A new high-resolution 24bit/192kHz audio format that’s based on the existing video DVD standard and allows for up to 6 channels of music. Software support is still scarce, but DVD-A discs are backward compatible with all video DVD players and promise audio quality superior to CD once the first DVD-A players mature. DVD-A’s competitor in the market place is Sony’s SACD format. To date, a true universal player [compatible with CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-V, DVD-A and SACD] is still to be introduced.
an ultra-hi resolution format for audio on DVD
An audio version of DVD, in which multiple digital audio channels can be stored in uncompressed PCM form, or using a lossless compression algorithm (the digital audio signals are reconstructed without alteration). The massive storage capacity of DVD allows for many options.
The audio-only format of DVD. Primarily uses PCM audio with MLP encoding, and an optional subset of DVD-Video features.
Digital Versatile Disc-Audio. Enhanced audio format with up to six channels of high-resolution audio encoded onto a DVD.
A version of DVD for storing high quality, multi-channel audio content. It is expected to supersede the familiar audio CD. (Eg. - Santana / Abraxas)
The soon to be released audio format of DVD features a variety of sample rates (44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192kHz) and word lengths (16, 20, 24) for six channel surround sound audio. DVD-A also features many value-added capabilities such as text, graphics and video.
DVD-Audio. A DVD with extremely high-quality audio tracks, including stereo and multi-channel sound. A DVD-A disc can also have videos or pictures on it, but the format is primarily for sound.