Native DSD customers say…

The tracks clearly demonstrate (literally!) how good digital recordings can be when experienced engineers with first class musicians and venues with excellent acoustics all come together. An orchestra in full flight is something to behold. Synergy certainly at play here.

– Gordon Hargreaves (Cambridge, UK)

“Fantastic sound quality,only bought one track going to have to buy the whole album now :-)*” (discussing Beethoven Symphonies 5 and 7 by Pittsburgh Symphony on Reference Recordings)

*see post

– Foxx Artizan Delaney (Switzerland)

I’m very impressed with your web site. The design structure is first rate. Easy as pie to get around and clearly laid out. Diverse collection and truly top of the line sound recordings. New works and young artists are well represented

– Stephen Zaneteas (USA)


I was blown away by the recording and performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring I down loaded . I have loved this piece since first hearing it 30 years ago. Your recording of it is the best I’ve ever heard. The performance makes sense of the rhythmic and melodic complexities in a way I’ve never heard before.

– Patrick Mullins (Australia)

The first thing that hit me during listening to your samplers, was the closer-to-analogue sound (yes, I ‘m a vinyl lover!), than other digital formats. After listening a bit longer, I became beware of the fact that:

  • The musicians did seem to be more together
  • Improved soundstage
  • Better dynamics
  • More detailed without sounding analytical
  • The music had more room to breathe
  • The music was more emotional

It just sounded all in all just more pleasant to my ears and it was more involving, feeling more in contact with the music.

– Marcel Boekholt (Netherlands)


Keep up the great work! What an amazing way to enjoy recorded music! Spine-tingling good!

– Noel Perrin (USA)


I am very proud to let you know that I am now enjoying all of my favourite music I downloaded in DSD by following your guidance. The first sound of Rachel’s La Stravaganza was indeed mind-blowing! I felt strongly that I must establish my new listening environment with a better D/A converter to listen to Channel Classics’s recording with speakers . This is the only recording on which I can clearly hear the difference of pichicato sound by viola da gamba and that of theorbo. It is also my pleasure to do all I can to let as many people as possible know about the new music world of Native DSD.

– Satoshi Saigo (Japan)


“The sound of these albums is truly amazing, buy some good equipment and you’ll be amazed!!”

– Tommy Quinn (USA)


GREAT music recorded AND presented at DSD128. Doesn’t get any better! Thank you.

– Doak Wattigney (USA)


“Just get me more DSD files. Through the Lampizator BIG 7 they sound great !”

Full statement here.

– Stuart Smith


I’m a big fan of your site—hands down the highest quality hi-res recordings. I really appreciate how you manage to combine great performances with great recording quality. Often you only get one or the other! A feature I’d really enjoy is a wishlist. I try to limit myself to one purchase at a time (to ensure that I listen to it), but often see recordings I’d like to queue up for future purchase…

– Andrew Harman (USA)


Thanks for excellent customer support by Tom Caulfield at NativeDSD. The annoying pop noise is now gone on this awesome recording. I’m again a fully satisfied customer. Two thumbs up for NativeDSD !!


– rl5555 @ (USA)


I like the engagement of the people at Native DSD and their dedication to high quality music.

– Torsten Frank


“If you would like to get an idea of what I’m talking about, check out the new DSD download of Reference Recordings Bruckner’s 4th Symphony performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Manfred Honeck. The recording was made and post produced in 64fs DSD on a Pyramix workstation and is available for download of the .dsf files from Native DSD. There is a bloom and dimensionality to this recording that is intoxicating with extended listening.  The overall reproduction of the instrumental textures is easily heard with the JCAT Reference. One has no problem identifying a soundstage that is richly layered if the rest of your system is up to the task.”

– — Steven Plaskin (Audiostream)


DSD is conveniently better than cd. It sounds like vinyl to me which in fact sounds better without the need or hassle for record deck. There is no such thing as perfect but this is at least a step in the right direction.

– Peter


I never feel drained after listening to DSD music; quite to the contrary, I am quite invigorated after hearing music recorded at this level.

– Colin


My collection of DSD music is growing rapidly and until I found your website a few months ago, I thought Blue Coast Records, Opus3, David Elias and 2L were the only distributors of high quality DSD downloads. But your site is one of the best with great offerings and a good download system — and so many new recordings for me to explore! So you have given me a whole new source of good music to start acquiring!!  And, I think your NativeDSD website has set the benchmark for quality and variety for all the others to emulate. I enjoy especially the Technical Specs you provide with each album, the ability to listen to a sample of most tracks prior to purchasing, your download speeds and your complete zipped data bundles. Everything works well without any glitches. – Bill

– Bill


I would like to congratulate you on a first rate initiative to improve the availability of high quality recorded music and look forward to new labels joining you. Your clearly defined policy on minimal manipulation of recordings is very welcome as is your obvious commitment to the highest standards of recording practices. I appreciate the additional convenience of .DSF files with metadata.

– Genni


I am very much enjoying all the DSD music you provide here, please keep it coming! In the Testimonials section of your site I notice a reference towards the “naturalness” of the instruments on the recordings in addition to your consummate customer service. While I have not dealt with the latter as I have not encountered any problems with your service, I can attest to the former in that, as a lover of vinyl and high resolution digital audio, I have not experienced anything quite like the albums provided on your website—often it feels as if I am seated in the hall with the musicians when listening to this music. Beyond these concerns, I would like to add that one of the secondary reasons I enjoy listening to DSD is the total lack of fatigue experienced, both during and after listening—I never feel drained after listening to DSD music; quite to the contrary, I am quite invigorated after hearing music recorded at this level. As someone who truly appreciates acoustic music (especially orchestral and chamber music), I cannot think of a better way to enjoy it at home unless you have vinyl that has been pressed in the most controlled environment (unlikely), or master tapes readily available at your disposal. Thank you for all that you do.

– Colin


I want to express my appreciation for your excellent and fast-developing download service. It is the best. And congratulations on the PFO Reader Award. My sense too is that the SQ of these files exceeds that of the same content on SACD. The user experience on NativeDSD fully serves the 21st Century audiophile.

– Desmond


G’day, I love Native DSD. You have sensible download speeds which means I get albums today, not next week. You also have great music. What I’d really like to see is a broader range of music genres – particularly contemporary music and even some rock/pop!! I’d also be keen to see more double rate DSD. Above all please stick to your Native DSD format. So many sites offer DSD that’s been remastered from Redbook or something equally stupid. Please don’t go that route. I’d also like to praise your customer support. Any time I’ve had a problem I’ve received prompt, friendly and helpful service from Jonas. Congratulations!! Merry Christmas and thanks for the service.

– Mike


You mentioned to me that you were happy the sound quality is meeting my expectations… hmm… the sound quality far exceeds my expectations! You guys are doing major work, with offering these DSD recordings.

– Vlad


The recording sounds very good! The rear channels are very subtle, which is appropriate, and just provide room ambience. I hope to find more great music on your site. The increasing availability of high resolution music is a great benefit to those of us who love to listen to music with all of its detail and dynamics. – Bill

– Bill


I listened to the free Stereo “Just Listen” downloads on the Geek Out 1000 and my PM-1 Oppo Headphones. Very nice! And now that the iDSD Nano with DSD256 playback has arrived, time to grab the DSD256 free files….

– Bryan


I have recently purchased my first DSD download (Britten Sinfonietta on Harmonia Mundi) from Native DSD and I have to say that I encountered no problems whatsoever in the process. The music is a delight and the sound quality – well what can I say – is stunning! The music just sounds so vivid that you feel you are listening to a musical performance with real musicians. The true to life sound of the instruments and voice, the spacial characteristics and dynamic contrasts of the performance all add up to a deeply satisfying musical experience. For me, DSD must be the way forward and I am hoping beyond hope that the medium grows in strength. I wish you luck with the project and I look forward to being able to download many more files in the future.

– Tom


Praise for a message for newbies like us:

“In the meantime, I have a new favorite music store at”

– Pedroboe


The download was successful and the music is glorious. Thanks for the excellent customer service on a difficult weekend, and thanks especially for all the great music on your site. I wish you success in offering more DSD music.

– James


Love the site.  Elegant, informational, warm and inviting, sophisticated and super easy to navigate.  It’s very smart to give away a healthy sample of songs to really sit down and enjoy and compare.  This is the kind of thing that will get people engaged in DSD music. Thanks!!

– Eli (Georgia, USA)


I am very impressed with the sound quality of this album and may try others in the Channel of China DSD download section. You make excellent recordings.

– Teresa


I  managed recently to listen to a DSF file without converting it to PCM. The space is transformed, magnified…

– Arthur