Thanks to Phillip and Tom for input on the units below. I've done some
follow up research on Epinions and came up with these evaluations on
Tom Fine wrote:
> Hi Rod:
> Toshiba used to make an incredible little unit. I think they got out
> of the SACD business. The Toshiba I have, model #SD-4960, plays SACD
> quite well (not quite as well as my Marantz player, but this thing
> cost less than 1/3 as much), DVD's very well and audio CD surprisingly
> well (ie they didn't cheap out on the D-A converter or the analog
> stage after it). I bought it after reading a very good review
> somewhere. I think it cost $120 on sale, perhaps on sale because it
> was being phased out.
Tom, I'm sure that this was a good unit for you, but it seems to have
laid an egg for some who have purchased it more recently:
I appreciated your general comments below on SACDs in general, but it
looks like the Panasonic that Phillip recommended seems to currently win
out on both cost an user appreciation:
However, I'm still checking out the competition.
Thanks again to both of you for your input.
> I am not 100% on this, but the impression I got is that SACD laid an
> egg in the mass market and thus lower-end multi-format players are not
> including in this latest year or last year's models.
> My own opinion is that some SACD discs sound really wonderful, and
> some multi-channel mixes are worthwhile but overall it's not worth a
> lot of extra expense (particularly since it's a submerging format) and
> there wouldn't even have been a window of opportunity if there were
> better CD mastering and remastering engineers out there. And, since
> the same guys also do SACD, the same percentage of SACD releases are
> really excellent (ie small percentage).
> One man's opinion, etc.
> -- Tom Fine