I accidentally bought my first HDCD today and was shocked to see my ERC-3 identify it as such. Now, I'm wondering about how to play it back from my music server (which is the end fate of all my CDs). If I use XLD to rip the HDCD to an Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) file, XLD doesn't understand the HDCD-ness and just treats it like a Redbook CD, which means the HDCD information is still available in the bitstream. If I then feed that bitstream to the DC-1 via the coaxial input, will the DC-1 realize that it's being fed a HDCD bitstream and do the full HDCD decoding?
Amp: XPA-1 gen 2 using XLR connections. Speakers: Axiom Audio m80 V3, Sennheisser HD600 headphones. two pairs 12 guage speaker cables per monoblock for biwire. Headphone amp: Basx A-100 (INCREDIBLE VALUE WITH HD600s!!)
Post by Cory Cooper on Jul 19, 2014 8:42:21 GMT -5
XLD doesn't have an HDCD software decoder built-in, but dBpoweramp does. It is my understanding that you need to rip HDCDs in Windows with dBpoweramp Reference using the DSP Effects to export them as 24 bit FLAC files which will maintain the HDCD information.
There's a lot of misinformation floating around about this subject, so it is all a bit cloudy for me to say for sure.
I believe garbulky is correct that the DC-1 doesn't support HDCD decoding. The ERC-3 does however, as you discovered.