Most DVD players have a digital output of stereo signals. Be advised that these are not always the best quality and that the analog outputs may be better.
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I recently bought a used Sony 9000ES DVD player and am very pleased. The digital out does 2 channel PCM including 96/24. I can listen to virtually all media formats including CD, SACD, DAD and DVD-audio. What? DVD-audio? Yes, it plays the 2 ch DVD-audio from it's analog output, and puts out a 2 channel digital signal to my outboard DAC. I think that digital signal is 96/24 but am not sure. My Theta DAC accepts 96/24 digital and it sounds great. The Sony analog is not quite as good as the Theta, but it is still very good.
Hope this helps.
I purchased two DVD-Audio discs for evaluation purposes. They are the Jazz/Concord recording of Ellis/Pass/Brown/Hanna (HRM 2006) and the Chesky recording of Bucky Pizzarelli, Swing Live (CHDVD222). Both discs play through the 2 channel analog output from the Sony, as well as the Theta Gen Va processor using the Sony digital output. A standard CD player will not recognize either disc.
I admit to being new to DVD-Audio, and may not be totally familiar with this formats characterists. But, I am very pleased to be able to play these two DVD-Audio discs on my Sony/Theta system. This does not mean that other discs may not play on my system, but these certainly do.
Regards and happy listening.
You are listening to the DVD-V-compatible tracks, not the DVD-Audio tracks. With both the Chesky and Hi-Rez discs, you have the option of this lower resolution (but still pretty good) playback. The 9000ES is NOT a DVD-A player. In fact, I do not believe that Sony yet makes ANY DVD-A players.
The good news is that, one day, these discs may sound even better.