This is actually not true. Last I read, vast majority of DVD owners listen thru their TV speakers.
No way "many people" have anything resembling a surround system. Very low WAF (wife-acceptance
factor), even for two large, full-range speakers, in most homes.
Yes, SACD was developed as a superior fidelity system, but when that tack totally crapped out in the
marketplace, the major backers switched to it being a surround system capable of "breathing new life
into old masters." The AES show in 2003 NYC featured a Sony/Philips booth where SACD was
"relaunched" as a multi-channel format. This was in reaction to the DVD-A alliance, who actually got
multi-channel titles to market but then backed off quickly when no mass market developed. The SACD
crowd tried "super-fidelity" 2-channel (Stones, Bob Dylan) and numerous remix/remaster multi-channel
discs. As far as I've read or heard, none of them have been barn-burners with sales. So, now, it's
evolving to a pretty small niche market. I'd bet it can be bigger and more profitable than, for
instance, audiophile LPs, but certainly not a mass market and likely not something a large
multinational record company would want to mess with much longer.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Don Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, July 04, 2006 12:33 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] VHS and Beta (was Re: [ARSCLIST] Longevity)
> On 04/07/06, Tom Fine wrote:
>> the reels were cooler. I borrowed a pile of them, transferred them to
>> digital and burned to DVD-A discs. Some of the quad mixes were pretty
>> hokey but some were excellent, and the reels were later-era, so they
>> used decent tape, had less hiss and no edge warpage. Apparently they
>> were premium-priced, so no 3.75IPS junk either. If the quad disk
>> formats hadn't been such kludges, the format might have worked, but I
>> think even if the mass-market version (grooved disks) worked well and
>> sounded great, there just aren't that many people willing to double
>> the size, cost and complexity of their sound system. The same wall hit
>> by SACD.
> SACD is more about better audio quality than about surround.
> However, many people do now have some kind of crude surround setup as
> part of a home cinema installation. That wasn't the case when
> quadraphonic sound came out.
> So I think the resistance to having to buy two more speakers will be
> less now.
> A bigger problem is that most popular albums are so badly recorded that
> better reproduction may not be audible.
> Don Cox
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