SACD no. I believe there is no current way to do so. DVD-A is another story. Creative's Audigy series soundcards all generally support DVD-A.
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I'm using WINDVD6 through an Audiofile 24/96 cdrs are recorded using discWelder Chrome on an NEC 3520A. Can only really check this is all working by ear and it sounds pretty good. Have been AB-ing the new Goldfrapp album the cd sounds like an mp3 but the DVDA is ok just about good cd-like. So that's a positive forward step - NOT. Just goes to show how dependent we are on software and how the quality of it varies.
Ghunter I think you are exactly right on both counts.
The CD is as user friendly as it is only because at the time of its introduction the writeable CD was not foreseen and hard drives space cost much more than a CD. The record companies thought you would need a factory to press a CD and were willing to put up with copying to cassettes. This was the same situation they faced with LPs.
I have read that writable SACDs do not exist even for recording engineering purposes and that recordings are delivered for manufacturing on DAT. I saw another report that contemplated biometric (thumb print) controls on playback devices!
I agree that the copy protection has gone to far. The new formats deny us fair use; preventing loading your iPod or using them in PC based audio.