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SACD question

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by jonezy, Nov 15, 2002.

  1. jonezy

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    I am currently looking at the Sony STR-DB1080 and I'm a bit confused about the SACD side of things. The spec talks about SACD and it's ability to handle it but what does this mean exactly?
    Can it decode SACD and then amplify as it does with DVD-video audio via the co-axial or is the only way to have a dedicated SACD player.

    Thanks.
     
  2. michaelab

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    You'll definitely need an SACD player, either one of the 'universal' players that does everything (CD, SACD, DVD, DVD-A) or a dedicated SACD/CD player.

    I'm surprised that an amp. should mention anything about SACD since there aren't any that can decode SACD because as yet no secure (ie copy-protected) standard has emerged for sending SACD digitally from a player (the same applies to DVD-A). All SACD and DVD-A players therefore have multichannel analog outputs which have to be plugged into multichannel analog inputs on an amp.

    Sony are referring to the fact that it has multichannel analog inputs, without which you couldn't use an SACD player in multichannel mode, but they can be used for other things too so it's quite a stretch to use that feature to slap an SACD label on the machine.

    IMO it'll just confuse a lot of people.

    Michael.
     
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    Possibly, or maybe it will help people. Most people aren't going to understand 5.1 inputs. If the player says 'SACD' and the amp says 'SACD' then anyone will know it will work.

    By the way, the 1080 has two sets of 5.1 inputs. They can be assigned to various input channels.

    S
     
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    Well, I would think that a number of people might think it meant that the amp could decode SACD, as it does DD and DTS. I guess the kind of people who even know what SACD is won't make that mistake.

    I think Sony additionally justify the SACD label by the fact that the 5.1 inputs have a very high (100kHz) frequency response to take advantage of the extra frequency response of SACD. Of course you'd also need speakers with a high freq. response aswell to take advantage of that :)

    Michael.
     
  5. Ian J

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    No doubt Sony completely forgot to mention that you could use those same inputs for DVDA as well.
     
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    This is what they mean by the "SACD Compatible" (rather than just the addition of the extra multi channel input!). I seem to remember a page in the old brochure that talked about this and what exactly it meant... Don't know if it's in the new brochure mind... :confused:

    Kelvin :D
     
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    I'd best be reaching for some cotton buds if I'm to hear up to 100KHz :D

    (ducks) :D

    best regards,

    Paul.
     

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