Originally Posted by bf2008
Hi. I think none of the players in the market output full resolution analogue to avoid people taking copies of these cds. This is what wikipedia says too. 5.1 audio only leaves through encrypted HDMI.
Some sacd discs have stereo dsd, some 5.1 dsd and some also a cd layer. Some have all three too. You think then that the multichannel sacd players only read the 5.1 and they are not capable of reading the stereo one? I guess there must be an option where you choose which layer to read. But anyway, as I said in many occasions, I doubts there's any noticeable difference between the stereo sacd and the stereo cd. Tell us what you think when you go to the shops to audition some players, or when you actually get them.
Thanks to Xenithon to making a good point! I confess I rushed to check out those discs I already have in my amazon.com wish list against the sa-cd.net database. I was relieved to see they all have either both Stereo and Multichannel or Stereo only SACD layer. Further, it was not uncommon for reviewers there to prefer Stereo SACD layer over the Multichannel one. I indulged in some browsing - wow, even more of my favorite artists are available on SACD!.. Sure, some of those discs are pricey, $30 and up, but many are under $20. I saw only one disc that was Multichannel only (according to the database entry), I was one of those movie scores recorded by E.Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops. You guys know any more Mutichannel-only SACDs?..
So am sticking with my choice, Marantz SA8001. My budget is limited yet I want to enjoy high quality, realistic, non-fatiguing music. Looks like I can achieve this with headphones but not with speakers. Those surround speaker sets that sell for a few hundred bucks do not sound good to me playing music - movies fine, but not music. I understand I would have to spend several thousand $$ for speakers only - well, at least a couple grand, for a 5.1 speaker set. Maybe later...
bf2008, yes indeed, you and I seem to have different objectives (don't know about tastes
). Nice homework on all things SACD, BTW!.. If I understand right, you want a versatile setup that will play all disc formats, and if I remember right from another thread here, you were also wanting to make it a part of your blu ray setup, no?.. Sorry if I'm mixing it up. What I want at this point is a good source, iPod being all I have now (recharging sucks...). I seriously considered the computer-DAC way, but it appears that won't be cheaper, at the SQ level I am seeking, and I won't be able to play SACDs. I think I can do w/o 5.1 capacity for now, as well as w/o DVD-audio. But I do want my player to be something special. Silly, I know, but perhaps if we accept that quality of music reproduction can be important (not just "the content"), perhaps the looks and feel can also matter? I want something nice to look at and feel when I come from work and find time to listen to some music. It appears, I'll get this with the Marantz SA8001.
I don't know how about your area, I live in Washington, DC suburbs and could not find a place where one could check out higher end HPs, or even a dedicated SACD player. Sure, many places "will order for you"... The good news is, I believe in many cases we can make a reasonable judgement even without first-hand experience.
Anyway, I promise I'll post my impressions once I get the player. Too bad a really meaningful comparison will have to wait still longer - until I add the amp, sometime these Holidays. One of the (secondary) reasons for my choice of the SA8001 player is that it reportedly has an unusually decent HP amp built-in. Since really I enjoy my K701s right out of iPod now, I expect SA8001 alone should be fine for a while.