How to Set Up the 5.1 SACD Surround

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How to Set Up the 5.1 SACD Surround
SACD is a high-resolution audio format. (Tsuneo Yamashita/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Super Audio CD, or SACD (sometimes SA-CD), is a high-resolution audio format developed by Sony. It uses a different digital-to-analogue conversion mechanism than either CD or DVD, which use pulse code modulation (PCM). SACD uses direct stream digital (DSD) which samples the music at 1 bit at 2.8 million times per second, much faster than PCM's 44,100 times per second. This creates a more natural analogue sound. SACD disks can be either stereo or multichannel. However, when setting it up for multichannel audio, you can't rely on the standard TOSLINK optical cable, which won't process DSD.

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Things you need

  • Six RCA interconnects OR
  • An HDMI or i.Link cable with select receivers

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  1. 1

    Read your receiver's manual to see if it can decode a digital DSD signal. Most receivers do not, but some do, such as the Denon AVR-3808, Pioneer VSX-59TXi, Marantz SR6001 and Yamaha RX-V1700.

  2. 2

    Check the back of your SACD player to see if it outputs a digital signal or if it only has analogue outputs. If both the player and your receiver are compatible, use an HDMI or i.Link cable to connect them.

  3. 3

    Locate the multichannel analogue inputs on the back of your receiver. They will be labelled R, C, L, RR, RL and S or LFE. Locate the corresponding jacks on your SACD player.

  4. 4

    Connect the six analogue cables from the player to the receiver, making sure to plug the cable from the same output to the same input (i.e., front right on the player to front right on the receiver).

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