On 15/06/07, Tom Fine wrote:
> Er, OK Don but the fact is the major owners of content have pretty
> much abandoned the format. Yes, some small labels catering to
> audiophiles do continue to make releases, mostly classical music but
> some jazz. Fact is, SACD failed as anything approaching a mainstream
Good music isn't mainstream anyway. And what you call "small firms" are
overtaking the majors - Hyperion, Chandos, Naxos, BIS etc have been
building their catalogs for the past 20 years while the old majors have
been winding down.
> You raise a good question about quad uptake vs. SACD and you might be
> right but note that SACD-enabled players are not all DVD players by a
> long stretch, so they are a tiny subset of the installed DVD base.
Not all DVD players can play SACD, but a good proportion can, including
most of the better ones. So people who are serious about Home Cinema can
generally also play SACDs in surround dound.
Hi Fi dealers now sell a lot of Home Cinema gear.
> Also note that DVD-audio pretty much failed as a mainstream format,
> too, although some niche players are definitely active in that format
> Bottom line is, more than 2 speakers for music-only listening is just
> not appealing to most people despite how much you and I might like
> listening in surround sound.
There seem to be a lot of magazines called "What Home Cinema" and the
like. I think this is a thriving industry.
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