Pure Vinyl & Music from Channel D
Channel D's Rob Robinson was using the same combination of Joseph Audio Pulsar speakers, Hegel amplification, and a Lynx Hilo D/A processor that he used at earlier shows to show off the LP rips made with his Pure Vinyl program for the Mac, now in its v3.1 incarnation. In honor of the late Alvin Lee, Rob played me a rip from a Kevin Gray-mastered 10 Years After LP, made with an Artemis turntable/arm, Zu DL103 cartridge, and the latest version of the Channel D SETA L solid-state phono preamplifier. I have been getting increasingly impatient with the occasional ticks and pops with my LP rips, as eliminating them is too much like work. But there was no such noise on Rob's rips, a tribute to his LP player.
Though Pure Vinyl and Pure Music will play back DSD files, Rob was converting the files in real-time to 24/88.2k LPCM so he could control the system volume in software, there not being a preamp. I asked why he chose 24/88.2k rather than, say, 24/192k? He replied that it seemed a more optimal conversion.