Playing DSD files

I have a small but DSD-capable DAC (Topping E30ii), and many DSD files on my hard disk. I am trying Audirvana Origin (one month free trial). It is able to play my DSD files, and the sound is good. However, before I buy it, I would like to test Foobar2000, with DSD components / plugins, maybe the sound is equally good.  Yet I cannot get it to work. I’ve installed foo-component for dsd and sacd, but no sound, or even  error message: unrecognized format, trying to play my .dff files. Anyone knows a workaround? With Foobar, my DAC display shows PCM (up to 706), it does not show (correct) DSD, like it does with Audirvana.

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@o_holter Did you get DSD working in Foobar?  I've used it for many years and it hasn't failed me and it sounds wonderful.  I also have a DSD Direct capable DAC, the SMSL D-6, and I believe that mode offers the highest sound quality.  You might have to check the output device.  Mine has to be on DSD+ASIO: USB DAC ASIO.

@drewdawg999 - thanks, I actually did, right now! I did not find any output named "DSD+ASIO" etc, but tried some other Asio drivers at random. This one worked: "ASIO+DSD: DSD Transcoder". At least, I assume it works - the Topping Dac shows "5,6 mhz DSD" and the volume is fixed (not variable). It sounds like MP3...just joking! It does sound like DSD, and like the file sounds in Audirvana.

Oh well, only halfway there - Foobar plays my .dsf files ok, but not my .dff files.

Oops sorry for the typo, yes it's "ASIO+DSD: " etc.  I don't have DSD Transcoder but you can try configuring it to play the files you want. It should support .dff files, I can play them just fine. Or you could try the Topping ASIO driver which should have a different name.