I recently discovered to my delight that I can rip my few SACDs with my Oppo 103D.
I did so with an album titled “Ultimate Mancini”.
I put the 2-channel DSF files on my NAS.
Playing the “Peter Gunn theme”.
When playing this DSF file via the Oppo directly (DSD to PCM conversion) it sounds great just like the SACD.
When playing with Roon going into my Bluesound Node (also DSD to PCM conversion), it also sounds great and the same as through the Oppo. The Bluesound node is connected to a Benchmark DAC2 HGC with optical cable.
Today I got a Raspberry Pi3 to play around with. I installed DietPi and configured it and plugged it into the Benchmark DAC2 with USB. Playing the same file, the DAC recognizes it as DSD. At first I didn’t notice it but then going back and forth between playing the SACD disc directly from the Oppo and then the file via Roon and Raspberry Pi, I noticed that the instruments were in the wrong place. The opening drumming sequence should be left of center. With the Pi, it is dead center and so it doesn’t sound the same
Just to confirm, I dusted of my old Philips SACD player and plugged the analog out into my preamp. It also had the drumming left of center.
I’ve confirmed my playback settings are correct. The file is definitely 2-channel. I’m not sure what is causing the difference. I’ve tried DoP and Convert to PCM settings. There should be no downmixing as the file is only 2-channel but I also tried the Channel Mapping Only setting and it was the same.
It’s very strange. Anyone have any idea about this?
Thanks for all the suggestions guys.
This is pretty embarassing. A month or so ago I was cleaning up the cable mess behind my rack and I apparently switched the front left and right speakers! Never noticed it in all this time!
Putting the connection back and off course everything is good again.
Yup. But in my defense the connections were switched around on the pass through inputs of my Anthem Receiver which only gets used for movies and SACD playback. I didn’t play any SACDs until just now and I’ve only watched some older movies that aren’t very active in the front L and R channels!