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Question about SACD players

Hi all. I'm looking for a new cd player, in the area of $500-$800. I've been looking for one that plays SACD, no DVD's. I have the new Denon DVD-2930CI, and so far I'm very pleased with it. But I'd like a dedicated cd player for a few reasons, one of which is to reduce wear and tear.
I've searched the forums here, but haven't found anything yet. Any recommendations? I'll be using it with the new Yamaha RX-V2700 (Yamaha responded to my e-mail asking when it will be shipping: late October).
Also, if an SACD is played on a player without SACD decoding built in, and I use the digital coax output to a receiver like the Yamaha, will I get SACD decoding or does the player have to do it?
Thanks.
Jack

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Re: Question about SACD players

SACD/DSD digital signal is not available on any players I know of. Decoding is internal to the player, to give analog out. that is one of the standards in SACD to apease the music companies, no direct digital recordings. cus' then you would have some great perfect copies forever. An SACD player plays CD, probably has CD signal digital out, not DSD. and if you play a Hybrid SACD, on a CD player, what you get in digital is CD, of course it still soudns better than "regular" CD. DSD is good stuff.

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Re: Question about SACD players

Thanks for the reply, DUP.
Another question...on a DVD player, if I use the coax output, I'm bypassing the player's converter and using the converter in the receiver, correct? If so, do the analog outputs supply the necessary signal for Dolby etc. to the receiver?
Thanks again.
Jack

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yup

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Thanks again, DUP.

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SACD/DSD digital signal is not available on any players I know of. Decoding is internal to the player, to give analog out. that is one of the standards in SACD to apease the music companies, no direct digital recordings. cus' then you would have some great perfect copies forever. An SACD player plays CD, probably has CD signal digital out, not DSD. and if you play a Hybrid SACD, on a CD player, what you get in digital is CD, of course it still soudns better than "regular" CD. DSD is good stuff.

Whoa....hang on.

There are SACD players, even SACD transports, that will output a DSD digital signal. However, these are genrally quite expensive and their DSD digital output use some kind of proprietery output/input interface....which generally means the DSD signal is converted using a receiver or DSD DAC from the same brand. There are no stand-alone DSD DAC yet.

When you play a hybrid SACD in a CD player, using its digital output, what you will get is regular old 16 bit/44.1 CD signal. And to confuse you further, there are regular CDs out there that are DSD-mastered or remastered....such as those from Telarc or early recordings from Elvis on BMG.

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