Originally Posted by Roger Dressler
Yes, that's its primary function. And in that case, the output is MHR encrypted, making it useless to anything but a Meridian processor. I guess it would output 48/16 in the clear if that were interesting to someone, but can't image that being the case with anyone in this thread.
As another posted noted previously, I think Meridian is just about the only company that makes units with multiple S/PDIF inputs. So their box would only be of interest to Meridian owners, whether or not it had MHR outputs only or multiple S/PDIF outputs.
On a related note, years ago we asked Meridian if we could use their MHR protocol. Even though I had had several communications with Bob Stuart on DVD-related issues, this e-mail never received a response. I guess they weren't interested in playing with others...
For the DX-7e (our second DVD player), we developed our own high-resolution, multi-channel digital interface. We called it "SyncroLink" so that other companies could use it without having the Ayre brand name attached. We invited other companies to help develop the interface so that there would be a standard.
Theta said they *wanted* a proprietary interface. Levinson ignored us. The only companies that responded (out of a dozen or so enquiries) were two smaller companies that just wanted to argue about the details of the implementation.
We never made an SSP that would connect to the SyncroLink, although that was the original plan. Then we were planning to include it on the new Blu-Ray player but abandoned it for two reasons:
a) Our system would only handle 6 channels of 192/24, which was enough for DVD-Audio. But with Blu-Ray we needed 8 channels. We would have had to make a new physical interface with a new connector.
b) HDMI had taken over the world. Normally we would have ignored it because it has so many problems. But they finally *allowed* for one of the big problems to be solved with the Audio Rate Control feature. So we decided to stop spitting into the wind and just include HDMI with Audio Rate Control.
So far the only SSP's with Audio Rate Control are (presumably less than state-of-the-art for audio performance) units from Pioneer and Sony that only use proprietary implementations of ARC. But at least the door is open. Hopefully Theta or Meridian or Classe or *somebody* will make an SSP with ARC. Heck, we might even do it someday....