Just for grins, here's my SACD collection. Mostly Jazz and Classical and mostly Telarc. I started into SACD after it had pretty much died, and while a lot of places were blowing them out. I got most of these incredibly cheap.
Ideally, no. Your software player is compatible with DSD, then feeds it to a DAC that can directly convert DSD to analog. Actually, DACs that are compatible with DSD are getting more popular in the higher end. They just rarely have an hdmi connection, to be able to play back SACDs on players from Sony and Oppo.For a software player which can play DSD files, do they just convert the DSD data into a PCM data stream ?
Ideally, no. Your software player is compatible with DSD, then feeds it to a DAC that can directly convert DSD to analog. Actually, DACs that are compatible with DSD are getting more popular in the higher end.
Now that file storage is relatively cheap for these formats it appears there are a few web sites where DSD files can be downloaded.
If you had purchased the less expensive (but way too similar) UBP-X800M2, then yes, you would need the Insignia converter, as the X800M2 has no analog outs. If you are wanting pure DSD, you will need a high-end receiver, and with SACD more or less a dead format, that feature has been pushed back up to the very high-end models.
I wouldn't use it. It is a cheap DAC for one, and the purpose of this unit is for connecting an HDMI device (such as a Blu-ray player or gaming system) to an older standard definition TV that does not have HDMI inputs. Video would be reduced to 480i.Now that piques my curiosity as I have the X800M2 and have noticed a significant difference playing surround SACD/DVD-A's through it compared to my Denon 2930 (when it decides to work). Would this insignia adapter compromise the video quality I get from movies? Would it improve surround playback? If I am not mistaken, the 800M2 has a digital audio out, which is how I am connecting the player to my pre-amp since my dinosaur pre-amp doesn't have HDMI.
You are using the analog outputs?Todd Erwin I purchased the X1100ES specifically because it had the analog outputs. But then as I read more I got confused about what exactly is going with file conversion or whatever. Exactly what would an amp that supports DSD do or not do as the case may be? I am going to take a guess that my current configuration is pushing a PCM signal converted from the DSD by the player rather than the pure DSD signal. Close?