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In Reply to: RE: Sony HAP-Z1ES and formats posted by dtyoshih on March 19, 2017 at 14:09:44
I'm guessing it won't handle BluRay because you'd need an HDMI input, and this Sony device doesn't have one.
I don't think that's necessarily true. For example, can't you play the Neil Young Blu-ray audio disk from an Oppo 105 through its analog outputs to a pre amp? That would suggest that the Oppo can convert the Blu-ray format to analog. Just wondering if the Sony HAP-Z1ES supports the Blu-ray format.
The Sony does NOT support the uncompressed BluRay audio format. It stores digital audio files that are input over a LAN or USB input, converts them to analog, and outputs them through RCA or XLR connections. Uncompressed BluRay digital audio signals can only be transmitted digitally as a hi-rez signal using an HDMI cable, due to copy protection restrictions.
The Oppo players will output BluRay audio after converting it to analog. They will also transmit a down-rez digital version of the BluRay's uncompressed audio signal over coaxial and optical outputs. This Sony unit has no way to access the uncompressed, high-rez audio on a BluRay.
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