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SACD effectively replaced reel-to-reel as a high end source. It has survived and will continue to survive as a niche format mostly for classical and jazz. There Re enough purchasers for it to survive and there are quite a few quality players on the market. Last time I checked, there are more than 6,000 titles and more continue to be released. SACD will never be a mainstream format, but reel survived for decades as a specialty format. I think SACD will be the same.

I've been buying SACDs for nearly four years and have been very pleased with the format. I love jazz and classical and have been able to find lots and lots of wonderful discs. I also love rock and classic/alt.country, and have been able to find most of what I love on vinyl. So, between SACD and vinyl, I'm able to get hi-rez versions of pretty much anything I want to listen to.

DVD-A is not in good shape. There's only a trickle of releases and it never found a niche. I have a DVD-A player and a couple dozen discs, but it's a shame how it turned out. DVD-A sounds wonderful.

Curiously, a lot of SACDs have gone OOP. Prices on them have shot up - which indicates that there is some demand for the format. Going by eBay prices, my SACD collection is worth quite a bit more than what I paid for it. You can't say that about most formats. I'll keep buying SACD as long as I can. I make a point of buying one a week, sometimes two or three.

Eventually, I'll move all the Red Book and DVD-A to the computer, and just keep my SACDs and vinyl handy. I have yet to bite on reel, but it is tempting.