Snippet from the specs of the BDP-09FD:
(compliments of Chris W.)
BDP-09FD analog section
- AC Switch and Filter (Dedicated Board)
- Toroidal Transformer (Dedicated Board)
- Custom Analog Power Supply containing Pioneer Custom Made Caps (Dedicated Board)
- Analog Audio Board consisting of 8 Wolfson 8740 DACs running in Dual (Differential) mode. The differential mode of these DACs work on the same premise as Balanced outputs by inverting the audio signal 180 degrees out of phase and then comparing the two signals at the end to eliminate any external noise from entering the audio path. This mode also increases SNR by 3db. (Dedicated board on black glass PCB board (instead of pressed paper PCB)
- 8 Gold Plated RCA Analog Outputs
And yet the player does not have the ability to play either SACD or DVD-Audio. What a shame, and what an incomprehensible omission considering its target audience and price-tag.
On the other hand; I'm sure utilizing 1/8th of the player's capabilities, DAC-wise, will be used to great effect in making it sound great with CDs...