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The only way to get DVD-A/SACD out of a player is with Analog and HDMI.
This is not correct as a general matter, and definitely not correct with the 3910.
The 3910 will pass along the SACD and DVD-A bitstreams through two outputs: Denon's proprietary Denon Link format and the legacy iLink/FireWire/IEEE 1394 format.
Denon Link is unique to and usable only within Denon equipment. While currently in its Fourth Generation, the final software upgrade for the 3910 was for the Third Generation.
iLink (Sony's name) - FireWire (Apple's name) is a non-proprietary format for high-speed data communication. It used to be widely available in Sony, Denon, Pioneer, Apple, etc. equipment.
The 3910 has outputs for both formats. Thus, all digital data - SACD, DVD-A, PCM, AC-3, DTS - is made available to any outboard receiver, preamp, or processor with an iLink input, or a Denon model with a Denon Link input. PCM, AC-3 and DTS data are also available through optical and coaxial outputs.
The 3910 cannot output SACD or DVD-A data through HDMI. I am pretty certain that a downmix is not available through HDMI (not 100% sure). If a disc also contains PCM data, it can be output through HDMI.
Making the data and bit streams available through the iLink or Denon Link output jacks requires setup in the player. A (somewhat confusing) manual, proper cables, and some patience is required. It IS worth the effort: even PCM reproduction is far superior through either of the two formats than through the S/PDIF (TOSLINK and coaxial) outputs.
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