Is Sony SCD-1 still worth getting?

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  1. Daniel Mai

    Daniel Mai Stunt Coordinator

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    With all the new universal player coming out. How does SACD compare to that of SCD-1? or the SCD-XA777ES?

    Is SCD-1 still the king of the hill or is it old technology?

    I do realized that a stand alone player is likely better than a universal player, but how much better?

    Thanks!
     
  2. KeithH

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    Daniel, didn't you ask this question recently? Maybe it was someone else. Anyway, if you can spend the money on the SCD-1 (used) or an 'XA777ES, get one. They are better with CDs and SACDs then the universal players. The '1, 'XA777ES, and original '777ES are all outstanding components. Note that only the 'XA777ES plays multi-channel SACD tracks. Also, Sony has announced the release of an 'XA9000ES to replace the 'XA777ES in Europe. It may very well come out in the US too.
     
  3. Daniel Mai

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    I asked a similar question on another thread that never got answered.

    How about the 555ES or 333ES, underneath the 1 and 777ES? How would you rank these in order?
     
  4. Jagan Seshadri

    Jagan Seshadri Supporting Actor

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    Something like the SCD-1 is an engineer's dream. Amazing electrical shielding, layout, components, mechanisms, heft. Featurewise, it is a very simple stereo player, but it would do this very well.

    Mind you, a friend of mine got a similarly-made CD player from Sony back in the early 1990s:CDP-X777ES. Sure it's built extremely well (separate analog and digital supplies...wow), but I opted to buy a Panasonic RP-91 DVD/DVD-A/CD player instead of buying that masterful CD machine from my friend. I just couldn't justify the cost of machine that was 'just' a CD player.

    -JNS
     
  5. KeithH

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    Daniel, the 'C333ES and 'C555ES are excellent players, but they are not as good as the '1, '777ES, or 'XA777ES. I have both changers, and to my ears, the 'C555ES is a bit better. Now, I use them in my lower-end stereo system. Perhaps if I moved the 'C333ES to my better system, where there is another 'C555ES, I would find the difference to be greater.
     
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