What's the deal with HDCD?


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relatively new to audiophilia and was wondering what was up with HDCD. it looks like a MSFT owned/sponsored high-definition CD format.

i just got an NAD T763 and it has HDCD decoding. however, apparently the v2.0 software/firmare just released for the T763 dropped the HDCD. and i looked for some discs on Amazon and the selection is pretty thin. so, it seems like a dead format. is it?

is DTS 96/24 a similar idea? better?

i don't even have a DVD-A although i listened to the new Norah Jones (don't laugh) DVD that is mixed for DD 5.1. sounds pretty cool but the "surroundness" of the whole thing didn't blow me away.

thanks in advance.

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Username: Arnold_layne


Post Number: 261
Registered: Jun-04
HDCD uses a small portion of the bits on a CD to codify extra information. Here's a link:


Just remember that it's not equivalent to high-resolution audio (DVD-A, SACD).


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Username: Arnold_layne


Post Number: 262
Registered: Jun-04
BTW, Norah is cool. Nobody laughing over here.

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Username: Culp4684

Post Number: 85
Registered: Aug-04
Seconding the motion about Norah... ;)

Give a listen to her on Ray Charles "Genius Loves Company"...

Ever listen to Diana Krall? Her SACD recordings are fantastic!
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