Can I play DVD-A or SACDs on a norman DVD Player?

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  1. ScottMa

    ScottMa Auditioning

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    I am interested in buying Holst: The Planets and some Grateful Dead in DVD-A format as well as some SACDs. My question is, will either of these formats work on my standard DVD player or will I have to purchase new equipment?

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  2. Greg Br

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    You can play the DVD Audio disks on a dvd video player but you are out of luck unless you have a SACD player.
     
  3. John Kotches

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    To clarify Greg's reply.

    DVD-Audio on a DVD-Video player:
    You will get one (or more) of the following:
    DD, DTS or Stereo PCM soundtrack.

    Either a DD or PCM soundtrack are mandatory.


    Non-hybrid SACD on a DVD-Video player:
    Unrecognized disc.

    Hybrid SACD on a DVD-Video player:
    Plays back the CD layer. Cannot access the SACD layer.

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    And to clarify John's response even further re DVD-Audio on a DVD-Video player:

    You will not be able to play DVD-Audio's higher resolution track, just "ordinary" DVD soundtracks that are on DVD-Audio discs as well.

    -Christian
     
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    Just to clarify Christian's reply:

    If the disc is authored to accomodate it, you will heart the 96/24 high resolution stereo PCM track from a DVD-A on a normal DVD-V player. Queen's "A Night At The Opera" is a perfect example.

    Confused yet?

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    And to make it simple again, if you want to hear the best the disk can offer you need a dvd-a or a sacd player, or else you will hear audio quality similar to the soundtrack of your typical dvd video movie.
     
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    [​IMG] I wonder what the Saxons think about your Norman DVD player?
     
  9. ScottMa

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    D'oh, Norman [​IMG] I meant normal. Thanks for all the replies. So, i will still get digital sound on dvd-v player, but for best quality it is advisable to get a dvd-a or sacd player. Are there any hybrid dvd-a/sacd players out there, or is it going to be another format war?
     
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    To make it even simpler, buy a Pioneer Elite DV-47A. [​IMG]
     
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    Okay. Lots of questions here from a DVD-A newbie
    I have a Denon 1802 and a Sony DVD-V NS400 player.
    I want to get the Queen DVD-A.
    I'm pretty sure the Denon is not DTS 96/24 compatible. Is it? I think it's regular DTS.
    (Is DTS 96/24 backwards compatible?)
    I know I won't get the DVD-A advantages, but will the DTS be in 5.1 IF it works?

    As it stands right now, my speakers wouldn't be good enough for the added resolution of DVD-A, so I guess I don't mind missing out...

    Thanks for the help
     
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    Gui,

    Yes, the DTS track is backwards compatible.

    You should also be able to playback the stereo PCM track as well.

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    Gui,

    The DTS track will sound fantastic. That is if my collection of DTS CDs and the brief time I spent auditioning DTS DVD-A compatability tracks is any reference. [​IMG] And it is.

    And the 96/24 stereo PCM track will be exactly the same as on a DVD-A player if your system can utilize it meaning you have either:
    1. good 96/24 DACs in the DVD player and an analog bypass on the receiver (watch out for bass management)
    2. A DVD player that can send the full bitrate 96/24 PCM through the digital output and a receiver that can decode it.[/list=1]

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    Thanks guys, I'll look into what my equipment can actually do. The Denon does have analog inputs, and I'm pretty sure the Sony outputs in 96/24 PCM. Time for some more cables.

    Now to find affordable DVDA in Toronto.


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