Originally Posted by Mr.Sneis
Don't some models have digital out to link up with matching receivers? (PQLS/HATS)
Every SACD player I've owned (4 or 5, I guess) has the normal assortment of digital outs, but the SACD layer is copy-protected and is not output via optical or coax.
HDMI output, on the other hand, works great when used with a receiver/preamp with HDMI input and onboard DAC. My home theater/family rig currently has an Oppo BDP-83 (non-SE) that feeds a Marantz SR5005 via HDMI. Sounds fantastic... kind of a toe-tapping mid-fi rig that's perfect for DVDs and casual listening.
Sorry if I'm missing the intent of your post... are you saying that some SACD players allow you to use optical/coax digital outs with the SACD layer under certain circumstances? If so, I am not personally aware of them.