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DVD-A and SACD outputs from players

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by floatingkiwi, May 10, 2004.

  1. floatingkiwi

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    Hi all
    Just wondering how a player like the Arcam DV-89 (that plays DVD-A) outputs the signal? (refering to the abscence of an onboard decoder)
    Now, as far as I know the whole idea of copy protection means that the digital output isn't going to work with a DVD-A right? Or does it down-sample?
    Can anyone clarify how a player with no onboard decoder outputs signals from DVD-A's and SACD's?
    Thanks a million.
     
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    AFAIK, it just outputs through the 5.1 analogue sockets, same as stereo if you don't use the digital connection.
    I presume there is some sort of bass management in the player, as you probably won't be able to use any digital management in the amp.
    There are quite a few players about now that output DVDA and SACD digitally (mainly the top end Denon and Pioneer Universal players), but I don't think Arcam have such a player.
     
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    It does have an onboard decoder & ouputs DVD-A thru the six analogue outs. Also has onboard bass management.
     
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    As stated by vonhosen, the Arcam DVD players do have an onboard DVD-A decoder, but none of them can play SACD's.
    DVD-A & SACD can not be transfered via the standard digital coax or optical cables, but some of the Pioneer players & receivers have iLink that can transfer the formats. The new version of Denon Link does also work with these formats.
    DVD-A disks also contain either a Dolby Digital or DTS multichannel mix that can be played on any DVD player and can be connected by the standard optical or coax cables.

    Mark.
     
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    Thank you folks. I suspected as much, (and am actually kicking myself for not checking the DV-89 on the arcam site again!)
    One would then propose that for a DVD-A or sacd player to output properly it "MUST" have an onboard decoder?? (or otherwise be downsampled and mixed via the conventional stero outputs)
     

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