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DVD-A is the newest recorded music format. DVD-A players can play music back with a much higher resolution than CD's, resulting in a more vibrant and true sound. The CD's we are so used to playback on 16-bit 56kHz processors as opposed to DVD Audio's stunning 24-bit 192 kHz processors. You don't have to be an audiophile to notice the difference in sound, even on the lesser quality systems.

The difference in sound of DVD-A compared to CD is like comparing DVD videos to VHS. It's that much better!

DVD-A is fairly new on the market, but already there are over 200 discs available. Warner Brothers Music is, so far, the biggest of the supporters of DVD-A. They have released discs by such artists as The Grateful Dead, Alanis Morrisette, Fleetwood Mac, R.E.M, Neil Young, and many others.

The closest competitor to DVD-A is Sony's version called SACD otherwise known as Super Audio Compact Disc. In theory, both are very similar in how they sound. The problem with SACD is lack of support by both makers of hardware and software. You will find many more DVD-A players on the market than you will find SACD players. You will also find many more DVD-A discs available than SACD discs, mainly because Sony Records, besides a few smaller record companies, are the only ones releasing discs for SACD.

The newer discs for DVD-A are also being released at a much lower price than SACD. The average price of a SACD disc is about $22. The newest DVD-A releases cost about $15. The lowest prices I have found yet for DVD-A discs were found at DVD PLANET where most of them start at about $12.

Most DVD-A players are not any more expensive than a DVD-Video player. In fact, many people who have bought DVD-Video players over the past year might have players that also play DVD-A discs and are just unaware of it. All DVD-Video players can play DVD-A discs, but not all will play them back at the higher resolution. The DVD-Audio logo, like the one at the top left of this page, needs to be present on the player in order to hear the audio at the higher resolution.

DVD-A is also meant for 5.1 channel surround sound. When playing a DVD-A disc in surround sound it will create a whole new listening experience, especially for the same recordings you are used to hearing on CD. Most DVD-A dsics are enabled to play three ways. You can play them back in high resolution surround sound mode, high resolution stereo mode (2 channel), or normal stereo DVD-video mode. DVD-A discs WILL NOT playback on CD players. At the very least a DVD-Video player is needed to hear the songs recorded on a DVD-A disc.

DVD-A discs also come with many extras recorded on them in addition to the songs. Some discs have videos of the making of the album, lyrics, interviews and many other similar extras usually found on DVD-Video discs.

For the sound of the future check out DVD-A, you'll never want to hear a CD again.


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