HDCD detection in WMP 10

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by USCCompEng, May 10, 2005.

  1. USCCompEng

    USCCompEng Guest


    My question is with regard to Media Player's ability to correctly detect
    high definition compatible digital (HDCD) CDs. I have seen on occasions
    where the player detects a disc and replaces the mini spectral analyzer (the
    one that appears at the bottom to the right of the volume control bar and to
    the left of the artist, song title, album info) with a green on black "HDCD"
    logo, but it only appears under certain circumstances. The logo does not
    appear when you first start from the beginning or when you skip tracks, but
    it does appear if the title is allowed to naturally progress from one track
    to another. So, if you want to listen to track X, select track X-1, and then
    advance the the player to just before the end of the track, and you will see
    the HDCD logo appear for track X. I've seen this behavior for both the B-52s
    "Time Capsule" and Christopher Cross's "Walking In Avalon" [Disc 2].

    First, is it possible for the player to correctly decode HDCD content and
    not display that logo? Second, is there any other way to verify, other than
    that logo, that a title is being played back in 20-bit HDCD mode and not just
    16-bit CD audio. Finally, is this a bug in Media Player or something wrong
    with my setup?

    I'm using Media Player 10 with Windows XP SP2 and a Creative Soundblaster
    Audigy 2 NX sound module. Under Devices tab of the options menu, I have the
    Audio CD properties set to digital playback with error correction. Under the
    speaker properties (an odd place to put it), under performance, I've checked
    the box for 24-bit audio for audio CDs.
    USCCompEng, May 10, 2005
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  2. USCCompEng

    USCCompEng Guest

    BUMP. I'm still waiting for a reply from somebody. ANYBODY!
    USCCompEng, May 12, 2005
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    TJ Guest

    I've been trying to find an answer as well and no one seems to know. Looks
    like hdcd isn't at the top of anyone's priority list...

    TJ, May 19, 2006
  4. USCCompEng

    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    One of my favorite CDs (DJ Spooky's "Under the Influence") uses HDCD........

    I think the comments below were a little abstract. If there's a good repro
    of this kind of issue in WMP11, that would potentially be of interest.
    There's not much that can be done/changed with ye olde WMP10 at this point.

    Windows Media Development Team (speaking for myself only)
    See http://zachd.com/pss/pss.html for some helpful WMP info.
    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    zachd [MSFT], May 20, 2006
  5. USCCompEng

    TJ Guest

    Just tried it in MP11 and no luck. If I remember, it seemed to work when I
    first install the creative drivers and use MP10 but then after driver and MP
    updates it stops working. Creative is of no help of course.

    TJ, May 20, 2006
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    Will [MS] Guest

    I'm so happy to see that HDCD logo appears in WMP 11.0.6001.7000 which
    shipped with Vista SP1.

    Will [MS], Feb 9, 2008
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