Magazine article Gramophone

Two Concerts to Be Live Streamed in Beyond-DSD Quality for the First Time

Magazine article Gramophone

Two Concerts to Be Live Streamed in Beyond-DSD Quality for the First Time

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There's a lot of interest in streaming music of late, with Qobuz and Tidal offering online music at CD quality, and Meridian's Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) system promising CD quality and beyond over relatively restricted internet bandwidth. Now a group of Japanese companies is getting together to push the limits of live music on the internet even further, with plans for two concerts to be broadcast free in beyond-SACD quality in April.

Backed by Korg and Sony, the DSD Live Streaming project will offer one concert from the Tokyo Spring Festival on April 5, and then the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle live from its home city less than a week later, on April 11. Both concerts will be available in DSD5.6 digital audio to anyone with a home computer, an internet connection and a suitable DSD-capable digital-to-analogue converter.

The two events are described as 'a proof-of-concept test for DSD online music distribution', and the Tokyo concert is a marathon nine-hour performance from the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall, including works by Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart. …

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