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I think it's the initial cost of players that made it hard for people to 
dive into. That and the fact that software was hard to find.
Shai

On 31/01/12 14:54, Tom Fine wrote:
> 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
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Eric Nagamine" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> 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
>>
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