Vincent's new CD-S8 is one of few players on the market designed specifically for playback of HDCDs. The CD-S8 incorporates the Philips VAM1250 CD transport for its low noise and long life expectancy. It includes the Texas Instruments PM1792 DAC for 24-bit quality and a 192kHz sample rate.
NAD's C 426 is a newly redesigned tuner designed to pick audio right out of the air at the highest possible quality. It sports a MOS-FET RF front end design, and a PCB layout which NAD says helps them to achieve excellent sensitivity with low distortion.
Pioneer's new G-Clef products were designed, obviously, with the audiophile in mind. There are two SACD players and two amps, designed to be paired up with one another. The $700 PD-D6MK2 SACD player offers a pair of Burr-Brown DACs and Hi-Bit technology that takes 16-bit audio up to 24, helping to clear up compressed MP3 files.
Last week Marantz announced new universal players that handle everything from CD on up to Blu-ray, but if you're just looking for audio performance, a Blu-ray player is overkill. Especially when Marantz has new CD and SACD players on the market.