Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Skunkpipe, Apr 19, 2005.
I guess DVD-Audio works on a mediaPC, but what about SACD? Anyone able to play these
no, I'm afraid not. The proprietary format is unlikely to be licensed by its owners in a bid to stop piracy of high definition audio
Do you know if my assumption about DVD-Audio being supported true?
yes, you can play DVD-A on an HTPC but you need a specific soundcard (an audigy IIRC) and the software that comes with it.
IIRC, SACD can only be be sent over analogue channels, therefore you'd need a sound card with 6 outputs for the 5.1 surround.
My DVD/SACD player can send all channels digitaly down a firewire cable straight to my amp to be decoded. Can't go down a optical/coaxial cable as there is just too much information.
Shame my PC can't play SACD discs, could get rid of my DVD player then.
The ability to extract SACD in digital form is a pretty new ability, AFAIK until recently their paranoia prevented them even licensing it for protected connections like iLink.
They've said they'll never license SACD for PCs, even in a hardware-only form like DVD-A can be done.
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