Importing SACD to iTunes?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by GilesM, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. GilesM macrumors 6502

    Oct 17, 2008
    Is it possible to import an SACD to itunes if the disc does not feature a CD layer? So, SACD data only on the disc?
  2. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
  3. GilesM thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 17, 2008
    Damn... oh well I guess I will have to keep my SACD player.
    My project to move all discs in to storage via Apple TV is working well, except for these darn SACD's...

    I guess SACD is a dead format now, such a shame, it was a good idea 10 years ago. Even today I think it's a fine format, just a major lack of uptake has killed it off...

    Oh well, thanks anyway!
  4. lostless macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2005
    You can always do it the old fashion way. All macs, at least I think, have optical in. Just use an optical cable from the SACD player to your mac and record. The 5.1 will be down sampled to 2.0, but you can record at higher bit rates to take advantage of SACDs better sound.
  5. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    The damn downlocking is precisely why it's a living dead format. They never had the right idea. Only the ultra dense accept to handle physical media other than for ripping since many years ago already.

    And those who rip are also consirered dense by the downloading generation, even if you get open and better quality at a better price with CDs when buying catalog online.
  6. GilesM thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 17, 2008
    I know what you mean, my nephew is a teenager and does not own a single CD, it's all downloads these days.
    What we have here is a triumph of convenience over quality.
    Even the CD format was in itself a compromise, and now that has been compromised again for the MP3 generation.

    I love iTunes, but I still buy physical media for two reasons, first no matter what happens to my computer/HD I still have the disc, 2 I can rip via Apple lossless format to get the best quality possible.
    My nephew thinks I am a dinosaur!

    At least my living room is no longer holding 4 or 5 hundred CD's, they are all in itunes and on my Apple TV.

    I really wanted to capture the higher quality of SACD, but I guess I will have to let it go and use the SACD player in the front room.
  7. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    Unmodified SACD players only output digital though protected HDMI, and even there the sampling rate is capped.

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