What to do ... SACD to hard disk

 I have many SACD's that I wish I could put on a hard drive and play through my computer. Is there any way to do this so I can take advantage of the new high end DAC's (Sabre!), copious disk storage and the convenience of a computer feeding my high end stereo (Krell/ Amati)?

I would consider downloading hi-res files, but usually can't find my music on-line. Jazz is just unloved I guess.


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  • Several companies are working on ways to rip SACDs to hard disk, and then to output DSD from the computer via the emerging DSD-over-USB interface. I expect to see working systems at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in a couple of weeks. Watch for our full show coverage starting October 16.

    • Thanks Robert - I will be looking forward to it. — mjz October 11, 2012 2:38 p.m.

    • Hi Robert - Did you see any working systems at the RMAF? Would you point me to a few - thanks — mjz November 08, 2012 8:01 a.m.

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  • It now being 3 years later - has anyone found a way to rip SACD w/o using a PS3? thx

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  • really  it  seems   each  disk  type or  foremat????  played  its  own  unit  is  best.....pc  stuff  makes  storage  easy....bought   usb  turn  table....to  much   pc    gizzmos  to  record  to  pc.....not  worth  the  trouble  to  me.....good  luck...

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  • Actually, you can rip SACDs and get the native DSD files and store on your PC/music server. The process is a bit involved and will require you to get your hands on a used Sony PS3 to be able to do this. You will also need a DAC that can decode DSD datastreams natively (not too many of those yet). Here is a link however that describes how to do it: http://code.google.com/p/sacd-ripper/. Good luck.

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  • Computers don't have SACD players and even if they did, SACD's are designed to be uncopyable.

    Really your only option is capturing the audio playing out of a SACD player through a high-end sound card. That will be a very painstakingly slow slow process.

    • See Robert Harley's comment above — mjz October 11, 2012 2:40 p.m.

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