Upcoming Panasonic SA-XR57 w/ HDMI v1.2

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  1. Danny Tse

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    Panasonic's SA-XR series of Class D-powered home theater receivers have been causing quite a stir in recent years. Panasonic is set to introduce a new receiver next month, the SA-XR57, and its owner's manual just came online. Surprisingly, this receiver sports HDMI v1.2 inputs, which will allow SACD to use one single HDMI cable to pass through its hi-rez signal.

    Is Sony readying a line of SACD-capable players with HDMI v1.2?

    Here's the owner's manual to the SA-XR57. Check out the specs on page 37.
     
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    What I cannot believe is that it only has a "SINGLE" HDMI in!

    What were they thinking.........[​IMG]
     
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    I know! doh.

    they were probably thinking "one is an improvement over XR55"
     
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    I sure wish they would give the Panny a lil more power also.
     
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    I was just about ready to pick up an XR55 but now im not sure. I think the ability to connect DVD-Audio over HDMI makes it worth it.
     
  7. FeisalK

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    the HDMI 1.2 specs also allow for DSD/SACD, but no one is sure if the new Panny will decode it (if it uses TI's Aureus DSP chips, then it should be able to)
     
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    Unless they've changed their minds, two years ago a Panasonic representative told Highfidelityreview.com Panasonic would never sell an sacd-related product.

    This is not surprising since Panasonic was responsible for most of the R&D for the hardware for the dvd-audio format.

    For the same basic reasons, I also never expect Sony or Philips to ever sell a dvd-audio capable player.

    And the way sales of sacd and dvd-audio are going, this is now almost a purely academic matter. [​IMG] And IMO on the practical side, the lack of a standradized bass management scheme for either format severely reduced their appeal for many people.

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    Off-topic FYI: I have noticed more and more surround music releases on the dvd-video format, most of which are including DTS, DTS-ES or the DTS96/24 format. Along with those, the dvd-video format can also include up to a 96kHz/24bit stereo track which is playable on any standard dvd-video player.

    Here's an example (though it's a bit "old" i.e. from Sep. 2003): though I'm not really into this type of music for regular listening, for loud get-togethers it would be good and frankly I'm curious about its mix which some of its owners say is really aggressive:

    Behind The Decks CD/dvd package

    Amazon had lots of detailed reviews for this just last month but now for some reason they're all gone.

    A guy named Richie Hawtin also has released a 5.1 dvd version of one of his techno albums (released in 2005): DE9: Transitions (samples here).
     

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