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HTPC / HCPC DVD Audio from Sound Audigy 2

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alanesmith

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i am using a Audigy 2 sound sound card in my HCPC, its great, but would love DVD Audio from the SPDIF output, as well as Dolby digital and DTS as i understand the RIAA now allow it !

Any one got it working yet?

alan
 

buns

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I didnt know dvd-A could be done via SPDIF. In any case, you'd be best asking in the pc forum

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alexs2

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Originally posted by buns
I didnt know dvd-A could be done via SPDIF. In any case, you'd be best asking in the pc forum

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To the best of my knowledge also,it can't(although I'd be very pelased to be found wrong!).
Currently,all that you may get out of the SP/DIF from a DVD-A will be a CD quality output,not raw 24/96 data,which remains encrypted.

The Audigy 2 card will decode DVD-A,but outputs it in analogue form,to avoid the issues of digital rights management,and encrypted digital audio.
There are also issues with the sound quality of the Audigy perhaps not being as good as the medium being decoded is capable of,although the same has to be said of many current DVD-A software releases.

Even if it did output DVD-A in digital form,you will still be left with the problem of unencrypting and decoding it.
 

buns

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I think if you look at our respective systems, the barking thing is probably a foregone conclusion!

Can any of the new or higher end meridians handle dvd-A? I cant remember what it is makes me think that, maybe its because of their involvement in the format and im adding one and one and getting three.....

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alexs2

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Yes...the higher end Meridians do,in particular the new G-series seem well optimised for it......I know this is a little off topic,but I for one think I'll wait a bit before investing in either DVD-A or SACD,and see how the format "war" pans out before buying.
 

buns

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I know what you mean, I had dvd-A on my panasonic player (I didnt get the player for that reason, it just happened to be there). It was certainly different but not enough to make me go running for it! I think the multichannel format requires alot more audio ability than it normally is given. Alot of dvdA users have middle end systems and I dont think that is up to the necessary demands. Anyhow, i continue off topic, so I will cease!

all the best

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