Originally Posted by poolratt
Hey Guys, I just read through this entire thread and copied and pasted an extensive list of music I want to buy as most of my collection is standard audio. My questions are...Even though I searched and found the difference between SACD & DVD-A which is the best in quality based on everybody's experience in this forum? And what is a SACD Hybrid and a Digipak? and is it any good, and finally can I play them on my PS3? Thanks for all the useful music ideas you guys have given me I look forward to updating my music and hearing from you. Ricky
Welcome to the wonderful (but sometimes frustrating) world of SACD & DVD-A
Regarding difference in sound quality between DVD-A and SACD, I have not heard any difference in sound quality between them myself - they are both good IMO (some releases are better than others, which applies to both formats). Back when the two formats were fighting it out to replace CDs there were folks on both sides that claimed one was better than the other, and the winner was..... mp3 downloads
SACD hybrid refers to a disc that is both SACD *and* a CD. The CD portion can be played back by anything capable of playing CDs, but the SACD portion can only be played back by something with SACD functionality. Most SACDs are hybrid, but there are non-hybrid SACDs out there - the non-hybrid SACD can only be played back by SACD player.
Digipak is a type of packaging for optical discs, there is a picture here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digipak
The reason it digipak is typically mentioned when discussing SACDs is because there are some discs out there (i.e., the Rolling Stones) that in normal plactic package is a regular CD only, but digipack version contains a hybrid SACD (but for my example it is only stereo/2channel).
Some PS3s have SACD functionality. Please check out the "hardware" and the "faq" sections of this: http://www.ps3sacd.com/