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looking for a DAC that will take a HDMI digital signal and output to analog with RCA connectors

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Posted on November 4, 2021 at 10:32:35
Analog Scott
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I have a Sony UBP-X800M2 Ultra HD Blu Ray/ DVD Player. It plays Blu Ray, SACD, DVD-A and CD. But....it's just an optical reader so it seems. The output is HDMI.

I just want to find a basic DAC that will actually accept that signal, convert the D to A from all of those different discs and out put through an RCA connector so I can plug it into my preamp.

The less expensive the better.

 

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RE: looking for a DAC that will take a HDMI digital signal and output to analog with RCA connectors, posted on November 4, 2021 at 10:59:48
AbeCollins
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There are several such devices out there. These are often called HDMI Audio Extractors. See link below.



 

Thanks!, posted on November 4, 2021 at 11:37:51
Analog Scott
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I was hoping to find something less pricey. :-D

Those are really cheap. I know that any decent DAC is audibly transparent but do you think that extends to these items?

 

RE: looking for a DAC that will take a HDMI digital signal and output to analog with RCA connectors, posted on November 4, 2021 at 14:31:35
Kal Rubinson
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First, almost all quality audio DACs will expect either PCM and/or DSD audio and cannot decode things like dts or DD. Fortunately, most sources (not all) will decode them and provide suitable output. Check yours.
Second, here are a few:
https://bryston.com/digital-audio/bda3/
https://nadelectronics.com/product/c-510-direct-digital-preamp-dac/ (PCM only)
https://www.essenceelectrostatic.com/product/evolve-ii-4k-hdmi-v2-0-multi-channel-dac/

 

RE: Thanks!, posted on November 4, 2021 at 15:12:54
AbeCollins
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You wanted cheap! ;-)

Why don't you simply use the DIGITAL COAXIAL output from your Sony Blu-ray player to drive a quality outboard DAC?

That seems the easiest least convoluted route to me.



 

A question re: SACD, posted on November 4, 2021 at 15:34:38
Vegman70
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Using the Geer Box to play SACD output on HDMI from Blu Ray player one might ask..Does the DAC in the (brand) preamp accept DoP (DSD over PCM) Protocol over coax?

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1600939-REG/geerfab_audio_d_bob_digital_breakout_box.html/?msclkid=3f3e60b1717d1c5da9890028f98c4855

 

Thank you!!, posted on November 4, 2021 at 16:25:08
Analog Scott
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The Essence unit looks like it might be what I am looking for

 

RE: Thanks!, posted on November 4, 2021 at 16:28:34
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A simple Coax to DAC will not allow DSD from SACD which is what the OP implies that that wants. Further DVD players made post Jan 2011 ( or at least Japanese ones) do not output hi-res audio on the coax connector.

Unfortunately if he is looking for a cheap solution there does not seem to be one that meets all of his brief. For example the linked box will do it for SACD but I am guessing it's outside of his budget. He also would need a DSD DAC that accepts DoP.

"We need less, but better" - Dieter Rams

 

You are welcome........................, posted on November 4, 2021 at 16:33:45
Kal Rubinson
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also................to this. Just scroll down a bit...

 

A simple question to answer..................................., posted on November 4, 2021 at 16:36:43
Kal Rubinson
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once you name the DAC. :-)

 

RE: Thanks!, posted on November 4, 2021 at 16:41:06
AbeCollins
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I pretty much ignored DSD because there is no inexpensive option that I am aware of as the OP said he didn't want to spend much. I figured his Blu-ray player retails for under $300 so he would probably want the DAC to cost less than that. But who knows. I tend to ignore DSD in general ;-)

The cheapest solution that will support SACD to his preamp might be a Sony Blu-ray player with RCA outputs and forget using an outboard DAC. His current player does not have RCA outs.



 

It's more than I *want* to spend, posted on November 4, 2021 at 17:01:06
Analog Scott
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But hardly unaffordable. Thanks for the heads up on that unit

 

The Bryston is the one that came to mind, posted on November 4, 2021 at 18:40:50
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It has several HDMI inputs.

 

I ordered the Essence unit, posted on November 5, 2021 at 08:26:47
Analog Scott
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Looks to be exactly what i was looking for and a little more. Thanks again!

 

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