it's another way to represent 3d sound, but to me it's a no go due to limitations to mainly mainstream that I can hear on radio every day.
I have exactly 1 DVD-A disc.
I listen in 2 channel mode. I believe most players (by default) will play just in stereo if the "surround" outputs are not plugged in.
There may also be something in the settings where you can choose 2 channel vs surround.
Honestly, the DVD-A's I've seen are all exorbitantly expensive. Like twice the price of the identical SACD, so I never really bothered. $15 for the CD, $40 for the SACD and $75 for DVD-A.
I'll stick with SACD, thanks.
@coralkong Actually, I have a number of DVD-A’s, they were all bought on the used market, and in many cases for less than I would have to pay for the equivalent CD! Not many folks have the gear to play DVD-A’s, so this has impacted the price of these discs.
Sorry I can't be of more help, @daveyf .
Out of curiosity, what happens if you stick the disc in a regular CD player?
I just looked at the manual for my unit, and it will ONLY play (output) DVD-A to the analog out jacks, so surround isn't even an option for me. (I never even realized this until now...)
Sounds like you have the exact opposite problem.
I have a bunch of DVD-As. I bought most of them at a fire sale when Tower Records went bust. They play fine on my Oppo 103 and 203, but not all play on a newer Pioneer Elite Universal player.
Regarding your playback issue, it may be a compatibility issue with your amp/processor. DVD-A isn’t a priority for the newer machines
@katylied The player I own is a Esoteric DV60. The display seems to indicate that the disc is playing only the surround sound layer. Sounds fine, but I suspect the stereo only layer, mastered by Doug Sax, would sound a lot better. The other DVD-A discs I own all play on the stereo layer only, probably because there is no embedded video layer. I actually prefer the XRCD discs to all of these from a SQ perspective. Nonetheless, the DVD-A's I own were all bought for less $$ than the XRCD's.
Basically, press the "audio button" on your remote and it should shift through the different audio layers available.
@daveyf , I don't know, but if it were me, I wouldn't worry about it. I've had bum discs before....it does happen.
I remember buying the brand new Robert Plant/Allison Krauss CD. Took it out to the car, unwrapped it, popped it in the CD player, and it skipped. LOL.
@coralkong I think with this particular disc, it is possible that a video screen is required to change the levels. This is the only DVD-A that may require this, but it still sounds fine under the surround sound mastering, better I am sure with the stereo.