All you guys with SACDs making me jealous!

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  1. Khoa Tran

    Khoa Tran Supporting Actor

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    I have a mi-fi system with CD and MP3 only capabilities in my bedroom...i know i'm missing out alot with SACD because i've heard it at a local shop but is it worth myself getting into SACD when i only have 2ch stereo? I don't have much room in here to add anymore speakers...so should i just stick to redbook? Thanks guys
     
  2. KeithH

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    Khoa, with a good (not necessarily expensive) system, SACD in stereo can sound much better than CD. I have surround-sound capability, but I listen to SACD and DVD-Audio in stereo almost exclusively. I much prefer stereo, and SACD and DVD-Audio generally sound wonderful in stereo. I say generally because as with any format, there are some duds on SACD and DVD-Audio that either suffer from poor-quality master tapes or poor mastering.

    If you want to break into SACD, might I suggest you get a universal player that gives you DVD-Audio as well? You didn't state a budget, but the cheapest non-DVD SACD player available now is the Sony SCD-C222ES changer at $500 retail and $350 from authorized mail-order dealers. The 'C222ES is a great player (do a search on the hardware board), but there are cheaper options if that is a factor. Take a look at the Pioneer DV-563A universal player for $180. If DVD-Audio isn't a draw for you, also look at the Sony DVP-NS755V DVD/SACD player. It sells for $250. For more information on the 'C222ES, '563A, and 'NS755V, go to www.crutchfield.com .
     
  3. Jerry Klawiter

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    Khoa,
    Yes Stereo SACD can be worth it.
    But just like redbook, some recordings are not so good.
    I have collected well over 250-300 disc's now.
    The only thing I hate is having to take the time filling trays of my Sony 222ES five disc changer & ns900V.(I'm to lazy to mess with the jewel cases all the time)
    If your in the market for a new player,
    Sony has some new combo DVD/SACD 400 disc changers due out
    this summer, msrp will be about $400.
    They also have a few other ES-non ES players due out.
    I just hope they maintain quality SACD playback in that $400
    non ES changer.
    If it's as good as my ns900V, it will be worth it for our use.
    Jerry
     
  4. Khoa Tran

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    Right now i'm using PSB stratus minis with the c320bee....i don't think NAD makes an SACD player because i really want to use my remote for both the amp and cd player, i hate having multiple remotes. I'll think about it, maybe ask my dealer to lone me an sacd player and try it out for size. [​IMG]
     
  5. Rachael B

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    Khoa, I'd be into SACD even if there was no M/C. Stereo is my staple. I dabble with M/C in my theatre but like Keith most of my SACD listening is stereo. There's no substitute for better sources and source components thusly. Best wishes![​IMG]
     
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    Lewis, what's the old adage? Garbage in, garbage out! The new one is SACD in, sweet muse out. [​IMG]

    P.S. - I'm intrested in M/C but I don't think the thang is quite perfected yet, but it's improving.
     
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    Multi-channel certainly does sound wonderful. But don't worry too much about 2-channel. I couldn't tell the difference between 2-channel SACD and redbook CD on my high-end system. I decided to stick with redbook CD.
     
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    Lewis, I've had some artistic objections but my main objection is technical. As far as I'm concerned until there are digital connections for M/C music it's not perfected. One ultra expensive Pioneer reciever and the 47Ai don't count! The technology has to be available to everyone. We're living in the stone age of M/C presently.

    Using one musty, old Miles Davis album as your example ain't cricket. When you compare newer, better recordings, SACD will win against CD a very large percentage of the time. SACD competes well against vinyl in my experience. Short records with wide grooves can beat SACD but longer records can't always when I've compared.

    I've got KIND OF BLUE too. Sound quality-wise it's nothig to get excited about. Performance-wise is another story. BTW, I've never had a CD of it. I bought the SACD because my record of it was getting rather worn, and because at the point it came out I was hungry for SACD's to test drive. Best wishes![​IMG]
     
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    :b Lewis, my brain go stuck on the wrong BLUE THANG! I haven't got that Coltrane yet, but my example was fair. It might work with BLUE TRAIN too. Before I moved last fall, I was playing SACD's on a stereo wih a pair of Paradigm Mini-Monitors and a modest sealed-enclosure Atlantic Technology sub. SACD sounded obviously better on that system same as my bigger system. I don't think you need world beater speakers to hear the advantages of SACD over CD.

    It's my impression that Khoa might be a teenager living at his parent's home...? His system is in his bedroom. I presume he can't have really bad-ass speakers presently...?
    Say Hay Khoa!? [​IMG] SACD improves even modest stereo systems IMO.

    IMO, analog connection for SACD and DVD-A were obsolete the day they were introduced. They only work perfectly well for large, full-range speakers, the type most people don't have most especially in the centre postion. I don't see any tenable arguments to contradict this position. 6 analog connections were not mandated because of any audio advantage.

    Hey Lee, do I get the GOOD AUDIO SEAL OF APPROVAL?[​IMG]

    Best wishes guyz! [​IMG]
     
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    KeithH:

    Thx for the Crutchfield tip re the DV-563A in your post #2. Finally a reasonably priced universal player.

    Is it curious that a relatively noteworthy player such as this (the first major brand name universal player under $250) that supposedly hits streets July 14 (according to Crutchfield's site) has not been reviewed by SGHT or S&V yet?

    I look forward to Forum feedback on this unit.

    Paul
     
  17. Adrian D

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    I bought the Sony DVP-NS755V DVD/SACD player at BB in the beginning of June. It was on clearance for $190 (normally $250).
    Just a heads-up on it. I know that CC also carries that player, but it hadn't gone on clearance from them yet.
     
  18. Khoa Tran

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    well i have the stratus minis in my room and the goldis in the living room...i could try out both! =)would you still consider these lo-fi?
    testing at a local dealer is unfair, i listened to the new 8200 THX Ultra 2 system with mp3s and it sounds REALLY FREAKING good but i guess that system will make anything sound good...
     
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    Forget the silly speaker argument Khoa! Sorry we started it. That's the way it goes with internet treads sometimes...[​IMG] Did you ever test drive a player?[​IMG]
     
  20. Khoa Tran

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    Not yet, i haven't had the time....my cd rack just fell off the wall...i'm really pissed right now ARGH

    and who said about speaker argument, what? i'm thoroughly confused anyways i don't really care...i just wanted to know if SACD was worth it...
     

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