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6% remove it94% keep it
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Global Rank #15,601
United States Rank #12,619
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1.2 22.74%
1.1.02 2.04%
1.1 75.22%

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DSD Playback Plug-in

What is DSD Playback Plug-in?

Direct-Stream Digital (DSD) is the trademark name used by Sony and Philips for their system of recreating audible signals, which uses pulse-density modulation encoding. DSD Disc is a format specification Sony developed for writing high-definition 1-bit/2.8-MHz DSD audio files to recordable DVD media (DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW), playable on PC's and hardware supporting DSD Disc playback. The audio quality of a DSD Disc is comparable to a 2-channel SACD audio disc, which also happens to be mastered using 1-bit/2.8-MHz DSD audio files. DSD Disc is by no means intended to replace SACD. Playback of DSD Discs is currently limited to Sony VAIO PC's/notebooks, non-VAIO PC's running Windows Media Player 10/11 (with DSD plug-in), PlayStation3 and the Sony SCD-XA5400ES and SCD-XE800, whereas the SACD audio discs have much greater hardware playback support. Note that all PS3 models can play DSD Discs, even those that don't support SACD.

The advantage of DSD Disc is that anyone can easily create a DSD Disc if they have a 1-bit recorder like the Korg MR-1 and a DVD burner on their PC. Authoring and burning of SACD audio discs is not possible by the average home user. The software to edit DSD files and author a SACD disc (i.e. SACD Creator) costs around $5,000. Then you still have to take the SACD master to a duplication house able to burn your SACD creation. SACD discs cannot be created using PC DVD burners.


The most common release is 1.1, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The setup package generally installs about 9 files and is usually about 9.32 MB (9,773,075 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: esupport.sony.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sony Shared\AVLib\DSD Playback
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files1\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\PROFES~1\RunTime\11\00\Intel32\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{0
Estimated size: 9.32 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by DSD Playback Plug-in

  • DSDProcessUnit.dll - SonicStage Mastering Studio (DSDProcessUnit DLL)
  • DSDRendererFilterRes.dll - Plug-in di riproduzione DSD (DSDRendererFilterRes DLL)
  • FLRFSelector.dll - FLRFSelectror DLL
  • FLWindowsVistaAPI.dll - FLWindowsVistaAPI
  • msvcp71.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® Visual Studio .NET (Microsoft® C++ Runtime Library)
  • msvcr71.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® C Runtime Library

How do I remove DSD Playback Plug-in?

You can uninstall DSD Playback Plug-in from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program DSD Playback Plug-in, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove DSD Playback Plug-in.

Win Vista (SP2) 61%
Win XP 0%
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 70.43%
Windows 7 25.51%
Windows 10 3.77%
Windows XP 0.29%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 54.82%
Windows 7 Home Premium 18.67%
Windows Vista Business 8.73%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.63%
Windows Vista Ultimate 5.12%
Windows 10 Home 2.11%

Distribution by countryGeography

55.92% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 55.92%
  United Kingdom 7.42%
  Japan 6.26%
  Germany 6.26%
  Canada 2.32%
  Italy 2.32%
  Austria 1.86%
  Belgium 1.62%
  France 1.62%
  Spain 1.62%
  Netherlands 1.62%
  Mexico 1.16%
  Iran 1.16%
  Australia 0.93%

About Sony

Sony is a leading manufacturer of electronics products for the consumer markets and is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group.
Publisher URL: www.sony.com


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