As I understand it (and I may well understand it incorrectly), there is only one SACD production
line left, at a Sony plant in Japan. Somebody reported, maybe on this list, that Sony took out SACD
manufacturing capability from Indiana a couple of years ago.
Question, Eric -- do the Japanese like SACD multi-channel or 2-channel?
One of my opinions about why SACD flopped is that Sony took their eye off a superior 2-channel
product and then the multi-channel stuff was so inconsistent and then there are decades of proof
that mass numbers of consumers won't do multi-channel. They should have left multi-channel to the
DVD world and stuck with a superior 2-channel product, working with manufacturers to get player
costs down quickly, like they did with CD's. I think the whole cause of higher-rez digital suffered
because there wasn't a big enough market for SACD and DVD to have a format war, and hybrid SACD's
weren't ready for 2 years. If they had come out with SACD as superior 2-channel and line-priced it
with CD until the hybrid discs came out, I bet they'd have had better uptake in the marketplace,
which would have meant SACD/CD players would have evolved faster and cheaper, which would have
propelled the virtuous circle of greater uptake.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Eric Nagamine" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 4:42 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Mercury 51-CD box set now officially set for USA and Europe markets
> Gray, Mike wrote:
>> SACD is still alive in Japan - cf. Exton (really a vanity label, but
>> still releasing every month) and EMI-Japan's 50 SACD's from their
>> deep analog catalog.
>> Mike Gray
> EMI Japan has another 50 SACD titles due out by March. Universal Japan is
> issuing single layer SACDs and Esoteric/Teac is issuing some EMI and
> Universal licensed materials on SACD. EMI also has bunch of Furtwangler &
> Casals mono SACDs issued.
> Aloha and Mahalo,
> Eric Nagamine