FiiO M17
    DSD DST-ISO DXD APE ALAC FLAC WAV WMA mp3 OGG AAC
    up to DSD256, up to 32bit 384kHz; external USB DAC: up to DSD512, up to 32bit 768kHz
    64 GB / theoretically up to 2TB
    Bluetooth v 5.0 SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX Low Latency, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, LDAC [?]
    Playback up to 10 hours
    SNR ≥121 dB, WiFi 2.4 / 5 GHz
     
  10. Sony NW-A105
    DSF DFF MP3 WMA FLAC WAV AAC HE-AAC ALAC AIFF APE MQA
    up to DSD256, up to 32bit 384kHz
    ? / Micro SD Micro SDHC Micro SDXC
    Bluetooth v 5.0
    Playback up to 26 hours
    WiFi
     
  11. Sony NW-WM1A
    DSD MP3 WMA AAC HE-AAC FLAC ALAC AIFF
    native DSD, DSD to PCM, up to 32bit 384kHz
    128 GB / Micro SD
    Bluetooth aptX HD after firmware update [?]
    Playback up to 30 hours
     
     

 

[See FREE audio players for hi-res] [See DSF audio samples]

 

 

 

 

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How to play DSD files

DSD files are a special type of music files that offer high-quality sound. But not all devices or software can play them. You need special DSD players to enjoy the best sound quality on your computer or phone.

One option is to use a Digital Audio Player (DAP). This is a device that is made for playing music only. Some of them can play physical SACDs. SACDs are type of high-quality music discs that use DSD technology.

Another option is to use a computer, mobile phone, or tablet with installed player software.

Most devices have a built-in digital-to-analog converter (DAC). This is a part that turns digital signals into sound. However, you can also use an external DAC unit, a speaker, or a receiver that has a digital input.

Before you play DSD files, you need to set up your software correctly.

There are two types of DACs:

  • DSD and
  • PCM.

DSD DACs are better for playing DSD files, but PCM DACs are more common.

The way you play DSD files depends on the type of DAC you have.

  • If you have a PCM DAC, you need to convert your DSD files into PCM files first. Some software can do this for you as you play.
  • If you have a DSD DAC, you can play your DSD files directly or use a special method called DoP.

Can regular phones play DSD files? Yes, they can. However, you need to use quality headphones or speakers, and equipment to hear the difference.

Want to learn an example of how to play DSD files with a free software program? Check out How to play DSD with foobar2000 >

Read more to find out more details about DSD files and how to play them.

 

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Try out DSD player with free music

DSD player plays high-quality music files. You can download some free music files to test how it sounds:

 

 

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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:

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How to make your computer sound better?

You can make your computer or smartphone sound better on any system, such as Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, or iOS. You just need to do two things:

  • avoid anything that can make the sound weaker or worse, and
  • use a good part called a DAC that can turn digital signals into sound in the best way.
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What is bit-perfect mode

Bit-perfect mode (native DSD playback) is a way of playing music files without changing them. It keeps the original sound quality.

 

DSD files are a special type of music files that bring high sound quality. You can play them in bit-perfect mode on a some device or software that supports DSD. This device or software should be connected to dedicated DSD DAC.

The DSD DAC should be able to handle the speed of the music file. The speed is called the sampling rate.

Example: A DSD1024 file has a very high speed. You cannot play it in bit-perfect mode on a DSD DAC that can only handle up to DSD256 speed.

 

What is gapless playback

Some music albums have no pauses between songs. They are called uninterrupted albums. Examples are operas and live concerts.

If you play an uninterrupted album with pauses, it can sound bad. Also, you can hear clicks at the start and end of each song.

Gapless playback is a way of playing an uninterrupted album without pauses. It makes the album sound smooth and continuous.

If you change the format of an uninterrupted album, it can also sound bad. You can get artefacts at the start and end of each song. To avoid this, you can use a special method called True Gapless conversion.

 

Offline conversion mode

With bit-perfect mode, you can also play music files that you have changed before. For example, you can change a PCM file into a DSD file. This is called offline conversion.

Offline conversion has some benefits. It does not use extra power or time to change the music file while playing. It also saves electricity.

What are computing resources?

Imagine a big puzzle that makes a picture of music sound. The puzzle has many small pieces.

It takes us 2 hours to put the puzzle together. That is how much time and power we have. That is our computing resources.

But what if we have to finish the puzzle in 1 hour 30 minutes?

We can skip some puzzle pieces to save time and power. That is like changing the music file to make it easier to play.

But then the picture of the music sound will not be complete. It will lose some quality.

 

Many devices can play music with headphones. But some music files have more than two "dimensions". They are called multichannel files.

If you play a multichannel file on a device with stereo headphones, it can mix the channels together. This is called downmixing to stereo. Downmixing can make the music sound worse or not. It depends on how well the device does it.

Also, multichannel files take up more space on the device. You can save space by changing them to two-sound files before playing. This is called offline downmixing.

If you play a music file on a mobile device without changing it or with little change, it has some benefits. It can:

  1. save battery life;
  2. make the device work longer;
  3. leave more time and power for other apps.

 

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.

 

What is "real-time", "on-fly"?

An audio player should send a fixed timepiece of xmusic to a DAC.

If the piece has 1-second length, it should be sent 1 piece per second.

If we have a sending delay, DAC plays silence. And we can listen to pauses or pops.

Before being sent, the portion of music may be processed: resampled , gain altering, EQ, etc.

We put on hold the time that the portion is played.

If the piece is played for 1 second, processing time should be lesser 1 second.

Higher sampling rates contain more samples in 1 second. Thus, it requires more processing time.

 

 

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 for resolution conversion and other processing.

Real-time playback conversion DSD to PCM on mobile devices consumes additional battery charge and part of the device's CPU performance. It can cause a lesser time for autonomous work and reduce the response of other (non-player) applications.

 

Inline (real-time) vs offline conversion
of audio files on mobile devices
Inline (real-time) vs offline conversion of audio files

 

Offline conversion of audio files gives a longer battery life. Because a mobile device performs a lesser calculation number.

Also pre-downmix, pre-conversion DSD to PCM, pre-downsampling save free space on the hard disk of the mobile device.

 

 

Can computer and mobile phone play DSD? DAC interfaces

In the part the consider how to use computer or mobile phone hardware to playback DSD.

Mobile phones and many laptops contains ordinary PCM DAC.

Some player software are capable to convert DSD to PCM "on fly" (in real-time). Processing time may impact to sound quality. So real-time conversion may have lack of computing resources to implement more accurate algorithm.
Also, "heavy" algorithms extensively consume battery energy.

Alternatively, you can pre-convert DSD files to PCM (FLAC, WAV, etc.) offline.
If sound quality difference between inline and offline conversion is there, you can play pre-convenverted files back.
Pre-conversion allows to save battery energy.
If mobile phone is not capable multichannel playback in earphones,  it can downmix it to stereo in real-time. But, multichannel files waste the phone memory for all channels instead 2 channels that are actually need to physical listening. Such files may be pre-downmixed to stereo offline.

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 for coding DSD into a pseudo-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 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.

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

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F.A.Q. play files

 

What is DSD player?

DSD player is a device or software, that capable to play audiophile format Direct Stream Digital. It may be provides as SACD optical disks or computer files.

Look at DSD player list...

 

What is DSD music file?

DSD audio files are files, capable to contains DSD audio content: DSF, DFF, SACD ISO and DoP FLAC, WAV, etc. Read details here...

 

What is DFF audio file?

DFF file is one of DSD files. Its audio data content is identical to DSF by sound quality. Read DFF file details here...

 

How do I open DFF file?

DFF file is may be opened with the software...

 

What is SACD ISO?

SACD ISO is audio file ripped from SACD optical disk.

Read more...

 

What is DSF audio file?

Read DSF file quick guide here...

 

How do I open a DSF file?

Read how to open DSF file...

 

 

 

 

F.A.Q. audio quality


 

Is DSD better than FLAC?

It is a matter of recording quality and playback tool implementation. Read about DSD and FLAC comparison...

 

Is DSD audio worth it?

Probably, you heard that Direct Stream Digital is good-quality audio. DSD allows simplifying a playback system and solves some issues of an analog filter of ADC and DAC, theoretically. But implementation of the system makes actual result. See more...

 

Is DSD the best audio format?

DSD have as advantages as disadvantages comparing alternative audio formats. Read details...

 

Which is best format for audio?

Many audio formats intersect by features and can replace each another. Read more which format is the best..

 

What is the highest quality audio file?

As rule, it is lossless files in high resolution (WAV, FLAC, DSF, DFF, SACD, SACD ISO and others).

Read details...

 

 

 

 

F.A.Q. Direct Stream Digital


 

Is DSD dead?

No. DSD music is produced and sold now.

Listen to:

 

Is DSD a SACD?

SACD is optical disk format that contains DSD audio. Read details...

 

Where can I download FLAC songs for free?

You can download high-quality (high-resolution) music from the download resources into the list here...

 

 

Where can I download DSD for free?

You can get DSD files to listening at online websites.

Download .dsf files for free...

Also, check out these download sites...

 

 

 

 

F.A.Q. audio players

 

 

What is a DSD player?

Player, which can play DSD, is computer software or device, that play DSD files or SACD optical disk.

Read more...

 

Can you play DSD without a DAC?

Do you want to know need a DAC for DSD? Then we have good news. You can listen to DSD without dedicated DAC.
To listen DSD files on computer or mobile device without DSD DAC, you can:

 

What is native DSD support?

DSD files may be played back 3 ways:

  1. on-fly conversion DSD to PCM, and playback on PCM DAC (in PCM mode of the DAC);
  2. offline conversion DSD to PCM with conversion software, and playback on PCM DAC (in PCM mode of the DAC);
  3. 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.

 

How do I listen to DSD files?

You can play DSD files (.dsf and .dff) different ways. DSD files may be natively listened to with DSD DAC and compatible player software or DAP.

To playback at PCM DAC, DSD files and be previously converted to FLAC, WAV, AIFF and other PCM formats.

To play .dsf files on Mac and Windows, you can use DSD players...

Also, you can optimize sound quality...

 

How do I listen to DSD audio?

DSD audio may be purchased on SACD disks or music files.

There are many media players that allows listening to DSD audio in all these formats.

Computer allows playing DSD files only.

Also, you can pre-convert DSD to PCM audio formats, and listen to it om more common PCM DAC.

Read also: How to improve sound quality...

 

Can VLC play DSF?

Looks like, VLC can't play DSF. Current state is here...

Anyway, you can use conversion DSF files to FLAC ones instead.

Read more...

 

Can Plex play DSD files?

Looks like, the Plex media server converts DSD to PCM "on fly" (discussion).

Alternatively, you can pre-convert DSD to FLAC and listen to converted files on this server software.

 

Can Windows 10 play DSD?

To play DSD audio files on Windows 10, use audio players. Read details here...

 

How do I play DSD files on Windows 10, 11?

Both Windows 10 and 11 support Hi-Res Audio. Audio files in DSD format can be played on Windows 10 with music software player. Read more...

 

 

How can I play DSD files on my PC?

You can play DSD files on your PC with audio player software.

Also, DSD DAC may required.

Read more...

 

Can Android play DSD?

Yes. There are Android player software that can play DSD files. See here...

 

Is there a DAC app for Android?

No. A DAC is hardware always. It can contains firmware (built-in) software.

However, an audio player can provide inline conversion to used DAC mode (DSD or PCM).

Alternatively, and audio file format may be converted offline via a audio converted software...

 

How do I listen to high resolution audio on Android?

You can play high-resolution audio on Android via phone's earbuds/headphone output ar connect portable DAC with amplifier.
See list of hi-res audio player software here...

 

Can Android play lossless?

You can play to lossless music file on Android music player software...

 

How do I play DSF files with foobar2000?

Yes, you can. Read foobar2000 DSD playback guide here...

 

Can Windows Media Player play DSD files?

No. Windows Media Player can't play DSD (DSF and DFF files). But, you can use other software...

 

How do I play DSF files on Foobar?

You can play DSF file on Foobar with this guide...

 

How do I play DFF files?

DFF files are played back via audio player software...

 

How do I play SACD ISO file?

You can open and play SACD ISO files at hardware and software players.

However, SACD ISO may contain stereo and multichannel album variants. And it consumes additional place at hardware player.

You can extract SACD ISO to DSD or PCM files. Your choice PCM vs DSD is a matter of your music player and hardware ability.

See more:

  1. Software to playback SACD ISO files...
  2. Play SACD ISO on foobar2000...
  3. How to choose target format...

 

Does VLC play DSD files?

As the author know, VLC can't play DSD files. Read details...

 

Can Audirvana play ISO?

Audirvana software can play SACD ISO files.

 

Can Audirvana play SACD ISO?

Yes. Audirvana is capable to play SACD ISO files [discussion].

 

Does Foobar play ISO? Can Foobar play ISO?

Foobar2000 software can play SACD ISO files. Read more...

 

Can MusicBee play DSD files?

As it's written in this source, MusicBee software can play DSD files.

However, you can use DSD to PCM (FLAC, WAV, mp3) offline conversion instead. Read more...

 

How do I play a SACD file on my PC?

To play SACD ISO file you can use DSD audio player software.

 

What is the best audio player for Mac?

Best audio player for Mac is individual choice. Here you can read general recommendations...

 

How can I listen to hi res music on my Mac?

To listen hi-res music on Mac use hifi audio players...

 

 

 

 

F.A.Q. convert audio

 

 

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...

 

Is DSF better than FLAC?

DSF is DSD audio file format. Read more...

FLAC is PCM audio format. Read more...

Read about comparison DSF and FLAC...

 

 

 

 

F.A.Q. audio streaming

 

 

Is Tidal a DSD?

No. Tidal doesn't stream DSD, on moment the aswer the question. Read about DSD streaming...

 

Does Qobuz have DSD?

No. Quobuz does not stream DSD. Check out DSD streaming...

 

 

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