What equipment do I need to play the Stereo layer on a SACD
You need an sacd player, even though sacd is just dsd with a flag.
From memory the first Sony Play Stations from memory, played sacd and gave out the digital stream, so then it could be used on a dsd dac. And also I believe the one of the very expensive dcs transport did also.
Any SACD player will play the discs and output the converted analog signal from its analog outputs (either RCA or XLR). It will be playing the actual DSD layer from the disc converted to analog by its internal DAC.
The problem is trying to output the digital DSD data to an external DAC which is what you stated was your objective, and that can be a problem due to licensing restrictions with SACDs and not generally allowing the extracted DSD to be transmitted digitally. There are some exceptions as noted in posts above with specific transports and DACs which can only pass the DSD data between specific devices.
The Bryston BDA-3 DAC is an unusual implementation which is able to accept a DSD signal via its HDMI input from an SACD player with HDMI output, which its DAC is then able to convert to analog. Hope this helps!
I found on my old Pioneer sacd player that it will not play the sacd layer over analog outs if a digital cable is even plugged into the rear as well.
Very odd or ultra cautious.
So I just have analog outs connected to it now.
I think some of the later OPPO like the 105 will also output SACD over HDMI as well as the Bryston
I believe all the Oppo's will play SACD's from the HDMI output. I have a 93 that will.
But I want to play the SACD stereo layer without going the HTMI route and am confused why I can't. RCA and Optical can't handle the amount of info and I'm not sure about Balanced. It looks like USB will work but there are only a few SACD players in my price range that have USB outputs.
How's everyone else playing SACDs?
Something is wrong somewhere.
SACD for the most part ( odd exceptions already mentioned) is ONLY output over analog outputs either RCA or xlr.
The OPPO might be like my Pioneer and will not play the SACD layer if it senses a digital cable connected as well.
Try it with just the analog RCA connected.
That is how my Pioneer is now connected, just RCA outs to my integrated and I can choose between SACD or regular CD layer.
How do I hookup my 2-channel (stereo) audio system (to play SACD and DVD-A) to the player since it does not have stereo outs?
You have to use the FR and FL channels from the 7.1 analog outputs to get the stereo output (set the BDP-93 to do a stereo down-mix for > 2 channel sources). Also, just in case you are not aware, the BDP-95 will be released in the near future as a replacement of the BDP-83SEwhich will have much better DACs for analog outs. You may want to wait for it if you have a high end stereo setup.This from an OPPO forum might help.
NAD makes a DAC that accepts HDMI as well. There are companeis that make I2S DACs, which use HDMI cables, but require an I2S transport. PS Audio and Wyred4 Sound are the ones that I know but there are others.
uber, I was responding to one of the ops posts when he says something like "How are others playing SACD?"
There is a menu setting on the Oppo for SACD. It shows it on but it will only play through the HDMI output. There is dead silence when I use ANY other output. Most of the problem ( So I'm told ) seems to be that RCA and Optical cables cant handle all the information from the DSD layer. Just like now you need a new HDMI cable to play UHD/4K. HDMI 2.2 is what I bought. Sound will still play on most any HDMI cable.
I am going to try and find a Bryston DAC-3. If the DAC sounds good to me, then I'll be all set.
"That works Mahler but Jim wants to output over rca analog
I think he just needs change some menu settings and he should be all
Thanks for your thoughts. Keep em coming.
The final answer is that you cannot do what you want to do with the units you have.
The license from Sony for SACD prohibits a digital output (as for into an external DAC) except for digital output through an HDMI cable to a device (like the Bryston or some mid-fi receivers with built-in DACs) that can receive the HDMI signal.
Moreover, as I understand it Schitt devices do not accept a DSD signal no matter what the source; they are exclusively PCM devices. Schitt owners please correct me.
Other than the Bryston (and I think a PSAudio) unit, the only way to get a DSD signal from an SACD disk into a separate DAC is to rip it and play it on a DAC that will accept a DSD signal. Most good ones do. And thousands of audiophiles do rip their SACDs to send the music through their favorite separate DACs.
The new SimAudio Moon 390 DAC/Preamp/Network player also can take the DSD stream via HDMI. Feature wise it is an impressive unit.
This video explained that. I had to use my phone to play the link.
"According to the OP they cannot get any sound over the analog outputs, which is most peculiar."I am not sure about Oppo, but some machines disengage internal DAC when something is connected to a digital output.
In this case, I would disconnect HDMI (or whatever digital connection is there) from the player when attempting to listen to a SACD via RCA/balanced outputs. I would not even just turn those off but rather pull them out from the player for a test. Just a thought.
Best way to hear DSD is via ripped or purchased files playing via a streamer or computer through a stereo or multichannel DAC you can use for example an early PS3 or Oppo 105 to rip. Or buy from native DSD online etc.
Most importantly the best sound is achieved playing it as DSD not PCM so outputting 24/176 is not ideal.
Oppo can play SACDs via its internal DACS and output via RCAs and sounds pretty good. Oppos can also output DSD over HDMI but this is pointless as the AV amp you connect to will downconvert to PCM and most do this at 16/44
SACD uses copy protection to prevent the data being sent via a digital cable as others have said. Early examples of digital connection were proprietary to Sony (SCD XA9000es) and DCS using FireWire cables. HDMI can be used to send it as it has the High Definition Copyright Protection standard.
However it was possible with early PS3 see thread here and that may be your cheapest option.
I did everything my manual said. I did everything you said, and the Tv screens says yes, but the speakers say no. The CD layer plays just fine. I added a digital rca, CD. I added aToslink, CD. RCA only, nothing.
You just said that the RCA’s are shut off when you plug in a digital or Toslink cable. Not on mine. Could the problem be there?
From you and others are saying, I’m beginning to think it’s the
Hello Google my old friend.
Thanks again for your help.
Only one thing I can add possible as both myself and Glupson have said.
I fear that if the OPPO sees ANY digital cable plugged in regardless of menu settings it will not output over rca.
So only suggestion I have left is to make sure you ONLY have the rca analog outs plugged in while trying, if the hdmi is plugged in or a toslink or a spdif it will likely be the cause.
If that has already been tried or does not work then yes Google may be your best friend!
When I said rca are shut off if a digital cable is plugged in I meant just to the sacd layer, it would still output over rca from the cd layer . Yes it is confusing, blame the corporations involved in the money side of it!
Sorry it is giving you so much grief!
You are more than welcome, hate to see people struggle especially when have been there too many times to count myself.
However just one more thing that may work for you.
This is actually how I run my OPPO as I really only use it for movies, I play sacd most of time on the old pioneer on my second system.
So my OPPO is connected to my tv by hdmi and set to output sacd over hdmi. Then I take a toslink digital out from the tv back to my dac where I now have sacd sound from the sacd layer on the disc.
Sounds klutzy but it works and the sq is actually pretty good although I am sure somebody will come along and poopoo the method!
Now I think you said you had success with playing sacd layer over hdmi so if your tv has a digital output you may be able to do the same as I do.
It has been a while so I got a bit confused.
Your original post links to Yamaha and Denon, but we are trying to fix Oppo. It might have gotten added along the way as you already have it.
We are all talking about analog RCA outputs playing converted SACD/DSD but one of your posts implies that you are also interested in digital SACD output...
"RCA and Optical can’t handle the amount of info and I’m not sure about Balanced. It looks like USB will work but there are only a few SACD players in my price range that have USB outputs."In original post you are asking about playing SACD through an outboard DAC for which would be logical to be interested in digital SACD output.
Could you rephrase/clarify your intentions (models included) so we can try to rephrase/clarify answers? If it is many of them, we will dissect each separately. Right now, it is way too tangled.
In essence, in your original post you seem not to be interested in playing SACD through an outboard DAC in its native DSD(ISO) form but converted to PCM. Is it because the Schiit DAC you mentioned cannot play DSD, but does play 176.4 PCM files?
To answer the end question from your original post,
"What else do I need to play SACD at 176.4khz "You would need:
-appropriate SACD player (that gets very specific and, surprise, cheap)
-program for conversion from DSD to PCM (dbPoweramp, for example, although I do not think it will get you to 176.4, Korg Audiogate may but I would need to check it)
-cable for connecting computer (file player) and DAC
At that point, you will not be spinning actual SACDs anymore, but files of some sort from a hard drive of some sort.
I recently contacted Oppo as I want to compare the SACD hybrid layer on my 195. Apparently it cannot be done, or it might, IF connected to a monitor where I can switch settings. Even it that works it would mean keeping the monitor connected
And since the 105 is currently my only source it auto selects SACD only, but via the analog outs, which in my case is XLRs
I also have a dac pre connected via Optical and coax, but the hybrid layer will not play through them
Odd, but true
So last night I hooked a Sony to a smart tv with HTMI and Optical out to a receiver. I played the SACD stereo layer. I hooked up the Oppo the same way and it also played the SACD stereo layer.
Than I did something I hadn’t tried before, I plugged in a Toslink and a digital RCA into the Oppo and removed the HDMI, and plugged in the Analog RCA’s back in. Both the Toslink and the Digital RCA were plugged into other devices and are working as they should. IT WORKED! I was able to listen to the SACD stereo layer form the Analog RCA’s! Than I went to bed, confused but happy.
Later today I’m going to unplug the Toslink and then the Digital RCA and see what happens.
I need coffee...
Confusing, but excellent that you can, at least, use it for SACDs in the way they were designed to be listened to.
Unfortunately, it does nothing for your wish to play it via an external DAC as you stated in the original post.
We keep on adding players. We started with Denon and Yamaha, switched to Oppo along the way, and now added SONY.
Can we also add what model numbers we are talking about? They may not all work the same (from the same manufacturer). Not because of curiousjim, uberwaltz, or me. Some day, someone may revisit this thread looking for similar answers and she/he may find it helpful to know what exactly we were talking about. It may save that person some time of tapping in the dark.
So I'm just finishing my third cup and I have unplugged the Toslink and the Digital RCA from the Oppo and I am still happily listening to the stereo layer. I'm guessing something was stuck with the Optical hardware, but I'm not an expert. The HDMI video is still plugged into a TV so I can see the menus, and the HDMI audio was never plugged in before last night, and is now unplugged once again.
One final question ( I hope), So both you and my Oppo manual ( same thing ;) ) say to use the PCM setting, and it works. YEAH! The question is so does the DSD setting. I have turned the Oppo off and on with each and every change so I'm pretty sure it's not a fluke.
Maybe a 4th cup of coffee in called for?
This may be one of the more confusing threads in recent memory that actually had some meaning in the beginning.
"One final question ( I hope)…….The question is so does the DSD setting."That is the statement, what is the question?
Is the original post still relevant? Were the answers satisfactory or we abandoned it, or we somehow tangled them with Oppo instructions?
Are we still welcome to try to help with answers or we are welcome to read about the progress with items we do not know what they are?