Originally Posted by progprog
I've been following your conversation about this, and then went and downloaded the manual for the 2500. Now I'm really
confused! If you look at the sections on video and audio settings, it looks like pretty much like any other player, i.e., it can be set to output at selected resolutions, meaning it processes video, and it can be set to output bitstream OR
PCM, meaning it decodes audio. How is that a "pure" transport? That looks like the same options my player has....
Someone else can correct me if I've got some details wrong, but this should be close enough:
It's a "transport" in that it doesn't do D-A conversion. For CDs, a transport just gets the digital signal off the disc, which involves some decoding/error correction work to get the on-disc signal into PCM format. The DAC converts that PCM to analogue. A "player" is a combined transport + DAC.
Similar but different for video.
Edit: sorry, just realised that you had written "it can be set to output bitstream OR
PCM, meaning it decodes audio". Bitstream or PCM doesn't make it a "player"; a DAC, i.e. an analogue output, makes it a player. Cheers, Roger.