Originally Posted by djkest
Hey, has anyone used this for SACD? Are you actually able to output SACD audio via the digital coax, of do you need to use the analog audio outputs? I can't find this info anywhere.
Well, I read the manual. The sound from SACD can be pushed through HDMI or through PCM, which for this player is digital coax (good!).
I can't figure out if any data is lost through digital coax, some have suggested that it doesn't have enough bandwidth. Also unsure if my reciever could handle the full resolution of the SACD digitally either....
It depends on what you are connecting the BDP-S580 to, with respect to a receiver. If you want multi-channel playback, you *must* use HDMI.
If you want full resolution audio, you need to either use (a) HDMI or (b) analog out. SACD's copyright protection does not allow a player to transport full resolution audio via S/PDIF (coax or optical), even with 2-channel, so it will be converted to LPCM and down-sampled to ... I'm not sure what.
Just use HDMI and forget about it. If your receiver cannot directly decode DSD, set the BDP to output LPCM (frankly, my receiver *can* decode DSD, but I transport LPCM anyway, because this allows the receiver to apply sound processing and the already decoded LPCM allows my receiver to handle the extra work). See the Music settings in the manual.
If your receiver cannot accept HDMI input, then use the S/PDIF out and just live with the down sampled 2-channel audio (your receiver's DAC will be far better than what's built into the player and you likely won't hear the difference).
While you are at it, just playback the CD-layer of your hybrid disk. Again, you likely won't hear the difference. The real advantage of the SACDs is the attention paid to the mastering - the extra resolution is just extra gravy.