I might not be an audiophile but I could tell the difference between raw SACD and CD quality. I bought one of my favorite albums to rip on my newly christened SACD ripper and I was blown away at how great this album sounded. It was almost like listening to it for the first time. My point is, I know how the album sounded on CD since I played the hell out of it for years and I prefer the SACD version. I think it could come down to how well the original source material was kept and what format it was saved on so this can differ by release. The album I purchased was Rage Against The Machine's self-titled album. I have read multiple comments from self-proclaimed audiophile/enthusiasts on the internet regarding blind tests of SACD, DSF and FLAC conversions. Every single comment or forum post that I found would say they can somehow tell the difference between all of these formats. Is it true? I don't know yet. This is why i'm trying out different encoders and different playback options. Just want to share my findings with you to compare and contrast. It's all good that I can't mount the SACD ISO on my PS3. I've been converting the songs to DSF and adding them to my media server. I can't wait to get a good DAC and setup for this!