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Old 01-03-04, 10:52 PM
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How many of you have a SACD player?

If now, why not?
I have the Sony 222ES and just love it. Had it for about 16 months now.
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I just upgraded from the Pioneer DV-656A (no SACD) to the 536A which does have SACD. I love it.
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Don't have one. If they released more hard rock I would get one though.
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Got one but haven't hooked up the 5.1 yet. Just using as a reg cd player.
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No, I just have a regular Sony DVD player. My next one will have DVD-A for sure, SACD is still debatable.
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Originally posted by woofman
No, I just have a regular Sony DVD player. My next one will have DVD-A for sure


Um, dont all dvd players play DVD-A?
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Originally posted by KevinSmithIsGod
Um, dont all dvd players play DVD-A?

No they do not.
Old 01-04-04, 08:10 PM
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Originally posted by TheKobra
No they do not.
Why not, unlesss your player is ancient? It's in 5.1. Have not had a problem on the following player brands (personal experience):
[list=1][*]Panasonic[*]Philips[*]Onkyo[*]Apex[/list=1]

Maybe it's just Sony Players, as they have a reason to not play them... SACD!

Edit: from Digital Audio Guide

Can my DVD-Video player, CD player or PC play DVD-Audio discs?

DVD-Video Player
Most DVD-audio discs are compatible with DVD-Video players. To provide compatibility, most DVD-Audio discs are including Dolby Digital (some also include DTS) audio tracks that satisfy the DVD-Video specification. These tracks are playable on DVD-Video players. A DVD album which includes these features will carry the DVD-Audio and DVD-Video logo.

However, a DVD-Video player will not recognize and play the ultra-high fidelity PCM and MLP encoded audio tracks on a DVD-Audio disk. To play these tracks, a DVD player is required that meets the DVD-Audio specification. These players can be identified by the DVD-Audio logo.

And from: Dolby.com

Even if you don't have a DVD-Audio player, you can still listen to most DVD-Audio discs on any DVD-Video player. DVD-Audio discs can include compatibility audio tracks in a "video zone" allowing them to play on a DVD-Video player. These tracks can employ full 5.1-channel Dolby Digital, or stereo PCM audio that sounds as good or better than CDs. This means you can start enjoying your DVD-Audio collection right away, even before you get a DVD-Audio player.


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I invested quite a bit of cash in my Toshiba SD9200 which plays DVD-A before I had even heard of SACD.

I'd love to be able to get some SACD titles that I have seen available ( Dylan ) but I won't be replacing my player any time soon.
Old 01-04-04, 08:28 PM
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They don't all play the high resolution tracks DVD-Audio offers. Most DVD-Audio discs have a regular DD or DTS track, that is playable by any dvd player. The High resolution track is only playable through a deck connected through analog outs and that specifically supports DVD-A.
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Yes but I don't own any SACD disc.
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Nope. I don't have a CD player at all right now (just use the DVD player to play them).
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Re: How many of you have a SACD player?

Originally posted by TheKobra
If now, why not?
Not an audiophile, thus I feel no need to start rebuying discs.

Plus I listen to 90% of my music at work and in my car where SACDs would be unplayable.
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Re: Re: How many of you have a SACD player?

Originally posted by Josh Hinkle
Plus I listen to 90% of my music at work and in my car where SACDs would be unplayable.
Unless you get the Hybrid SACDs, such as the Dylan and Stones releases, that can also be played in regular CD players.
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Re: Re: Re: How many of you have a SACD player?

Originally posted by JoeR63
Unless you get the Hybrid SACDs, such as the Dylan and Stones releases, that can also be played in regular CD players.
True, but those seem somewhat few and far between.
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Re: Re: Re: Re: How many of you have a SACD player?

Originally posted by Josh Hinkle
True, but those seem somewhat few and far between.
Not ture. I would say 85% of the new SACD's that are coming out will be hybrid.

Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon is hybrid
Stones
Police

I know just a few. But another big plus about hybrid? They have CD-Text while playing in normal CD players that support it.
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Originally posted by KevinSmithIsGod
Um, dont all dvd players play DVD-A?
I was just referring to the hi-res tracks, otherwise I'm lovin the 5.1DD music tracks right now.
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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: How many of you have a SACD player?

Originally posted by TheKobra
Not ture. I would say 85% of the new SACD's that are coming out will be hybrid.
I wasn't aware. I'll have to keep an eye out I guess. There still doesn't seem to be a ton of release in the type of music I like (mainly mid 90's alternative rock, grunge etc.).

I'm also not super keen on 5.1 remixes. The original album was in stereo, you go to a concert it's not 5.1 etc. Just doesn't sound right to me the few times I've listened to one.
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My current DVD player is DVD-Audio compliant but my next player will include SACD capability.

High resolution 5.1 is the shiznit
Old 01-07-04, 08:36 AM
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Simple reason for me: they don't release SACDs of the music I like.
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I bought the Pioneer 563A in Nov. and I'm pleased with it. I had 10 DTS discs that played on my DVD player and had planned to get a DVD-Audio player. When Dark side of the Moon came out on SACD I decided on getting a universal player. I now have 5 DVD-A & 2 SACD discs and I really see the difference. There are a few more SACDs I'm going to get soon;
Yellow Brick Road Elton John
Toys in the Attic Arrowsmith
Ziggy Stardust David Bowie
Come away with me Norah Jones

I would like to see more new releases in these formats but it's good to hear these old favorites re-issued in surround for now. I do think multi-channel will be in the future of music though maybe not with either of these formats.
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ive got the denon dvd-2200, and previously had the pioneer elite dv45a. ive been happy with both. i like sacd, but i like dvd-a MUCH better becuase of the variety of releases.
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I'm curious but have never heard SACD. Do I need like $5000 speakers to hear a diference? I mean if I plugged a SACD player into my system and played a hybrid disc would the SACD layer sound way better than the CD layer? Cause I think most regular cd's sound pretty good on my system.
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You won't need super expensive speakers. I can tell quite a difference and I have pretty basic speakers. The main thing I notice is how much more warm the sound is from SACDs than from regular cds. It doesn't sound as "digital" so to speak.
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the biggest difference i notice with these new hi-res recordings is bass extension... in beck - sea change, flaming lips - yoshima battles the pink robots, queen - a night at the opera, etc.... the bass is so much more realistic and punchy. its almost like upgrading your sub from a cheap sub $500 sub to a nice $1K+ one. it just tightens everything up and punches.

IMO, everything sounds crisper. its like how a superbly recorded CD sounds. you dont need super stuff to enjoy it, but you will get more out of it with better stuff of course. it will sound better of course, but it may only sound as good as what a cd sounds like on a super high end system.

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