DVD-A possible on a HTPC?

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  1. Grant B

    Grant B Producer

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    My Sony changer does SACD but occasionally I see a DVD-A that I would like to play. Is this possible using a DVD drive with I guess some audio card / SW and 5.1 out?
     
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    WinDVD 6 Platinum can play DVD Audio. You'll have to search around for details on how it works as I don't use it much.
     
  3. Grant B

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    Thanks very Much!
    Since you don't use it much,you might not be able to answer this but would you say it's quality is near a DVD-A deck?
     
  4. Ken Chan

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    As I recall, a recent SoundBlaster will play DVD-A, but only through their analog 5.1 outputs (usually three two-channel pairs, to amps/speakers). If that's what your setup is already, then you're good to go. But if you use optical/coax for your 5.1, decoded by a preamp/receiver, it won't play through that.
     
  5. Scott L

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    It's possible to play on the HTPC but everything I've been reading on the subject says all that's possible is down-rezzed 16/48.
     
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    Scott
    I read in a review that you meed the right soundcard that supports DVDA which is only creative at the moment
     
  7. Scott L

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    Search in AVS's HTPC section for "DVDA". Hopefully you can turn up some new news but I found more of the same, even with the Audigy's :

    Again, DVD-A will most certainly work but to get the full resolution out of the format you need a standalone player at this point.
     

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