Digital audio interface - Part 3: Consumer applications

This part of IEC 60958 specifies the consumer application of the interface for the inter connection of digital audio equipment defined in IEC 60958-1. NOTE When used in a consumer digital processing environment, the interface is primarily intended to carry stereophonic programmes, with a resolution of up to 20 bits per sample, an extension to 24 bits per sample being possible.

Digitalton-Schnittstelle - Teil 3: Allgemeingebrauch

Interface audionumérique - Partie 3: Applications grand public

IEC 60958-3:2021 est disponible sous forme de IEC 60958-3:2021 RLV qui contient la Norme internationale et sa version Redline, illustrant les modifications du contenu technique depuis l'édition précédente. L'IEC 60958-3:2021 spécifie l'application grand public de l'interface pour l'interconnexion des appareils audionumériques définie dans l'IEC 60958-1. L'IEC 60958-3:2021 annule et remplace la troisième édition parue en 2006, l'Amendement 1:2009 et l'Amendement 2:2015. Cette édition constitue une révision technique. Cette édition inclut les modifications techniques majeures suivantes par rapport à l'édition précédente: a) la partie pertinente de l'IEC 60958-5 est prise en compte.

Digitalni zvokovni vmesnik - 3. del: Porabniške aplikacije (IEC 60958-3:2021)

Ta del standarda IEC 60958 določa porabniško aplikacijo vmesnika za medsebojno povezavo digitalne zvokovne opreme, opredeljene v standardu IEC 60958-1.
OPOMBA: Kadar se vmesnik uporablja v porabniškem okolju za digitalno obdelavo, je namenjen predvsem za prenos stereofoničnih programov z ločljivostjo do 20 bitov na vzorec, z možnostjo razširitve na 24 bitov na vzorec.

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SIST EN 60958-3:2007
SIST EN 60958-3:2007/A1:2010
SIST EN 60958-3:2007/A2:2015
Digitalni zvokovni vmesnik - 3. del: Porabniške aplikacije (IEC 60958-3:2021)
Digital audio interface - Part 3: Consumer applications (IEC 60958-3:2021)
Digitalton-Schnittstelle - Teil 3: Allgemeingebrauch (IEC 60958-3:2021)
Interface audionumérique - Partie 3: Applications grand public (IEC 60958-3:2021)
Ta slovenski standard je istoveten z: EN IEC 60958-3:2021
33.160.30 Avdio sistemi Audio systems
35.200 Vmesniška in povezovalna Interface and interconnection
oprema equipment
2003-01.Slovenski inštitut za standardizacijo. Razmnoževanje celote ali delov tega standarda ni dovoljeno.


October 2021
ICS 33.160.01 Supersedes EN 60958-3:2006 and all of its amendments
and corrigenda (if any)
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Digital audio interface - Part 3: Consumer applications
(IEC 60958-3:2021)
Interface audionumérique - Partie 3: Applications grand Digitalton-Schnittstelle - Teil 3: Allgemeingebrauch
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European foreword
The text of document 100/3543/CDV, future edition 4 of IEC 60958-3, prepared by IEC/TC 100 “Audio,
video and multimedia systems and equipment” was submitted to the IEC-CENELEC parallel vote and
approved by CENELEC as EN IEC 60958-3:2021.
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Endorsement notice
The text of the International Standard IEC 60958-3:2021 was approved by CENELEC as a European
Standard without any modification.
In the official version, for Bibliography, the following notes have to be added for the standards
IEC 60841 NOTE Harmonized as HD 544 S1
IEC 60908 NOTE Harmonized as EN 60908
IEC 61119-1 NOTE Harmonized as EN 61119-1
IEC 61119-6 NOTE Harmonized as EN 61119-6
IEC 61880:1998 NOTE Harmonized as EN 61880 (not modified)
IEC 61883-6:2014 NOTE Harmonized as EN 61883-6:2014 (not modified)
IEC 61937 (series) NOTE Harmonized as EN 61937 (series)

To be published. Stage at time of publication: prEN 61880:2021.
Annex ZA
Normative references to international publications
with their corresponding European publications
The following documents are referred to in the text in such a way that some or all of their content
constitutes requirements of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For
undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments)
NOTE 1 Where an International Publication has been modified by common modifications, indicated by (mod), the
relevant EN/HD applies.
NOTE 2 Up-to-date information on the latest versions of the European Standards listed in this annex is available
Publication Year Title EN/HD Year
IEC 60958-1 - Digital audio interface - Part 1: General EN IEC 60958-1 -
IEC 60958-5 - Digital audio interface - Part 5: Consumer EN IEC 60958-5 -
application enhancement
IEC 60958-3 ®
Edition 4.0 2021-09
Digital audio interface –
Part 3: Consumer applications
ICS 33.160.01 ISBN 978-2-8322-1017-1

– 2 – IEC 60958-3:2021 © IEC 2021
1 Scope . 9
2 Normative references. 9
3 Terms and definitions . 9
4 Interface format . 9
5 Channel status . 9
5.1 General . 9
5.2 Application . 10
5.2.1 Channel status general format . 10
5.2.2 Mode 0 channel status format for digital audio equipment for consumer
use . 13
5.3 Copyright management guidelines for consumer application of the digital
audio interface . 18
5.3.1 General . 18
5.3.2 Category code groups . 19
6 User data . 22
6.1 General . 22
6.2 Application . 22
6.2.1 User data bitstream . 22
6.2.2 User data message structure . 22
6.2.3 Equipment classification . 23
6.2.4 User data message length and contents . 24
6.3 Information for synchronization . 26
6.3.1 General . 26
6.3.2 SMPTE time code information . 26
6.3.3 Latency information . 27
6.3.4 Loudness information . 28
Annex A (normative) Application of the digital audio interface in the compact disc
digital audio system . 30
A.1 Overview. 30
A.2 General: application-specific details. 30
A.3 Channel status: application-specific details . 30
A.4 User data: application-specific details . 30
Annex B (normative) Application of the digital interface in the 2-channel PCM
encoder/decoder . 32
B.1 Overview. 32
B.2 General: application-specific details. 32
B.3 Channel status: application-specific details . 32
B.4 User data: application-specific details . 32
Annex C (normative) Application of the digital interface in the 2-channel digital audio
tape recorder in the consumer mode . 33
C.1 Overview. 33
C.2 General: application-specific details. 33
C.3 Channel status: application-specific details . 33
C.4 User data: application-specific details . 34
Annex D (normative) Application of the digital interface in laser optical digital audio
systems for which no other category code is defined . 37

IEC 60958-3:2021 © IEC 2021 – 3 –
D.1 Overview. 37
D.2 General: application-specific details. 37
D.3 Channel status: application-specific details . 37
D.4 User data: application-specific details . 37
Annex E (normative) Application of the digital interface in a digital audio mixer in the
consumer mode . 38
E.1 Overview. 38
E.2 General: application-specific details. 38
E.3 Channel status: application-specific details . 38
E.4 User data: application specific details . 38
Annex F (normative) Application of the digital interface with a sampling rate converter
in the consumer mode . 39
F.1 Overview. 39
F.2 General: application-specific details. 39
F.3 Channel status: application-specific details . 39
F.4 User data: application-specific details . 39
Annex G (normative) Application of the digital interface with a digital sound sampler
in the consumer mode . 40
G.1 Overview. 40
G.2 General: application-specific details. 40
G.3 Channel status: application-specific details . 40
G.4 User data: application specific details . 40
Annex H (normative) Application of the digital interface in a digital broadcast receiver

(Japan) in the consumer mode .

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