As for sacd's,is there a good site anyone can recommend for purchasing?
Iv'e looked on amazon/fleabay(uk) but wondering if there's a dedicated place.
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I have about 5 of each I can't say any format is better than the other only thing I can say is you can back up SACD to I tunes but only at standard cd quality
I really enjoy listening to 5.1 music blu rays all seem to be live and not as good quality
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Fair enough, I deserved that.
But the lack of ability to back-up seriously put me off SACD. It's a shame that there is no multi-channel download option (as far as I am aware of).
I am not too sure why you would need to back-up an SACD if you hold the physical item in your hand.
(Or maybe I do )
It's not as if it is a downloaded file that may corrupt.
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I play everything from a NAS drive. I rarely use a CD player these days, and when I do it's more for nostalgia. I buy mainly downloads too from the likes of Boomkat (in FLAC format).
And I have everything backed up. So SACD is rather a pain. Yes the CD layer can be copied, but not any surround SACD layer, which kind of defeats the object.
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Frog what it boils down to is an Active speaker set up vs Passive!
From my point of view my amp is capable of handling MP3 formats up to DVD audio without prejudice, you can tell noticeable differences between itunes/WAV/DTS/DVD(A) but all formats are still enjoyable plus I want to digress back into vinyl. I am intrigued by what Active is shouting about in the digital arena which I am sure I will purchase idc but can they handle anologue formats as well?
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What that has do do with the original post.
If you have a hi end 5.1 system like myself then you hear the sound quality difference between sacd and dvd audio its so much of a difference sacd is just garbage, quality is just not there...Far as finding good dvd audio if you lazy and cheap of course you wont have a collection.
Hi Watsy, and welcome to the forum.
BTW. What system do you have?
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just shows how peoples tastes are different. I happen to think both are great compared to most CD's. My preference is with DSD (SACD), to my ears it gives a more natural and less clinical sound than hi-res PCM (DVD-A).
I now use J.River to convert all my PCM FLAC files to 5.6mhz DSD to playback via my DAC.
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Unless you have a PS3 with old firmware, then you can rip the DSD layer, extract the individual tracks to dsf or dff files using sacd_extract & play them back via J.River to a DSD capable DAC, or convert to 24 bit PCM using Korg Audiogate.
As this is BD player thread, you can also use players like the Oppo 105 to convert a playing SACD to 88.2khz PCM, output the digital signal via SPDIF to a suitable PC audio card and record. You end up with a 24bit 88.2khz FLAC or WAV file.
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