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In Reply to: RE: To be precise... posted by Charles Hansen on May 30, 2017 at 12:31:14
My problem is finding high quality HDCD compatible DACs with xlr outs at all, forget about the HDMI in part. And yes, I'm aware that not all HDCD discs benefit from decoding.
Understood. While every Ayre product ever made includes balanced inputs/outputs, the DX-5 Blu-ray player was the first Ayre product able to decode HDCD files. (That function was built into the MediaTek chipset used.) As a general principal it doesn't seem to me to be a good idea to lose functionality as new products are introduced, so the recent QX-5 Twenty DAC also includes HDCD decoding - this time implemented in an FPGA. (As an added bonus, it differentiates between discs made with the Pacific Microsonics D/A converter that do *not* require HDCD decoding - so-called 'fake HDCDs' - and those that *do* require HDCD decoding, and display that information to the user.)
As always, my posts reflect my own opinion and not necessarily those of my employer or favorite singer-songwriter.
The QX-5 looks like a great machine Charles, but I'd hate to own something like this and use so little of its capability. For the most part I just spin my outrageously large collection of Hi Rez discs. The Bryston - with its SACD capability - is a much better fit for me, as far as I can see.
The more I look at this disappearance of HDCD capability issue the more I'm inclined to temporize by leaving the BDP-95 in the system (RCA stereo only) along with the UDP-205 until I either rip my crucial HDCDs with dBpoweramp or decide that I don't like this outcome (or it really isn't necessary in most cases).
A great discussion thanks to you and JA.
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