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    Is SACD for 2 channel? I'm confused.

    I'm getting confused with DVD Audio and Super Audio CD. I want to try out SACD but don't know if I need to upgrade my equipment or not. Currently I'm running all my SOURCE unit thru NAD C352 which is a STEREO Integrated Amplifier. I don't planning on changing my system to multiChannel. Please let me know if SACD is for 2 channel or not, thanks.

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    Yes,2 ch also.
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    Yes you're good to go. Many SACD's are stereo only, and the multichannel SACD's can be downmixed to 2 channel.

    Keep in mind you do need an SACD player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N. Abstentia
    Yes you're good to go. Many SACD's are stereo only, and the multichannel SACD's can be downmixed to 2 channel.

    Keep in mind you do need an SACD player.
    Not if its a hybrid but that wouldnt be Hi Res,right?
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    Fyi...

    ...you might wanna' check here:

    http://www.sonymusic.com/sacd/faq/index.html

    jimHJJ(...FWIW...)
    Last edited by Resident Loser; 05-25-2005 at 11:11 AM.

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    Yes ...

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    m500[/url]]...Please let me know if SACD is for 2 channel or not, thanks.
    SACD disks generally contain multiple "layers". Virtually all recent SACDs contain:
    1. a high-resolution multi-channel layer -- this can be three, four, or five channels, (the fifth being a subwoofer channel),
    2. a high-resolution 2-channel, (stereo), layer, and
    3. a standard CD stereo layer.
    A disc that has the last, CD layer is referred to as "hybrid" because it can be played on a standard CD player. Of course, the first two layers require an SACD player.

    Hybrid discs with only stereo hi-rez and CD are pretty common, especially for re-masters of old recordings. Early discs sometimes had no CD layer and had only hi-rez stereo. However I'm not aware of any SACD that has only a hi-rez multi-channel layer -- if they exist, they are most rare.

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    Self-correction

    Quote Originally Posted by Feanor
    SACD disks generally contain multiple "layers". Virtually all recent SACDs contain:
    1. a high-resolution multi-channel layer -- this can be three, four, or five channels, (the fifth being a subwoofer channel),
    2. a high-resolution 2-channel, (stereo), layer, and
    3. a standard CD stereo layer.
    A disc that has the last, CD layer is referred to as "hybrid" because it can be played on a standard CD player. Of course, the first two layers require an SACD player.

    Hybrid discs with only stereo hi-rez and CD are pretty common, especially for re-masters of old recordings. Early discs sometimes had no CD layer and had only hi-rez stereo. However I'm not aware of any SACD that has only a hi-rez multi-channel layer -- if they exist, they are most rare.
    In fact, SACD multi-channel can have six channels with the subwoofer being the sixth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feanor
    SACD disks generally contain multiple "layers". Virtually all recent SACDs contain:
    1. a high-resolution multi-channel layer -- this can be three, four, or five channels, (the fifth being a subwoofer channel),
    2. a high-resolution 2-channel, (stereo), layer, and
    3. a standard CD stereo layer.
    A disc that has the last, CD layer is referred to as "hybrid" because it can be played on a standard CD player. Of course, the first two layers require an SACD player.

    Hybrid discs with only stereo hi-rez and CD are pretty common, especially for re-masters of old recordings. Early discs sometimes had no CD layer and had only hi-rez stereo. However I'm not aware of any SACD that has only a hi-rez multi-channel layer -- if they exist, they are most rare.
    Must be a reason to hook up 6 analogs.
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    Yeah ...

    Quote Originally Posted by shokhead
    Must be a reason to hook up 6 analogs.
    My mistake which I corrected above. It's true though, that multi-channel recordings don't always have all six tracks.

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