Save Thousands on the PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DSD DAC and Memory Player Bundle: Upconverts All Files to 10x DSD, Plays MQA, Makes All Discs Sound Like Hi-Res DSD and PCM
Now able to decode and play back MQA, PS Audio's Roon-ready PerfectWave DirectStream DSD DAC uncovers everything previously hidden in your digital music files. This award-winning DAC up-converts all digital music files to 10x DSD, producing perfectly linear, edge-free sound guaranteed to reveal missing details in all of your music. Providing an entirely new approach to making music from any digital signal, the Colorado-made DirectStream DSD DAC will breathe new life into countless digital files and all high-resolution downloads. Whether it's MP3 or 24-bit/192kHz or DSD files, we guarantee that you have never heard your digital music sound this analog-like!
"This is a brilliant design, with exceptional execution, and paradigm-setting sound. I can tell you, this bloody DAC, DSD to the fore, is a real killer. Flat-out, stone-cold, and damn-straight."
– David Robinson, Positive Feedback
No off-the-shelf DACs inside this award-winner: DirectStream features hand-written, discrete, perfection-based digital-to-analog conversion technology that uncovers all the information hidden in your music and brings it to the forefront. CDs, downloads, high-resolution PCM or DSD based media are expertly up-sampled in the DirectStream DAC to ten times DSD rate and then output as the most pure analog signal through its singled-ended or balanced outputs into your preamplifier or use its preamp circuitry to output directly into your amplifier. However you use the DirectStream DAC, you will hear instruments and voices reproduced with an unheard level of realism!
"Whether you're a rabid DSD fan, or have strong convictions that PCM is the only way to go, PS Audio's goal for the DirectStream DAC was to make both types of recordings sound as good as possible. My personal take is that it substantially realizes that goal....It's easily the best DAC I've heard in my system, making digitally recorded music sound better than I've ever heard it."
– The Absolute Sound
DirectStream converts any digital input format, such as PCM or DSD to a pure DSD stream and outputs near-perfect analog signal. Whatever the format or sample rate, DirectStream is a pure DSD based solution that fulfills the promise of a high-resolution performance standard - one that was promised by the originators of the Compact Disc over 30 years ago. Hear what you've been been missing in your music for all these years!
"...I was already impressed by the DirectStream's ability to play music more compellingly than most D/A converters of my experience; here was the refinement that put its sonic presentation in the first rank, as well...Today, for those who've waited for a computer-friendly DAC that offers, with every type of music file, the best musicality of which DSD is capable, the PerfectWave DirectStream may be in a class by itself!"
– Art Dudley, Stereophile
“Unless you’re going to drop six figures on a dCS Vivaldi or an Esoteric Grandioso, I can’t think of a better digital disc player than the PS Audio DirectStream Memory Player and DAC.”
—Jeff Dorgay, TONEAudio, Product of the Year Award
Play any disc – from Blu-ray to CD – on the PS Audio DirectStream Memory Player (DMP) universal transport. Then, prepare to hear dimensionality, imaging, soundstaging, full-scale dynamics, balances, and low-level harmonics associated with ultra-high-res PCM and DSD. Engineered to be the last universal transport you purchase, the 20-pound DirectStream Memory Player (DMP) makes it happen. Providing external access to the pure DSD layer on SACD, and designed with an I2S interface that links with DirectStream DACs, the data-extracting DMP universal transport is a phenomenal breakthrough.
Capable of playing Blu-ray audio, DVD-Audio, AVCHD, SACD, HRx, CD, CD-R/RW, DVD±R/RW, DVD±R DL, BD-R/RE, as well as stored data through its USB digital input, DMP touts a secret weapon in the form of an advanced Digital Lens. The Lens, first invented in 1993 by PS Audio's Paul McGowan and Bob Stadtherr, electrically isolates the mechanical transport/laser mechanism of optical disc readers, improves audio quality to reference-setting degrees, and focuses audio data into a single, bit-perfect, timing-perfected stream to your DAC. With DMP, CD performance is enhanced to a level once thought unobtainable, narrowing the gap between Red Book CD and high-resolution PCM and DSD. Ordinary CDs take on new life, with improved dimensionality, soundstage width and depth, upgraded dynamics (both micro and macro), increased low level harmonic information, and richer tonal balance.
DMP also opens the long-restricted DSD layer of SACD to PS Audio DACs. Through a unique code-handshake, DMP delivers the raw DSD layer of copyright-protected SACD directly into your PS Audio DAC. For the first time, you'll uncover the wealth of audio's finest digital medium, DSD, and hear exactly what the mastering engineers who created these discs have enjoyed all along. You really need to experience DMP for yourself to hear what it does. Arrange a risk-free in-home audition today. You have the security of our 100% Money-Back Guarantee.
PS Audio Digital Lens Solves Timing, Noise, and Isolation Issues
At the heart of DMP is an advanced version of core PS Audio technology, the Digital Lens. Invented in 1993 by PS Audio founder Paul McGowan and chief engineer, Bob Stadtherr, the Digital Lens focuses digital data into a perfect stream, unaffected by the transport's mechanical and electrical properties. In digital audio, timing is everything. Jitter, noise, and a lack of isolation have major impacts on sound quality, especially affecting media such as CD. DMP's advanced Digital Lens technology solves timing, noise, and isolation problems through a unique combination of buffer memory and FPGA based digital processing. DMP's advanced Digital Lens and low-jitter fixed clock perfectly focuses the isolated datastream to the I²S, coax, or AES/EBU outputs, directly to your DAC. The results of this fine, perfectly timed data stream must be heard to fully appreciate its full implications.
Superior Data Delivery: I2S Through the HDMI Output
There are three ways to get digital audio data out of the DMP: S/PDIF, AES/EBU, or I2S HDMI. I2S is the preferred method if you have a PS Audio DAC or any manufacturer's DAC that can receive it. Three such I²S interface are provided, allowing for six-channel high resolution audio to be streamed from DMP. S/PDIF (and AES/EBU) are the standard delivery methods found on all transports and, while excellent, remain a compromised format. Standard digital outputs take three separate internal clocks along with the raw music data and combine them into one stream to the DAC. This mashup of music and clocks causes the audio to sound flat and harsh compared to I2S. A much better way of delivering the music is what I2S does, by transferring the clocks and data on separate wires within the HDMI cable, and the audible results are impressive. Simply use any HDMI cable between the DMP and appropriate DAC and you are transferring data perfectly, through I2S. A growing number of DACS and devices are adopting the PS Audio HDMI standard for digital audio transmission because of its superior audio quality.
See Cover Art and Song Titles
DMP enjoys a new user interface that includes song titles and tracks that can be read from a distance. Album art can be automatically downloaded when DMP is connected to the Internet. Every time you play a disc (and are connected to the internet) a copy of the cover art and song titles are kept for you on your own private library page accessed through the PS Audio website. From your personal page, it is a simple matter to correct any of the CD's information, change cover art, and polish your CD collection.