Creating an Audio only DVD from several CD's

Rick Stevens ricks at
Tue Aug 10 23:07:18 UTC 2010

On 08/10/2010 03:33 PM, linux at wrote:
>>> So I managed to write a DVD-A on a DVD+RW with the following steps:
>>> dvda-author -o DVD -g *.wav
>>> mkisofs -o image.iso -sort sort.txt -udf DVD
>>> growisofs -Z /dev/sr0=image.iso
>>> I followed the howto on:
>>> I do not have the mkisofs patch applied and used the sort file from
>>> that howto.
>>> And on my Denon DVD-1920, an explicit SACD and DVD-A player, it plays
>>> fine.
>>> However, I cannot mount the so-created DVD-A using mount -t udf
>>> /dev/sr0 /mnt/udf; it gives me an "unknown filesystem" error.
>>> Regards,
>>> Gabriel
>> Hi Gabriel,
>> Did you try to mount it with -t iso9660  instead of udf?
> In fact, that worked. I had set the option "auto" in my /etc/fstab and
> mount without the "-t" option recognized the udf filesystem on the
> DVD-A and gave an "unknown filesystem error. The command "mount -t
> iso9660" as well as giving the filesystem type option iso9660 in the
> /etc/fstab-file works fine.
> How to play a DVD-A on the linux computer remains yet a mistery to me,
> however. Hope we'll find out soon.

Unless your computer's DVD drive supports DVD-A, you're stuck.  The
drive must support DVD-A internally.  The audio on DVD-A is not the
same as the audio tracks on a DVD.  Totally different beast (different,
lossless encoders used, higher bitrates, etc.).  It's similar to trying
to play an SACD on a non-SACD-compatible drive.

AFAIK, there are very few internal DVD-A drives available.  You could
wire your Denon into the line inputs of your sound card, but I'm sure
you thought of that.
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