How To Best Play 24/96 CDs

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  1. Roberto Carlo

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    I just got some ECM CDs re-mastered in 24/96 sound. What's the best way to play them? My receiver has 24/96 DACs. Should I just feed it a digital signal from my CD player? Or do I have to use my DVD player whose set-up menu specifically mentions a 24/96 signal? If that's the case, do I have to use the analog outputs or can I use the coax digital? Thanks.
     
  2. Robert A. Willis Jr.

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    First check to see that the actual format on your CD is 24/96. A lot of CD's are re-mastered in 24/96 or DSD and then put burned on disk in 16/44 format.

    If they are really 24/96 on the disk, please supply us with the titles.

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    If they're CDs, then they're 16-bit 44.1kHz. Only DVDs contain 24-bit 96kHz material. If they're CDs, then play them as you would any other conventional CD. If they're DVDs sets your DVD player's digital output to 24-bit 96kHz and use your amplifier to process them via a standard digital input (optical or RCA). Alternatively, you could use the DVD player's stereo analogue outputs.

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  4. Roberto Carlo

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    Thanks for the replies. The CD in question, Bill Frisell's "Selected Recordings," part of ECM's :rarum series, says that it has been "Remastered to 24-bit/96 khz format." Whatever that means.
     
  5. John Kotches

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    Roberto,

    I'm not familiar with that particular recording, but it sounds like they took analog masters, and sampled that @ 24bit/96K, then did a down convert to deliver them as a CD.

    That's just a guess though.

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    Also, when/if you get a 24/96 DVD you'll need to check and make sure that your DVD player will send the digital signal out at full resolution.

    The Toshiba SD-9200, for instance, down converts the digital out and so the only way to hear the higher resolution is through the internal D/As. Sometimes you must use the DVD player's analog 2-channel output.
     
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    Mastering or remastering at 24/96 and then downsampling to 16/44.1 is very common practice these days. Many reissues make mention of remastering being done at 24/96. Warner's remastered CDs of the The Doors are an example. In addition, many Chesky CDs have a 24/96 logo on the packaging. I can see how this could be misleading, but as long as it's a CD, it's 16/44.1.
     

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