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SACD vs DVD Audio?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by bunbenho, Feb 5, 2002.

  1. bunbenho

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    i recently search the net and want to buy a amplifier for my home cinema experiences, and come across with somthing SACD and DVD audio!

    Apparently, two formats are not compatible, what is going on here? Is that mean SACD is better or worse than DVD audio?


    i find a web like for the above discussion:

    http://www.techtronics.com/uk/shop/600-dvd-audio-vs-sacd.html
     
  2. bob007

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    I think the link you put in explains whats going on here............!
     
  3. bunbenho

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    ok...i still don't understand, is that, if i buy a SACD Amplifiers that will be compatible to all modern DVD players, and it create better sound quality?

    And, is SACD Amplifier will be suitable for Home Cinema experiences?

    Advise please!:rolleyes:
     
  4. infomatique

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    Pioneer have launched a player A747 which will play both formats.
    Basically SACD (promoted by Philips and Sony) provides an upgrade path for those who are interested in CD as a music source and according to many reports there is a very big improvement in quality. Sony has made available a number of very expensive audio only players and a number of rather inexpensive combined (DVD and SACD) units. Philips introduced the SACD1000 last year. This is a SACD/DVD unit and it is supposed to be excellent and is selling at £899 (exc VAT) or less at Techtronics but is much more expensive elsewhere. One problem is that it does not have bass management ... I am currently considering this.

    With regards to SACD it is interesting to note that the patents associated with CD expire later this year or sometime next year (could be important considering the current copy projection debate) and now we have something even better than what was until recently marketed as the perfect solution.

    I know very little about DVD Audio which appears to be an enhanced version of DVD ... maybe others can give a better explanation.

    The problem with SACD is that you may require a better amplifier and full range speakers front and back. There is no digital connector and I have a feeling that you may need more expensive interconnects (6 RCA to 6 RCA).
     
  5. paiger

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    SACD (Super Audio CD) and DVD-A are new audio formats that relate to DVD players, not amplifiers. Basically a conventional CD or DVD player will play music CD's in 2 channel (stereo) mode.

    SACD and DVD-A players will play SACD and DVD-A discs through your amp. The difference is that both formats are 6 channel, digitally encoded, just like DVD movies. If you have one of these DVD players your amp will have to have 5.1 channel inputs. Most modern AV amps will have this. Just look for one that has Dolby Digital or DTS sound and you will have multi-channel inputs.

    You simply hook all 6 outputs on your DVD player to the inputs on the amp and you have fantastic, digital, multi channel audio.

    SACD is supposed to be the superior format but I would go for a DVD player that supported both formats as it's not always the best that wins and you may end up with obselete kit.

    To sum up, SACD and DVD-A apply to the DVD player, meaning it can play these discs and output multi channel audio.

    You will need an amp capable of recieving multi channel input (5.1, DTS or Dolby Digital). Why not go to a specialist hifi shop and have a chat, they will explain all. Stay away from the high street stores as most of the kids working in Dixons think DTS is a type of toothpaste.

    Hope this helps.

    Steve
     
  6. bob007

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    If you are meaning digital outputs when you say digital connector i think you will find that all the sony models listed have optical/coaxial.
     
  7. bunbenho

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    thanks a lot "infomatique" !

    Can anyone suggest any good mid-range Amplifiers from Sony, (Under £500 and mainly use for watching movie)?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  8. mjn

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    SACD and DVD-Audio maybe good, but where's the software...??

    and i thought SACD was still 2-channel, with multi capablities....
     
  9. infomatique

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    True but for CD only for SACD you cannot use the digital connectors for copy protection reasons. Also the musical purists would be horrified by the use of digital connectors.
     
  10. infomatique

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    There are multi-channel SACD discs available but not many.
     
  11. bob007

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    Sony STRDB1070SIL Z

    Dolby Digital A/V Receiver
    Top-end QS range 6.1 channel amplifier 6 x 100W output, SACD multi-channel input, Digital Cinema Sound, RDS tuner
    On-screen display, 3x optical/1x coaxial inputs, learning remote control .........£456.99

    review
     
  12. paiger

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    Yep, the Sony 1070 is highly recommended or if it's a bit much you could go for the older STBR930/940. They still do 5.1 and are fantastic amps for the money. I have a 940 and have heard very little under £1000 to rival it. My opinion of course. If you have a bit more to spend look at the Denon range.
     

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