New Sony SACD discman to be released!!
Apr 1, 2002 at 9:42 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 24

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check it out! i just got this email from my buddy who works in the home theater showroom at the seattle design center:

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My sony rep just gave us a product rundown for 2003, and this item caught my eye--I know you're into this stuff. Sony is releasing the worlds first SACD portable player, although not in the US. It is supposed to retail for about 100,000 yen when it is released on 3/31/03. Here are some specs from the presentation he gave:

D-SA888 SACD Walkman

Plays Super Audio Compact Discs and Compact Discs

New Direct Stream Digital (DSD) encoding eliminates the distortions of decimation and interpolation filters

G-ProtectionTM Ultimate Skip Protection

Slide-In Disc Loading Mechanism

CD-Text Compatible LCD Remote Controller with New Luminous BackglowTM Display

CD-Size Case with Lightweight Magnesium Die-Cast Chassis

MD Link Optical Output

Dual DiscreteTM optical block with one laser optimized for SACD, another dedicated to CD

Twin fixed pickup laser tracking assembly

Accurate Complementary Pulse Density Modulation (ACP) system for SACD playback

S-TACT Synchronous Time Accuracy Controller reduces clock noise, minimizes jitter

8-output Current Pulse D/A Converter


here's the link to the press release (it's loading really slow right now):
http://www.sel.sony.com/SEL/corpcomm/news/consumer/

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but he also said there will be a cheaper line of sacd discman in bright colors geared towards teens that will also play low bitrate mp3s. in any case, this is great news, right?
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Apr 1, 2002 at 9:48 PM Post #2 of 24

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It sounds great, as long as they use better head-amps than their current crop of players... If it were to be an E905/D777 SACD hybrid... i'd be the first in the queue
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Apr 1, 2002 at 11:02 PM Post #3 of 24

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I could care less...........there's gonna be a line-out, since Sony always has MD links doing double duty as line-outs!

AT LAST! ME HAPPY!

This really is *great* news.

too bad it's april 1st and I trust none of ye......
 
Apr 1, 2002 at 11:46 PM Post #4 of 24

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Happy April Fools!!!
 
Apr 2, 2002 at 2:24 AM Post #6 of 24

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well, at least i fooled duncan and coolvij.
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he also said there will be a cheaper line of sacd discman in bright colors geared towards teens that will also play low bitrate mp3s


that line was the giveaway.

anyway, happy april fool's day everyone!
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Apr 2, 2002 at 12:06 PM Post #7 of 24

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Nice try, didn't work on me.

I personally don't see any point of developing portable SACDP.
Just think of the anti skip compression (not to talk about the headamp). Why on earth bother with decoding SACDs just to stuff everything in a buffer with lower bitrate than an ordinary CD.
 
Apr 2, 2002 at 12:24 PM Post #8 of 24

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Well there are PCDPs with 10s linear antishock, double that buffer and you can have 5s linear antishock for SACDs at a stretch (or something like that
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Anyway, I think a pSACDp would help proliferate the format if and when it comes out.
 
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Well, actually Joe if I remember correctly the data rate of an SACD is more like 5-6 times that of an 16/44.1. This means that with these bufferes you'll have something like 1.5-2 sec. uncompressed memory which is pretty useless in most practical situations.
 
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Hey I'm not off by that much! I said *double* the buffer... and you'd get 3 sec. something if the bitrate is 5-6 times that of CD as you say
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Well you can always make the buffer bigger

Besides what does it matter if you're really walking around~

In that case compressing down to CD level bitrate would be quite acceptable--use linear antishock only when you're hardly moving and the environment is quiet
 
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Well you can always make the buffer bigger

Besides what does it matter if you're really walking around~

In that case compressing down to CD level bitrate would be quite acceptable--use linear antishock only when you're hardly moving and the environment is quiet


Which equals a normal CD portable with 10 sec linear anti skip, i.e. again why bother with SACD.
Also, there is always the question of the headamp and the rest of the analog part.
Finally, there will be only 0.1% of the users or so that will bother to get good enough phones to take advantage of the better sound quality.

All in all, not worth it IMO.
 
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you didn't get me!!!

I had a disclaimer right in there......

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too bad it's april 1st and I trust none of ye......


 

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