[linux-audio-dev] Re: Any interest in DVD-Audio?

Fernando Lopez-Lezcano nando at ccrma.Stanford.EDU
Mon Mar 14 19:25:31 UTC 2005

On Sun, 2005-03-13 at 12:54, Fons Adriaensen wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 13, 2005 at 08:16:14PM +0200, Jussi Laako wrote:
> > You can play high quality 5.1 or 2.0 audio from SACD discs. 
> And do nothing else with then at all. It's a completely closed format.
> > And those also play on standard CD players.
> Only because the flip side *is* a CD, and without that SACD
> wouldn't sell at all. You could do the same with any new format. 

Yes, it is simply a temporary "backwards compatibility" workaround to
change formats. 

The second layer is _not_ mandatory in the "standard". That is, at some
point, when an acceptable proportion - determined by marketroids,
nothing technical about this - of the players can play sacd natively, it
will be eliminated and the disks will only be playable in a sacd player.
Presto, big media companies are back in control of the whole production,
pressing and copying chain. Don't expect to see a sacd writer in your pc
any time soon :-)

-- Fernando

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