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Thread: SACD: The Future of the CD?




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    I was reading an article a few days ago on CNN, can't find it now, that was talking about SACD and DVD-Audio being the future of music and a possible solution to stealing music since people will want to buy the discs for the better sound and extra content. I can play a DVD-A with my Audigy 2 but there is no way to currently play SACD. Someone on another forum said that SACD will never be playable on the computer due to copy protection concerns. How can this be the future of music if you can't play it on a computer? I don't want to sit in front of my TV to listen to music, I want to sit at my desk and listen while working. I am very happy with the sound quality of 5.1 DVD-A and hope to soon be able to play SACD. What are your thoughts?

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    Exactly what I was thinking. I was pretty pissed when I bought the Pink Floyd - DSotM 30th Anniversary Edition SACD Hybrid that I couldn't access the 5.1 mix even from my Sony DVD player that I bought one year ago! Sony invented the ****ing format and doesn't even support it in their hardware? What is with that FAS (Foul-ass-****)? I believe DVD-A is rippable, but honestly Stereo sounds great, especially if you have 2 rear speakers to mirror the fronts, or if you just have a good pair of cans. But think about it, what is the point of headphones in audio with 6 channels? Beats me. I say keep with Stereo CD's, but then again I have not heard this Floyd album on all it's glory on my M-audio Revolution 7.1, and Logitech Z-680's...

    BTW: I see you have a HTPC, what software do you use man? I love myHTPC :) Whoops the poop out of Media Center Edition!
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    Are you sick of poor quality 128k mp3's that sound inferior to regular CD's you buy in the store? Do you long for the exact sound of a CD with absolutly no quality loss, and at practically half the size of a normal CD? CD's get scratched all the time, and FLAC is great for archiving all those good copies of your classic rock, and backing them up to save forever. FLAC unlike mp3, or ogg vorbis is what is called a lossless format. This means that no quality whatsoever is lost from the origianl disk. Lossy formats such as ogg vorbis, wmv, and moreover mp3 are usually flat sounding, and full of hissing and dullness because they discard and literally throw out important information that controls how good the CD will sound. Using FLAC will ensure the crystal-clear clarity that you can expect from a freshly opened CD. Instead of flimsy CD cases that snap and CD's that scratch easily, and are inevitably summoned to a poor scratched up death; FLAC files can be stored in a tough metal box known as your Hard Disk. FLAC putting life back into digital audio. If you own legit copies of CD's and seek for them pre-FLAC'd for all your digital listening needs please shoot me a PM for more information.

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    I tried myHTPC and it is very nice. I use TheaterTek to watch DVDs and ffdshow for post processing resize/sharpen. DVDs look much better using ffdshow. I have a Home Theater Master MX-700 remote and use Girder on the HTPC so I can use my remote with TheaterTek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lava Lamp Freak
    I tried myHTPC and it is very nice. I use TheaterTek to watch DVDs and ffdshow for post processing resize/sharpen. DVDs look much better using ffdshow. I have a Home Theater Master MX-700 remote and use Girder on the HTPC so I can use my remote with TheaterTek.
    That's a sweet setup man! I use myHTPC with a myHTPC girdir plugin, so I can use the Media Center Edition remote (What I have :) in myHTPC without having to run Girdir externally. All that I really do with my personal HTPC is just listen to music, and then some more music. My favorite genre is Classic rock, and I love the FLAC lossless audio format, and then I like to convert those to Ogg 8 quality backups on my computer. Archiving CD's in FLAC rules :)
    Box:
    [Mobo] Asus A7N8X w/ Modified 1003 Uber BIOS w/ Custom Boot logo
    [CPU] Athlon XP 2200+ Thoroughbred
    [Memory] 512 Samsung PC3200 DDR400 w/ Copper Heatsink(s)
    [Video Card] Geforce 3 ti200 128 DDR Special Gold Edition

    Cooling
    [Case] All aluminum Skyhawk case w/ custom cut blowhole
    [HSF] Volcano 11 Xaser Edition
    [Northbridge] ThermalTake Crystal Orb
    [Southbridge] Aluminum Northbridge heatsink attatched

    Operating System:
    [OS] Windows XP Pro w/ SP1

    Are you sick of poor quality 128k mp3's that sound inferior to regular CD's you buy in the store? Do you long for the exact sound of a CD with absolutly no quality loss, and at practically half the size of a normal CD? CD's get scratched all the time, and FLAC is great for archiving all those good copies of your classic rock, and backing them up to save forever. FLAC unlike mp3, or ogg vorbis is what is called a lossless format. This means that no quality whatsoever is lost from the origianl disk. Lossy formats such as ogg vorbis, wmv, and moreover mp3 are usually flat sounding, and full of hissing and dullness because they discard and literally throw out important information that controls how good the CD will sound. Using FLAC will ensure the crystal-clear clarity that you can expect from a freshly opened CD. Instead of flimsy CD cases that snap and CD's that scratch easily, and are inevitably summoned to a poor scratched up death; FLAC files can be stored in a tough metal box known as your Hard Disk. FLAC putting life back into digital audio. If you own legit copies of CD's and seek for them pre-FLAC'd for all your digital listening needs please shoot me a PM for more information.

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