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SACD/CD/BD connection to Preamp question?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by 500Homeruns, Jan 20, 2014.

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  1. 500Homeruns

    500Homeruns Peaceful Punk Thread Starter

    Location:
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    I have a Sony BDP-S5100 (Bluray player that can play SACD). I want to hook it up to my Peachtree Novapre 2.1 system in my listening room (audio only). My issue is that the Sony only has HDMI and Digital Coax out. The Novapre has Digital Coax in, but no HDMI. From doing some research on here, i won't be able to take advantage of the hi-res audio from SACD or BD-A using Digital Coax.

    Is there any way to get the most out of hi-res in this set up?
     
  2. McLover

    McLover Senior Member

    Location:
    Athens, Tennessee
    Yes, get an A/V receiver with HDMI or a Preamp-processor with HDMI. HDCP should be outlawed.
     
  3. testikoff

    testikoff Seasoned n00b

    HDMI interface is HDCP-compliant by default, IIRC...
     
  4. SamS

    SamS Forum Legend

    Location:
    Texas
    You could potentially use an HDMI de-embedder. This device would of course convert the DSD to PCM, then to analog. You have a lot of potential for poor sound from one of these devices. You might be better off considering a different player with traditional analog outputs.
     
  5. 500Homeruns

    500Homeruns Peaceful Punk Thread Starter

    Location:
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    Novapre = $1000
    BDP-S5100 =$80

    I would throw the Sony away before replacing the Peachtree.
     
  6. gd0

    gd0 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies

    Location:
    Golden Gate
    ^ Exactly. Get a player with analog out.
     
  7. 500Homeruns

    500Homeruns Peaceful Punk Thread Starter

    Location:
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    I guess I will use the Digital Coax until I can upgrade.
     
  8. Bill Mac

    Bill Mac Forum Resident

    Location:
    So. ME USA
    I agree. Many SACD player options (new and used) that have analog outputs.

    Bill
     
  9. roboss38

    roboss38 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Clovis, CA U.S.A.
    That is a nice pre-amp. Get a better player with analog outs so you can get the most from your other equipment.
     
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  10. 500Homeruns

    500Homeruns Peaceful Punk Thread Starter

    Location:
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    Thanks. I will get a better player eventually.
    When I do, I will have to unplug my turntable when I want to listen to SACD/BD-A.:shake:
     
  11. McLover

    McLover Senior Member

    Location:
    Athens, Tennessee
    Definitely buy a better SACD player with analog outputs. Keep your superb gear.
     
  12. SamS

    SamS Forum Legend

    Location:
    Texas
    Nice pre-amp, a shame it only has a single analog input.
     
  13. 500Homeruns

    500Homeruns Peaceful Punk Thread Starter

    Location:
    Lehigh Valley, PA
  14. SamS

    SamS Forum Legend

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  15. 500Homeruns

    500Homeruns Peaceful Punk Thread Starter

    Location:
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    Is it worth it? Do you think it will sound better than the digital coax out of the bluray player into the digital coax in on the preamp/DAC
     
  16. SamS

    SamS Forum Legend

    Location:
    Texas
    Running it through that HDMI converter will probably make the sound very crappy. I'd run straight into your preamp/DAC.

    I figured you were just interested in the converter for SACD playback.
     
  17. 500Homeruns

    500Homeruns Peaceful Punk Thread Starter

    Location:
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    I am interested in getting the best sound playing a few BD-A discs I have now and possibly some SACD's in the future.
     
  18. head_unit

    head_unit Forum Resident

    Location:
    Los Angeles CA USA
    Is what worth it? I'm a bit confused.

    Optic cannot carry more than CD resolution, and coax only somewhat better. Certainly neither is set up to send DSD data! I'm sure something is output, but either down sampled to PCM, or just sending the CD layer.

    Your disc player and preamp aren't really compatible. End of story, sorry. You really need a disc player with a great analog section if you're keeping that preamp. Maybe an Oppo.
     
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