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You can use the optical option if you buy dts music discs. There's quite a library out there.
SACD and DVD-A are decoded in the player. The manufacturers specified it that way so their music cannot be ripped, and to record the analog signals would require a 6 channel tape recorder, a product which does not exist in the consumer market, to my knowledge.
I love my 5.1 hi-rez. I now listen to mostly SACD and dts. The dts signal is decoded in the receiver on my system. Therefore, using the optical out works for that format. The only comparison I can make to DD is on movies, but when both soundtracks are available I like dts better than DD--IMHO it has higher gain, better signal to noise ratio, and the channel separation seems to beat DD. It's also damn good for multichannel music if your sound processor is capable of decoding dts.
I'm disappointed that my new iPod doesn't support the SACD or DVD-A MCH digital signal, assuming there is some way to access it. No mention of dts in the "iTunes and iPod for Dummies" book I got. For now the iPod is used only for the stereo CD's.
Retired twice, back at work again...but still attempting to age disgracefully!