Discussion in 'iPod' started by xparaparafreakx, Jan 21, 2006.

  1. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2005
    This might be the wrong place to ask but whats HDCD? How can I play it on my mac and take advantage of it? Also what hardware would I need to play on my sound system?
  2. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    You can play HDCDs with Windows Media Player 9 or above on Windows XP only, which to this date is the only software-based decoder available. Microsoft bought the rights to it a long time ago.

    If I remember correctly, HDCDs play like regular CDs in hardware without the decoder, but in the presence of a HDCD decoder, adds a few "features" to regular Red Book standards.

    To be honest, not many have either the setup and/or the ability to hear an obvious difference in HDCD vs. regular CD audio. But whatever floats your boat.

    Find out more here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/forpros/hdcd/hdcdabout.aspx

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