Monday, March 5, 2012

SACD "transport/DAC" setup doesn't have to cost a mint

According to Yamaha customer service, even their lowest-price receivers have 5 CHANNELS OF DIRECT DSD-TO-ANALOG CONVERSION!  Here is the quote:

Here are the spec's for 3 models....
RX-V371 DSD Spec:
DSD 2/5.1ch, 2.8224 MHz, 1 bit SACD
RX-V671 DSD Spec:
DSD 2/5.1ch, 2.8224 MHz, 1 bit SACD
RX-A1010 DSD Spec:
DSD 2/5.1ch, 2.8224 MHz, 1 bit SACD 
So, an inexpensive Yamaha receiver such as the RX-V371 (which can decode SACDs) used in conjunction with something like a Pioneer DVR-610, which sends all 5 channels of SACDs out via HDMI in (encrypted) DSD format [1], would approximate an expensive SACD transport and DAC.  This setup might not have the cutting-edge sound quality of a Lindemann $20K SACD player, but it would probably be very good, or at least very analog-like, without having to wonder if the transport is jerking the analog section's power supply around.

So you know what this means: Digital audio has been perfected and made affordable, and that consequently "Armageddon" can't be far off (based on my late 70's prophecy that the world would end when digital audio was perfected). It's always something.

[1]  I base this claim on the following from Pioneer DV-610AV-K Owner's Thread:

Today, I've tried the DV610's audio setting at Auto(DSD) via a HDMI 1.4 cable to a Denon 4311ci receiver with the DV610 player set to 1920x1080p output, and the 4311 receiver picks up the SACD audio as DSD.

DVD-Audio discs in the DV610 show up as PCM 96 kHz in the 4311 receiver.

If the DV610 audio is set to just Auto, SACD audio shows up as PCM 88.2 kHz in the 4311 receiver. If DV610 is set to Auto(DSD), the receiver just reports DSD without a bit rate (sounds better than the 88.2 kHz PCM signal, but that's subjective).

Again, this is all with the DV610 video resolution via HDMI set at 1920x1080p.