I was thinking... ((Disclaimer: I own a SACD player and like the format)) First, Sony says SACD has an intrinsic advantage over DVD-A: hybrid discs. You can still buy the music you like, and move to a higher level of performance later on by buying a SACD player. Meanwhile, the fidelity will already be higher by using SBM on the DSD to produce the 44.1/16 mix. Hooray! Then, players appear. People can't justify spending thousands of dollars to play stereo-only mixes of the (supposedly) multichannel music they are expecting to listen to. Later on, it's pretty obvious Sony has no intention whatsoever of producing hybrid discs - correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think they have ever released a hybrid discs themselves. Every Sony / Columbia disc I own is a single layer version. To add insult to injury, they don't even create the CD layer from the remastered SACD one - as it has been widely reported, DSOTM's CD layer is different from the SACD one - and it has clipping and compression applied. Nice way to treat those cheap people who didn't pay for a real SACD player, I guess. AND THEN, they allow plants like Crest to keep pressing cracked discs when they DO press hybrids. Nice going, Sony. I guess you want to kill SACD waaay faster than you killed Betamax and MD.