Originally Posted by neils
Perhaps this has been discussed at length already, but I wanted to know if the SACD format has been finally packaged into some form of audio container, to be stored on HDD, with no changes to sound quality ?
Reason I ask is because I don't use BD players anymore, I have all of my movie files on HDD, many of them BD rips. When I did have a BD player, I totally enjoyed the SACD experience. So now I would like to know if there are sites somewhere to download SACD music files ??
Or perhaps packaging the SACD format has still not been figured out yet. Since I don't own a BD player anymore, ripping the few SACD into an ISO is not an option.
"SACD" is a disc format that includes as part of the spec the stipulation that the content has to be DSD, which is the audio encoding format.
You can purchase file-based DSD content on-line in at least 3 different forms:
1) DSF files
2) DFF files (more rare)
3) SACD ISO images, which some players can play directly
Several record labels will sell you DSD-formatted content for download directly from their web sites. Pentatone is a great example.
There are also several on-line music outlets that sell downloadable DSD content. AcousticSounds and HDTracks spring immediately to mind. There are others as well.
...and for the record - your BD player, or even BD drive installed inside a computer, would never have been able to rip SACDs. There is pretty much only one working solution out there for SACD-ripping, and it involves a PS3 running OLD firmware that has then been patched/hacked. I happen to have that solution working - but it was relatively expensive and the ripping, extraction, and tagging process is more complicated than for other media.