Note that it's Whacky-Packia so I certainly don't vouch for it being all correct.
Basically, the SACD is a new kind of audio disc that uses the DSD 1-bit system and can be either
2-channel, multi-channel or multi-layer "hybrid" with a CD audio layer recognizable and playable in
most CD players (not really old ones). The media is akin to DVD but I'm not positive that it's
identical (one problem SACD had was that, after all the hype introducing it, disc manufacturing
capacity was limited for a couple of years).
As far as what's out there on SACD, if you like classical you have a lot of choices. If you like
other genres, your choices are more limited.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Jack Palmer" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Just to show how far out of touch with the current world, what is SACD? It may be all around me
> but I have not heard about it personally. I am assuming it is a step up from DVD. I've barely
> managed to leave video for DVD. Jack
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> From: "Don Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Saturday, June 16, 2007 8:41 AM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] OK - Does Anyone Know More About This?
>> 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.
>> Don Cox
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