How would I convert a SACD (John Hiatt) to an ipod file?

Discussion in 'Pro Audio' started by jmuirman1, Jul 7, 2005.

  1. jmuirman1

    jmuirman1 Guest

    How would I convert a SACD (John Hiatt) to an ipod file or burn to a


    jmuirman1, Jul 7, 2005
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  2. Or the CD layer -- if it has one.

    Kalman Rubinson, Jul 8, 2005
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  3. You can get stereo (not MCH) digital from many (most) DVD-As although
    usually at no more than 46kHz.

    Kalman Rubinson, Jul 8, 2005
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    Scott Dorsey Guest

    How about in realtime via an analogue interface?

    There is DSD->PCM conversion stuff out there... Meitner makes an
    excellent box. It is very expensive. Since it's going to wind up
    as a horribly compressed ipod file anyway, the conversion loss is
    the least of your worries.
    Scott Dorsey, Jul 8, 2005
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    Arny Krueger Guest

    However, the legacy bitrate PCM file (whatever you want to
    call it!) may not have the same production values as the DSD

    The better choice is to use the downsampled DSD available at
    the digital output (48/16 tain't that bad) or simply
    redigitize the analog output with a good quality converter.

    iPod's uncompressed (.waf/.aiff) format will exploit just
    about any real world recording, while the functional dynamic
    range of most of all of the lossy compressed formats are
    deficient or marginal.
    Arny Krueger, Jul 8, 2005
  6. Hmmm. And what players will give this? Aside from the EMMLabs or
    specially modified players, I know of none that will give a digital
    output from either the stereo or MCH tracks.

    Kalman Rubinson, Jul 8, 2005
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    jmuirman1 Guest

    Thanks - this SACD doesn't have the extra CD tracks - just pure SACD.

    jmuirman1, Jul 8, 2005
  8. jmuirman1

    jmuirman1 Guest

    Thanks Scott. Will SACDs play on regular cd players? If so maybe I can
    lightpipe the thing into the HHB850, once I get it back from the repair
    shop (electrolytic crap spilled out from a capacitor compromising the
    board somewhat).

    jmuirman1, Jul 8, 2005
  9. Only hybrid SACDs (those with an additional Redbook layer) will play
    on a regular CD player. The vast majority of SACDs are hybrids but
    not all.

    Kalman Rubinson, Jul 8, 2005
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    Scott Dorsey Guest

    No, not unless they are dual-layer "combo" discs.
    DSD data is not PCM. It's apples and oranges. You cannot take DSD data
    out of an SACD player and put it into a PCM recorder or D/A.
    Scott Dorsey, Jul 8, 2005
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    Harry Lavo Guest

    If you are talking the John Hiatt SACD, it most certainly does. I'm
    listening to the CD layer at the moment.
    Harry Lavo, Jul 9, 2005
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