Compare Formats v2.0 - FREE DOWNLOAD

Test your DAC! Free Format Comparison v2.0*

Which format is best for your DAC?
Every DAC has it's own character, some sounds better using PCM files and some sounds better using DSD files......some people find the convenience of FLAC files more important.

Here on this page is a list containing a song in 15 different formats.

The song is called 'A Fool For You' and is performed by Carmen Gomes Inc.
It’s taken from the album 'Carmen Sings The Blues'.

All the different formats have the same source file, DXD 352kHz (Studio Master).
We used the XiSRC app for the conversion to DSD and Steinberg Wavelab for the conversion to the other PCM formats and FLAC.

When you compare different sample rates always start with the lowest resolution.
During listening don't focus too much, hearing is as individual as taste but hearing is also something which can be acquired, like the taste of good wine.

You can choose from the following formats:

1.  DXD 352kHz-32bit
2.  DXD 352kHz-24bit
3.  PCM 192kHz
4.  PCM 176kHz
5.  PCM 96kHz
6.  PCM 88kHz
7.  PCM 44kHz
8.  DSD 256
9.  DSD 128
10. DSD 64
11. FLAC 352kHz
12. FLAC 192kHz
13. FLAC 176kHz
14. FLAC 96kHz
15. FLAC 88kHz

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Downloadable Items

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Name File Size Price Select Previews
A Fool For You - DXD 352kHz-32bit 612.43 MB -
A Fool For You - DXD 352kHz-24bit 459.59 MB -
A Fool For You - PCM 192kHz 250.62 MB -
A Fool For You - PCM 176kHz 230.35 MB -
A Fool For You - PCM 96kHz 125.86 MB -
A Fool For You - PCM 88kHz 115.72 MB -
A Fool For You - PCM 44kHz 58.41 MB -
A Fool For You - DSD256 323.47 MB -
A Fool For You - DSD128 161.96 MB -
A Fool For You - DSD64 81.20 MB -
A Fool For You - FLAC 352kHz 262.50 MB -
A Fool For You - FLAC 192kHz 148.21 MB -
A Fool For You - FLAC 176kHz 137.09 MB -
A Fool For You - FLAC 96kHz 81.75 MB -
A Fool For You - FLAC 88kHz 76.06 MB -
Preview A Fool For You - Carmen Gomes Inc. - -

The reason for a 2.0 version of the free compare formats

We have been made aware by the good folks over at Audio Science that our free compare formats sampler contained some strange artifacts.
Founder/Admin Amirm has taken the trouble to analyze our free comparison sampler and while he noted that the first 40 seconds were perfectly clean and with musical information all across the bandwidth, the moment the voice entered all kinds of 'dirt' showed up in the very high frequencies.

The track we used for the sampler; 'A Fool For You', is taken from the album; 
'Carmen Gomes Sings The Blues'. The album was recorded live in MCO Studio 2. The recording was a collaboration with Rhapsody Analogue Recordings (RAR). We recorded in DXD (352,8khz) and RAR recorded simultaneously to a Studer A80 Reel to Reel tape machine. We used the same set of microphones but split the signals sending them both to our digital workstation as well as to a Studer analogue mixer, where the signals were mixed using various vintage analogue equipment. We liked the color the vintage equipment added to the voice and decided to record that track as well. That is the vocal track we used for the initial mix. But as Amirm research shows, apparently this signal chain generated some high frequency noise.

Anyway, we have gone back and reopened the DXD multitrack session and made a new mix using the track that went straight to DXD. We tried (and succeeded quite well) in recreating the sound  the analogue vintage equipment added to the voice by using the tools we have in our digital workstation. But now without added high frequency noise.