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Read review how rip SACD (Super Audio CD) optical disk to computer files.

June 23, 2023 updated | since March 22, 2023

Author: Yuri Korzunov,
Audiophile Inventory's developer with 25+ year experience in digital signal processing,
author of the articles that make audio easy for beginners
How to rip SACD







What is SACD

SACD optical disk is physical disk with stereo and/or multichannel audio content in DSD format.


Note: SACD ISO is an audio file that contains image of SACD optical disk.

Playback SACD on computer, mobile phone or portable digital audio player is impossible in the most cases (read details below). So, SACD ripping to computer files may solve the issue.


How to rip SACD

SACD optical disk ripping cannot be read on an ordinary CD/DVD drive of a computer. The ripping requires special hardware to read a Super Audio CD. About the equipment you can read below by links in "SACD ripping ways" part.

To rip a SACD optical disk, the hardware is used in connection with sacd_extract utility, that may be configured for ripping via command line parameters.

The ripped DSD stream may be saved as .iso (SACD ISO) or .dsf/.dff files.

DFF files may cause issues with storing metadata.

DSD files in the ripping may cause issues with long path names and others. If using ripping software can't solve the issue, ripping to SACD ISO (.iso) files is recommended.
After it, ISO to DSF conversion may be applied...


SACD ripping ways