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Old 11-02-01, 08:44 AM
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Is it worth investing in this format? Will it stick, or is it like Beta where it dies out and is never accepted as a standard? Does a DVD/SACD player connect to the receiver optically, or do you need to use the 5.1 wires when playing SACD? Any help would be appreciated, as I need a new DVD player and am not sure if I should invest the extra money in one that includes SACD.

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Old 11-02-01, 10:27 AM
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It remains to be seen which will win out, SACD or DVD-A.

For the most part SACD is still just 2 channel stereo but the multi-channel(5.1) SACD players are starting to hit the market. SACD players are still expensive and the media itself is expensive(usually $20-$30 for a CD).

Personally I think DVD-A and SACD will never be a huge seller but I think DVD-A will win in the end. Also SACD is proprietary to Sony so you are stuck buying a Sony and there is no competition to shop around to.

Currently there are no receivers that decode SACD or DVD-A so you have to use the analog outputs on your player. I have a DVD-A setup and it blows me away everytime I listen to it, it's just amazing.
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