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Re: Re: RE: Digital Out on MD

Because it'd probably be cheaper from a manufacturing perspective.  
They've already got ATRAC-to-analog converters in every MD player.  
They've already got analog-to-digital converters from other projects.  
Why spend the money to make an ATRAC-to-uncompressed-digital converter 
when they could just chain together two already existing components?  
The goal of MD in the marketplace wasn't flawless sound reproduction.

Think of all the "stereo" effects boxes that have stereo-in and 
stereo-out jacks, but collapse the signal to mono during processing 
then "re-stereoize" it at the end.  You lose all your stereo info going 
in, but it's a cheaper box to build.

On Saturday, July 5, 2003, at 10:40 AM, 
Loopers-Delight-d-request@loopers-delight.com wrote:

>> I suspect they convert it from ATRAC to analog, then redigitize it, so
>>  there wouldn't be much difference between that and running an analog
>>  out and into the soundcard on your computer.
> why do you think that?
> surely the ATRAC has to be converted to an
> uncompressed format before going to the D/A