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 Post subject: Cd player formats
PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:43 pm 
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Does anyone know if there is a higher end cd player that has been produced in last 5 years that can play sacd and hdcd discs. Curious as I have a bunch of both.Thanks Emper


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:53 pm 
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Esoteric K-01X Super Audio CD/CD Player.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:04 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:05 pm 
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Voodoo Funk wrote:
Esoteric K-01X Super Audio CD/CD Player.

While probably an awesome player (I haven't heard it myself) I don't believe it does HDCD, as the OP requested :(

In fact, it seems that HDCD is kind of dropping off the radar, I don't see it mentioned all that often anymore....


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:21 pm 
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dcrooks wrote:
Voodoo Funk wrote:
Esoteric K-01X Super Audio CD/CD Player.

While probably an awesome player (I haven't heard it myself) I don't believe it does HDCD, as the OP requested :(

In fact, it seems that HDCD is kind of dropping off the radar, I don't see it mentioned all that often anymore....


Virtually any CD Player will play HDCD.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:42 pm 
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I wouldn't call it a high-end player (depends IMO what the rest of one's system is like), but my OPPO 105 reads both SACD and HDCD layers. How well HDCD disks sounded on the OPPO was quite a pleasant surprise.


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My Oppo-205 does and it's pretty high-end to me :D

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Voodoo Funk wrote:
dcrooks wrote:
Voodoo Funk wrote:
Esoteric K-01X Super Audio CD/CD Player.

While probably an awesome player (I haven't heard it myself) I don't believe it does HDCD, as the OP requested :(

In fact, it seems that HDCD is kind of dropping off the radar, I don't see it mentioned all that often anymore....


Virtually any CD Player will play HDCD.


well yes but at 16 bits and not 20.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:39 pm 
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many disc are dual layer, so player might not always read the hd versions


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:19 pm 
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Some people may be confusing DVD-A with HDCD. For those who are not familiar with the format: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Defi ... le_Digital

ANY CD player will play HDCD discs, only a few (generally older) had the ability to decode the additional information stored in them. The format was largely dead by the time SACD and DVD-A came along.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:45 am 
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Thanks electrafixion for clarifying and everyone else for your responses. I am pretty sure the new oppo 205 does not include the hdcd chip in its player, was in 105 but dropped it for this new player. I have a cary that has the hdcd decoder so I have accumulated many of these discs over the years and I can really hear a difference. Was just seeing if any new higher end cd players have this option as haven't seen it on any. I know hdcds play on a normal redbook player but they sound better when they are decoded. Also need SACD as a format on the cd player as well, doubt there are any players that have both these formats anymore. Anyways thanks for the responses, pretty sure I may be out of luck with this search.


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