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Old 2nd September 2002, 03:55 AM   #1
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Default Are DVD audio D/A's 16 or 24 bit?

I read somewhere that DVD players have 24 bit D/A converters but that sounds like too much of a generalisation to me. Do some of them have 16 bit and others 24 bit or what?

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Old 4th September 2002, 02:04 PM   #2
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ALL DVD players have 24 bit DACs, *but most sound not very good, because the chips for video processing make a lot of digital noise...}, play CD is 16 bit data, only the DVD/AUDIO disks have 24bit . 96kHz data, LPCM/track*sounding better than CD, but expensive...

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And what about using DVD as a CD transport with external DAC? Is it a good idea? Anyone with experience?

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Old 6th September 2002, 12:55 AM   #4
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Hi,
different results: some DVDs are very good, some average, like any CD you can buy; depends also on the data your sending: audio CD or DVDaudio or DTS or what?
(i build at the moment a non-oversampling DAC, sounds very nice, different to most normal DACs, just as an extra in an old CDplayer for testing...)
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And what about using DVD as a CD transport with external DAC? Is it a good idea? Anyone with experience?

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Yes, I have. I don't think the DAC is the bottleneck on DVD-players, it's the drive, or, more exact, the drive electronics. All those different clock frequencies, lots of pll circuits, tons of noise - not much fun.
In my experience a dedicated CD drive sounds much better then a DVD model, assuming the same price category. Of course, there are extremely good sounding DVDs, but not at reasonable cost.
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