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Old 11-20-2008   #7
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Default Re: SACD Worth IT?

I don't think SACD's are worth it. I specifically remember when DVD Audio and SACD's were introduced. I decided to go with DVD Audio because you still get the same great audio quality but with DVD Audio, you also get the visual aspect as well !!! So why just re-purchase the album (even though it's high quality resolution audio) when DVD Audio gives you both the great audio AND video!

But, it still absolutely KILLS me that both formats didn't really survive. I still look for online sites that sell DVD Audio discs. I always get excited when a new disc comes out-even now, or some reasonable version thereof.
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Old 11-20-2008   #8
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Originally Posted by CliffH View Post
I have a SONY DVD Player that is a few years old and it is supposed to be able to play SACD's through it's analog 5.1 outputs. My old Pioneer AV receiver did not have these imputs so I never tried AN SACD. I just bought a new Yamaha RXV3900 and Def Tech speakers and it is equiped with 7.1 analog imputs. Are the sacd's worth the extra investment ? Do they generally have surround sound encoded on them? Any info would be appreciated. Do any retail stores carry them or are they just available on-line? Thanks CliffH
Yes, forget retail stores get better prices on line also check out all SACD ever released are on this site
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Old 11-20-2008   #9
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Default SACD is worth it.

if you can sense the relaxed/satisfied feeling that you get from vinyl, you will notice the same with analog and dsd sourced discs. i found that to be true with some reissues of analog material, and on telarc discs too. is a good starting place for you.
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Old 11-21-2008   #10
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Default Re: SACD Worth IT?

I have a modified SONY ES SACD player that is only 2-channel. Frankly, I'm not sure what source I'm really listening to all the time (embedded red book CD, 2-channel SACD, multi-channel somehow processed to 2-channel???). Some SACDs don't refer to 2-channel content, others explicitly refer to it. My modded unit doesn't light up the SACD light no matter what is playing, so I just live in confusion and decided not to worry about it.

In spite of all that confusion, I enjoy SACDs like the Dylan box, the Stones box (to a lesser extent- perhaps we're gilding a lily here), and Dark Side..., etc. Some of these I have as vinyl, CD and SACD. Typically, CD might sound bad while the other formats usually sound good; CD can be fine, though, and I don't play much vinyl any more due to abject laziness and the 12-channel PA and electric piano/synth that are in the way. Might I add that these multiple copies of the same thing were pre-pre-pre-pre-economic collapse purchases? If I hadn't found the used, modded SONY stereo SACD player on the cheap, I might be more clueless... that is debatable, but would not have had as much fun.

I do like the SACDs, whatever I'm really hearing when playing them. I often feel that the remastering is as much a key component to improvements in sound as format changes (listen to the great JVC XRCDs, for example, vs. early, "vintage - hah!" CDs- no comparison), though I certainly (if only partially) understand the benefits that one might expect from DSD, etc.

With what might be the possible death of blue ray, as discussed elsewhere, a universal SACD/DVDA player that upsamples video might be a good compromise for me, but heck, and other online sites already mentioned have all the formats available. You have the player, and I'd try the discs if I were you. What can you lose but a few bucks (or a few hundred on a box set)? You could discover a magic, missing ingredient that brings music alive for you, for whatever reason. If you set it up for two channel output, you won't even spend a fortune on cables while checking things out. I'd start there and keep going to 5.1 if you like what you hear.

I keep my video separate from my audio, though I do listen to concert videos (and watch them too). I often listen to the concerts in "direct mode" rather than in surround sound, however- it is usually better on my video system as a 2-channel experience (I compare a video system that has an old Denon 5.1 DD/DTS recvr to my audio system with separates, 2.1 speaker set-up, all run full range). With movies, anyway, what's to define better? (other than THX, but they don't come over often to calibrate my system or my ears).

Let us know how they sound!
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Old 11-21-2008   #11
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Default Re: SACD Worth IT?

Only if you are into Classical...VERY worth it. The software for the rest of the musical genres is horrible. It 'almost" sounds as good as the best vinyl has to offer for classical and alot of the classical labels have embraced it and the releases are plenty. Maybe they will try the Blo Ray thing where SACD failed in the mass market top 40 whatever but really, that's doomed as a music format too. They may try it anyway though.
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Old 11-21-2008   #12
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Default Re: SACD Worth IT?

If you have the time to "really listen", SACD & DVDA are well worth it......too bad it seems the "good" things...HD DVD, DVDA, SACD, Beta, vinyl go the way of the obsolete. Example: DSOTM is not my kind of music but listen to it on SACD and you become a convert!!!!!!!!
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