Listening to SACD and DVD-A

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  1. wishy

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    Could someone please explain what connections are needed to listen to these different formats.

    DVD-Audio; is it possible via digital toslink to amp?

    SACD; my understanding is that this is not possible via any digital interconnect, toslink or coaxial, but requires analogue connections. If this is so then why?

    Thanks to all you experts out there :hiya:

    Edit; Can anyone recommend any good web sites to purchase these formats?
     
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    You need the six analogue cables (in almost all instances) to enjoy both SACD and DVD-A. If you use toslink for DVD-A, you will get a low-res surround programme in Dolby Digital and sometimes DTS.

    Amazon has some discs. I'd also look at musicdirect.com. SA-CD.net has listings of practically every SACD ever made and each disc's descriptor page has links to where you can buy them.
     
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    Cheers ovation, could you recommend decent interconnects for listening to this stuff?
     
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    Although your DVD player supports DVD-Audio and SACD through the HDMI digital connection, your amp doesn't (as it doesn't have an equivalent HDMI connection).

    So, in fact you must use six analogue cables.

    Generally, i think that DVD-A and SACD can be transported through the following digital connections:
    - Firewire, aka iLink
    - Denon Link
    - HDMI

    HTH
     
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    Thanks Benfica, your right no equiv digital connection on amp. I use the toslink to listen to CD and digital coax to TV.

    Which six analogue connections exactly. DVD has 5.1 chanel outputs(6 in total) but to where do they go on amp.

    Tried to attach rear views of av gear hope it works! :rolleyes:
     

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    Guess it works, :thumbsup:

    Shame av equipment isn't as easy to learn about! ;)
     
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    5.1 analogue outputs (bottom left in pic) of the player to 'Ext In' (also bottom left of pic) on the amp.
    I would recommend the Mark Grant cables in the Cable Power Buy section for some great quality cables at good prices.

    Mark.
     
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    Cheers MarkE19,

    Thats a great help, ta much mate.Take it they will carry both formats? Now off to find these cables your on about.
     
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    Yes, the analogue cables will cary both SACD & DVD-A decoded signals to the receiver - as long as the DVD player decodes both that is!

    If you can't find them then a direct to the Mark Grant cables is Here

    Mark.
     
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    Found it from your first post MarkE19. Marvelous stuff, replied and sending chq in morning.
    Denon 2910 decodes both so off out 2mora to recon some musak!!!

    Thanks again
     
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    The Elton John SACDs are very well done--excellent examples of "in the band" surround mixes done right. For classical, you can't go wrong with the RCA Living Stereo SACDs--legendary recordings with excellent sonics. Also check out Naxos DVD-As and SACDs. Some classic rock DVD-As worth having are: Fleetwood Mac Rumours, Yes Fragile, Eagles Hotel California while more recent efforts include the REM releases. Also consider Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon SACD, Peter Gabriel's re-issues, but in particular Up in SACD and possibly the best recorded music I've ever heard (though it may not be your cup of tea), Alison Krauss and Union Station--Live. A bluegrass band that is uniformly excellent in its musicianship and a performance that is stunningly well recorded. Despite some of the doom and gloom surrounding hi-res, there are a lot of options out there. Classical and jazz (several seminal Coltrane and Davis albums among them) are the best represented genres (as they have always been among audiophile recordings).

    Good hunting and enjoy the music.
     
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    Brill info Ovation. Never got round to sourcing so this is a great help.

    "naxos" is it a record label or website, cheers.

    ^w^
     
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    I second that remark about UP, but the others, hmmm. Personally, I'm yet to be convinced by stereo only SACD.
     
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    Wishy, Naxos is a label but you can buy direct from their website.

    vizslaraner, if something I want is available in hi-res, I always choose that over standard res. If it's stereo, I've so far limited myself to buying something I don't already have, but I've purchased a number of titles I already have to get the MCH mixes. Have yet to be disappointed. Moreover, my purchases in jazz and classical are relatively recent, so little duplication is likely for me.
     
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    Yer pays yer money, yer takes yer pick, I suppose.

    In regard to Peter Gabriel though, I just happened to buy the re-masters before I realised (or it was announced) that he was bringing out SACD versions. Since I do like PG I dutifully went and bought these as well, but frankly was somewhat under whelmed at the "1" to "US" stereo only SACD's when compared to the re-masters via a pretty reasonable CD player. "UP", on the other hand, is an entirely different kettle of fish.
     
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    If I had the remasters, I probably wouldn't have purchased the stereo only SACDs for the Gabriel stuff, as I have a decent CD player. But I figured, what the hell, I don't have them. So far the only things I've re-purchased in hi-res format are MCH.
     

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