Do multichannel SACD's mix down to stereo without losing improved sound quality?

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  1. Dave Dahl

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    I am thinking of jumping on the SACD bandwagon. My only concern is that, for now, I only have a two channel amp to hook the player up to and I don't know if multichannel recordings will play correctly.
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    SACD discs will have BOTH multi-channel and stereo mixes, as well as a regular 44.1 mix (I believe) for regular CD players to use.
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    Jeremy,
    The CD compatibility layer is optional, and on current Sony pressings (which is the vast majority of releases) not included.
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    John, I just looked at some SACD's on Crutchfield's site. There were about 5 titles that had a CD layer. All but one of these hybrids was $29.99 instead of the usual $19.95. Best wishes!
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    Rachael,
    Double check the record labels, Sony pricing is supposed to be $19.95 for Stereo, $21.95 for multi-channel and $22.95 for "fully loaded" (Stereo + MC + CD layer).
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    Of course right after I said that, I went and checked [​IMG]
    Audioquest and DMP are record labels for the titles that are $29.95.
    Well now I know I didn't stick my foot in my mouth on this topic [​IMG]
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    John, I ran a search here on the forum and found out about Acoustic Sounds in Kanasas. I went thru their list of SACD's. There are more out than I thought already. They had most Sony titles for $17.99 and they had Chesky, Delos, and a bunch of other small labels. Isaw quite a few intresting jazz titles. SACD is pulling away from DVD-A in titles it seems. Although I picked up an intresting DVD-A title today. I got a Boz Scaggs package with two discs, the CD and the DVD-A. It was only a few dollars more than the CD alone. Best wishes!
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