DSD Support

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DSD file playback on the Linn DS/DSM

From Davaar60 Linn DS/DSM players with Katalyst DAC's will be able to play DSD audio files. This is performed by passing the native DSD stream directly to the Katalyst DAC's and letting the DAC do the processing and volume control.
Some important points on DSD playback on the Linn DS/DSM:

  • If your Linn DS/DSM does not have Katalyst DACs, it will never be able to play DSD audio files directly.
    • The exception to this rule is the Linn Selekt DSM. DSD playback is possible on both the Level 1 & Level 2 DAC versions of the Selekt DSM.

  • The DSD audio is ONLY available on the Linn DS/DSM analogue outputs.
The DSD audio stream is NOT present on:
  • Exakt-link to Exakt speakers or Exaktbox. That is, DSD files will NOT play on Exakt speakers or Exaktboxes.
  • digital outputs. (TOSLINK, SPDIF)
  • Songcast to other Linn DS/DSM players

  • Supports DSD64 (2.8224MHz) and DSD128 (5.6448MHz) sample rates. DSD256 is NOT supported.
These in the following formats:
  • DSF - Sony format that supports ID3 tags
  • DFF - old Philips mastering format (aka DSDIFF)

  • No digital signal processing is possible. This will:
    • No balance control is possible to DSD audio file playback.
    • No Space Optimisation is applied to DSD audio file playback
    • Maximum volume is restricted to 80 (unity gain) on DSD audio file playback. However if you have raised to volume to a higher level e.g. 90, this higher volume is applied to any tracks that are NOT DSD audio files.


Linn Kazoo Server supports the index and serving of DSD files. Non-indexed DFF files that have no metadata can be browsed by file name using the Kazoo Server Removable drives option.
Asset UPnP server and Minimserver support DSD index and serving to the Linn DS/DSM.