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What is HDCD and Spatializer?

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#1 of 6 OFFLINE   DuaneHangar



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Posted April 08 2003 - 03:44 PM

Ihave a Toshiba DVD player that I purchased 3 years ago . On the front of the player it has the various decoders, etc., listed such as Dolby Digital and DTS. It also has HDCD and Spatializer as well. What are these as I looked in the manual but could not see any info. Will this player properly decode SACD?

#2 of 6 OFFLINE   Thomas_Berg



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Posted April 08 2003 - 09:19 PM

it will not decode SACD. HDCD is a sort of 'in-between' format that provides slightly higher resolution than CDs, but is still below SACD/DVD-A in quality. HDCDs are fully backwards compatible with normal CD players...you probably own a couple but simply aren't aware. when they are played back in an HDCD player, you will hear higher sound quality than you would in a normal CD player. i do not know what 'Spatializer' is.

#3 of 6 OFFLINE   Rick_Brown


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Posted April 09 2003 - 12:20 AM

Please note that you will only hear HDCD if you listen via the analog-out cables from your player, rather than the digital outs (unless of course your receiver also has HDCD decoding). I believe the spatializer is a way of getting a surround-sound "feel" when using only stereo speakers. BTW, keep reading. All of this is covered in the user manual!

#4 of 6 OFFLINE   NickSo



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Posted April 09 2003 - 06:43 PM

HDCD is basically a slightly higher-resolution sound format than normal redbook CD audio.. Spatializer is a 2ch pseudo-surround technology by doing some phase stuff to make it sound like the sound is behind you

#5 of 6 OFFLINE   mattjbatemanpc



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Posted November 15 2011 - 09:10 AM

Well, it is basically an adapter that decodes the disc inside. HDCD is a format thst is decoded by the spatializer :rolleyes::jawdrop:

#6 of 6 OFFLINE   gene c

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Posted November 15 2011 - 11:32 AM

It took you 8 1/2 years to come up with that? :rolleyes: (just kidding :) )
"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Paradigm Studio 20 V1, CC-450, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.

"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
Also have  MB Quart Vera VS05 +.....too much to list. Help me.


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