DVD-Audio (commonly abbreviated as DVD-A) is a digital format for delivering high-fidelity audio content on a DVD. DVD-Audio uses most of the storage on the disc for high-quality audio and is not intended to be a video delivery format.
|Media type||Optical disc|
|Encoding||Meridian Lossless Packing or uncompressed LPCM|
|Capacity||up to 8.5 GB|
|Read mechanism||640 nm wavelength semiconductor laser|
|Standard||DVD Books, Part 4, DVD-Audio Book, DVD Audio Recording Book|
|Developed by||DVD Forum|
Compact Disc Digital Audio
|Extended to||High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray|
The first discs entered the marketplace in 2000. DVD-Audio was in a format war with Super Audio CD (SACD), and along with consumers' tastes tending towards downloadable music, these factors meant that neither high-quality disc achieved considerable market penetration; DVD-Audio has been described as "extinct" by 2007. As of June 2019, Amazon lists only 155 albums available on "Audio DVD". DVD-Audio remains a niche market but some independent online labels offer a wider choice of titles.