Ripping SACDs

First piece is hardware such as Oppo player mentioned above or least expensive is certain sony blu ray player which are shown which ones on link in my original post. As mentioned then a small java applet. Then a usb stick formatted fat32, which will hold the applet. One also has to have program such as one I mentored to interpret the dsd .dff .dsf files, and Lastly a dac which will play those files. Well worth it for all the sacd cds you have. The only reason I went older sony blu ray player was it cheap $27 delivered You have to make sure the remote is withit. It’s a beautiful thing. Directions are super easy with Hi Haven link above. Good.

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@Torq I thought someone might have the answer for this. I ripped a classical sacd today and it comes out as a 7.68 GB .dsf file. It is a multichannel surround sacd. They always are bigger files (.dsf) . How does a 750 MB cd end up given that large a file? Or am I mistaken that cds might hold larger amount of data.
Could it be the DSD stream is somehow compressed. If you guys know, please let me know.

DSD encodes an enournous amount of higher frequency (ultrasonic) electronic noise as a result of the massive quantization noise inherent in a 1-bit sample depth.

This noise is effectively random and as a result cannot be compressed.

That is the BULK of what makes DSD files so large. Otherwise they’d be about double then size of a normal uncompressed PCM rip for two channel, since 1x DSD (DSD64), which is what SACD uses, is roughly equivalent to 24/88.2 PCM (and then linearly larger for each additional channel).


@Torq Gee Golly! Is there anything you don’t know?

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You just have to love ripping the sacds you have instead of paying $50-60 again for the same music. My ears hear a big difference between the two formats.

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Exactly. They also just posted some new software. the claim is it is faster. The Gui for Sonore is nicer looking with more options. I’ll stick to what took me a little while to learn. That’s only because I am a slow learner. wtf

To me making transfer speed go from 2.5 mbps to 3.5 mbps is no big deal. It’s still only a few minutes. The bigger challenge are the multi-channel. They take about 15-20 minutes each. Running in the background while posting in forums works great for me.