Question about DVD-A playback componenents.

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  1. Ted Lee

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    okay, my really stupid question of the day.
    are *all* dvd players capable of playing dvd-a?
    i don't think that my sony dvd player has the dvd-a logo, but i'm not sure. it's about two years old. it does have the onboard dd decoder and the 5.1 pre-outs.
    however, if this is the case, then i just realized i've had dvd-a capability this whole time and haven't checked out any hi-res music. [​IMG]
     
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    No, all DVD players are not capable of playing DVD-Audio, which is a separate high resolution audio format based on DVD-Video technology. Only those players that specifically state that they support DVD-Audio include the proper decoders to play the high resolution tracks.

    However, all DVD-Audio discs also include either a Dolby Digital or DTS audio soundtrack that can be played on standard DVD-Video players.
     
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    whew! thx scott. that makes more sense...
    now i have to decide which format i like...but that's a whole other thread. [​IMG]
     
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  5. Ted Lee

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    thanks lee -
    i'm actually already a silently subscribed lurker to that thread. although i openly admit to barely understanding the technical details, i do find it an interesting read.
    the sacd has a slight edge for me...only because of the backwards compatibility with regular cd players.
    i'll definitely be keeping an eye out though. i truly feel i'm missing out on some good hi-res stuff. i'm just not willing to make the leap until they settle this "format war" or those combi-players come way down in price. [​IMG]
     
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    Ted:

    Only SOME SACDs are backwards compatible - I BELIEVE the maker of the SACD has to consciously decide to make it backwards compatible.

    I know Tubular Bells is, but I can't think of any others off the top of my head. Lee (Scoggins) seems to be a SACD expert, so I'd appreciate him clarifying.
     
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    Ted,

    I don't know what you consider to be a reasonable price, but you could get the Pioneer Elite DV-45A universal player (DVD-Audio and SACD) for $500. It offers progressive-scan output as well. This player has been discussed here extensively, so a search prove beneficial.


    Brian,

    Sony is still releasing single-layer SACDs, meaning that these discs cannot be played on standard CD players. In addition, Universal Music Group has released some single-layer SACDs. All other labels have been releasing hybrid SACDs (discs with CD and SACD layers) exclusively. Universal has released some hybrid discs as well.
     
  9. David Harris

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    I just purchased the dv 45a it is an excellent player IMHO
    and i plays anything i throw at it, both sacd and dvda formats are good, however i like the titles released on dvda
    better, unless you love miles davis (sacd)... both formats are far better than standard cd's
     
  10. Ted Lee

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    thx keith - 500 is about the max i think i could afford. i plan on making a trip to a new hi-fi store, so mebbe i'll check it out.

     
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    Well I know im holding out waiting for the Yamaha s2300. I only hope the price is good.... hmmm i will have to start a thread on that methinks.
     

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