Originally Posted by PooperScooper
So, the driver will allow a connection with iLink devices but one would still need the additional 5C authentication software (I assume) to meet the DRM requirements.
Now that I think of it, one may be able to use the drivers in the other direction than we are talking about. One could use a computer for a front end and connect to a iLink capable DAC or receiver.
Correct, unless one has DTCP encryption keys, the computer will not be allowed to setup a connection to stream hi resolution SACD streams. As I recall the licensing for SACD requires encrypted content transfer regardless of type of content/flagging whereas DVD-Audio was less strict and only requires encryption if the content is flagged to require it.
Yes-you can use a computer to connect to a iLink capable receiver to stream audio so long as the application streams the proper A&M protocol and the computer represents itself as an appropriate subnit type on the firewire network.
Your easiest way of doing this would be to use a mac computer with their firewire sdk.
As I recall reading the archives, someone here wrote a windows driver/app which was able to successfully stream a subset of the allowed audio codec encapsulated into firewire packets to a ?pioneer? receiver. They have not been around for years though.
I dont have the Denon mentioned by the OP, but I do have a Yamaha DVD-S2500 and Pioneer DV-47Ai and can tell you that whoever wrote the Yamaha firewire implementation should be flogged/beaten/then shot & buried. What a POS. It does not behave properly when there are multiple devices on the network. It barely implements a disc subunit type, and if you send it any commands which it does not support, it locks up the firewire functionality requiring a power cycling. In contrast, the Sony MDS/CDP-LSA1 implements wonderful, feature rich disc subunits. I just received the Pioneer and need to re-arrange all my CE equipment after cleaning all the carpeting and re-wiriing everything. So, I have not had a chance to fire up the Pioneer yet to see what it can do/support.
I saw a brand new pioneer 74 iLink receiver a month or 2 ago and wanted to snag it but the bidding looked fishy and someone jacked the price over $600 in a matter of minutes, so I stepped back. I keep my eye out for a brand new iLink capable receiver to show up on fleabay again.