Might be of interest to those who don’t have home theatre but do play their dvd/blu-ray/tv through their DAC :
I just invested in Pink Floyd’s Later Years bundle. This includes several DVD and Blu Ray discs. Sound is 96/24 and I enjoyed watching the gig disc so much, I wanted to experience the concert in hi res sound.
For any of you playing the sound of your Blu Ray/DVD player (and TV) through your DAC over optical/coax, like I do, you’re most likely only getting it at 48khz. If there’s hi res audio on the disc, it’s probably restricted to your player’s HDMI output only. But there’s an easy fix to get up to 196khz out via coax/optical.
- Buy a (Lindy, in my case) tiny HDMI audio extractor for £60
- Run HDMI out of player into extractor. Run HDMI out of extractor into TV for picture
- Run optical out of extractor to DAC for hi res up to 196khz.
The extractor overcomes the restriction the visual media puts on its audio - namely restricting it to HDMI - by liberating it from its HDMI cell and forwarding it in a freed state.
Not much money for a jump to the hi res’ if your disc has it.
I haven’t yet tried applying the same principle to TV streaming services which have some movies with hi res sound, but am hoping that it will also work.