by Glen (aka Barney Rubble)
PROS: Real, lush, smooth, with none of the glare/compression of PCM with sample rates up to 24/192. Also, the tape transport issue of the 33-RPM edition from Analogue Productions is completely absent here, and one no longer has to be annoyed at the slightly off-centre pressing of the Analogue Productions 45-RPM edition.
CONS: Mastered so quietly that one has to strain to hear the opening notes to "Where Do the Children Play?" at a volume setting where other DSD files are slightly louder than comfortable.
CAVEAT: Have not yet listened to the equivalent Single Rate DSD download (also from the same mastering studio, by the same mastering engineer), so have yet to be able to say if there is an advantage to Double Rate DSD (namely, raising the file's noise an octave per doubling of sample rate, if not an increase in audio resolution as well) over the Single Rate DSD version.
OVERALL: Sounds GREAT, but did it really have to be mastered at such a low volume?