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post #1 of 6
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This far I've only ever used my iMac to DAC to Amp to headphones. However, I'm interested in trying out SACDs. Most SACD players I see have multiple channels out (for each speaker) for a stereo receiver and speakers. How do I go from SACD player to DAC to Amp to headphones? Or, with an OPPO or Marantz, do I need a dedicated DAC?
post #2 of 6

Depends on the player, but most use digital outs so you could use a DAC to do the DA process.  The Oppo DBP-105 for example has an analog stage seen as the RCA / balanced outs.  This means it has a DAC inside of it.

 

What player are you looking at?


Edited by NA Blur - 2/22/13 at 3:58pm
post #3 of 6

The Oppo is a universal player, so you won't need a separate DAC for SACDs. Just connect it directly to the amp.

post #4 of 6

All SACDs have a 2-channel track as well.  Also, due to copyright laws, many SACD players only output 2-channel signals through the digital out (optical or coaxial).  The multi-channel tracks are usually output over analog or HDMI.

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Originally Posted by hodgjy View Post

All SACDs have a 2-channel track as well.  Also, due to copyright laws, many SACD players only output 2-channel signals through the digital out (optical or coaxial).  The multi-channel tracks are usually output over analog or HDMI.
I found this out when trying to replicate the old 'system in a box' SACD/DVD-A that I had that broke. I had a different HTIAB that didn't have multiple analog channels in and didn't know I couldn't just get a DVD-A/SACD player and digitally hook it to my receiver.

That experience is actually why I posted this. I didn't want any surprises.

Can you point me to a player that does multichannel surround SACD via HDMI? HDMI wasn't prominent when I tried this last time. This was long before I got into really good sound with headphones and I was only interested in DVD-A and SACD for the surround sound music aspect.
Edited by disastermouse - 2/22/13 at 5:50pm
post #6 of 6

Any of the Oppo players will, and so will the Pioneer DV-610.  

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