I like DVD-Audio, but in comparison to SACD, I find the need to run a DVD-Audio player with a TV to access on-screen menus a bit cumbersome. Don't get me wrong. It's not like I am going to give up on DVD-Audio, but I've been wondering what is stopping a company from developing a competing format without the video content. Given the maturity of PCM technology, couldn't a company develop a non-video, high-resolution PCM format that might better compete with SACD? I do see a few potential problems with the development of such a format: 1) The need to use Meridian Lossless Packing (MLP) for fitting high-resolution PCM on a 5" optical disc: Note that I am not talking about the DAD format as an alternative to DVD-Audio. For one thing, DADs have video, though one does not have to navigate on-screen menus to play them. Also, DADs are limited to 24/96 PCM stereo. I am talking about a non-video format that could play 24/192 stereo and 24/96 5.1 tracks. If no video were incorporated, it is possible that an encoding scheme like MLP would still be needed. I assume that Meridian has locked the use of their MLP scheme into the DVD-Audio format. Thus, a company would probably have to develop an alternative to MLP for a new format. That could certainly be an impediment to the development of a non-video version of DVD-Audio. 2) The need to find a major record label to back the new format. SACD has Sony Music and DVD-Audio has Warner. Other major labels such as Virgin and Universal have either released titles in one of the new formats or have announced support for them. Thus, there may be no major label around to back yet another high-resolution format. 3) What kind of player would be used to support this format? Since this high-resolution format would be based on PCM and there would be no video requirement, both DVD and audio-only players could support it. So, there is potential flexibility there. In that respect, such a new format could attack SACD and DVD-Audio head-on, though the company(ies) backing the new format would need a focused marketing approach (as with any new product). 4) Can the market support yet another high-resolution audio format when SACD and DVD-Audio still haven't achieved mainstream status? The two current high-resolution audio offerings have yet to establish themselves as mainstream formats, and there is reason to question whether or not a high-resolution format ever will. The CD is ubiquitous, and I don't see the masses wanting to give it up, even for MP3, let alone a high-resolution format. So, a third high-resolution format would have to be considered a risky proposition. On the surface, a non-video, high-resolution, PCM-based audio format as an alternative to DVD-Audio would be attractive, at least to me, but there are many potential issues that could hinder its development. What are your thoughts on the development of such a format? Finally, I have heard a little about 24/96 DTS coming down the pike. I assume that this format will offer video, so frankly, I am not sure how it will differ from DVD-Audio from a user-interface and sound standpoint. Do we really need 24/96 DTS? I guess the answer could be a resounding yes if this new format can offer some quality software not available on SACD and DVD-Audio. Still, from a technical and ergonomic standpoint, what will 24/96 DTS really bring to the table?