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07-26-2008 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
el`Ol
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The SACD and the Windows Media Player
Hello!

The moronic idea that bad + bad can become good just drove me to playing a hybrid-SACD with the Windows Media Player. First I thought I was right, but then the non-moronic regions of my brain told me this can´t come from the PCM layer. Maybe I am not demanding enough for this forum, but I am glad the SACD no longer stands against my music selection or my way into the USB-based audio world.

Has anyone else tried this and found it practicable?


Regards,
Oliver
07-27-2008 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
el`Ol
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Must be the DSD-Layer
Stragely one only gets this effect for hybrid-SACDs that are recognized as that by the Mediaplayer, not all.
07-27-2008 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
el`Ol
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Can´t be the DSD Layer
I just installed a pure CD-drive. Same effect. I see two possible reasons:
The Media Player adjust its Filter/Upsamplayer algorithm when it detects a hybrid SACD. Hard to believe. Second reason: The recognizable SACDs have a slightly different conversion algorithm that forms some synergy with the media player. So bad + bad would really be good. At least for me. It produces this "aggressive softness" I like so much.
07-27-2008 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
Romy the Cat


Boston, MA
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The mastered to death CDs
Oliver, I am sorry nut I am not following what are you trying to do: to play CD layer of a SACD of Media Player So, it is nothing challenging here. BTW, be advised that the CD layers of SACD are notoriously dreadful. I presume that the industry‘s dirt it intentionally – mastering the CD layers to death in orders to solicit customers to “feel” the CACD is better. BTW, this practice was one of the reasons (not main reasons) why I always disgusted SACD.

The Cat


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el`Ol
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Post ID: 7921
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Bit-identity
Hello Romy!

I suspect that Sony intentionally astablished a poor conversion algorithm, as well. I don`t think there more than a hand full SACDs that have a separately recorded/mastered PCM layer, maybe some more that use an other (non-Sony) conversion algorithm. In search for a bit-identical Player I realized that the Media Player can´t be. In fact its effect on the CDs is almost as deteriorating as the DSD-mastering-Sony-Conversion thing. Sony-converted hybrid CDs however gain quality quite magically when played by this software. In fact I only had problems with one that is multi-channel, so I hope I have a good a good chance whenever buying one. So when I store my CDs on harddisc, there will be libraries for different players. SACDs that are played this way also have their downsides: Transparency and resolution is a lot worse, so it is good that usual CDs sound as they usually do. But they sound so "nice" that I don´t avoid them because I find them annoying, or buy something from a second/third class interpret instead.


Regards,
Oliver
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el`Ol
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Upgrade the Media Player - how could I
Well, I could reverse this with some effort, but then I will be asked every time I start it. Any other tricks to boil up these awful PCM layers?
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