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Budget SACD Player, Suggestions?

WHAT I WANT IN A PLAYER
* CD, CDR, DVD, & (stereo) SACD compatible
* Optical & analog output
* Video is unimportant
* Single disc

MY RECEIVER/PLAYER
* TEAC AG-H550 (optical, coaxial & L/R analog inputs)
* Panasonic DVD/CD player, connected optically

PLAYERS I'M CONSIDERING
* Yamaha 657 ($220 $=US) & 1500 ($450)
* Denon 1920 ($300)

COMMENTS & QUESTIONS
* I've never connected my current player to my receiver with anything but an optical cable. With SACDs (and, I assume, up-sampled CDs), however, I'll have to use L/R RCA cables -- would I be better off using this connection for CDs, too? I'd still have to use the optical cable for DVDs (so I could use my center channel speaker).

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Re: Budget SACD Player, Suggestions?

Buy a cheap Sony. For about $110 you can get sound that comes close to much more expensive SACD players. Sony has done a good job of bringing down the cost of the SACD chipsets by distributing their use along the entire Sony SACD player line. It is ultimately the amount of chipsets produced which drives the final cost and therefore makes a decent chip available in the far less expensive player. I think you'll find the inexpensive Sony SACD players will give you performance equal to other companies' (who pay royalites to Sony for use of the SACD technology) considerably more expensive players.

Now if only Sony was as aggressive about marketing the SACD discs.

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Uh, ever hear of PHILIPS whom owns teh rights to SACD w/Sony. ...you probably think Sony invented teh CD too? Philips brought it to Sony as a working example, and brought them into teh product, after they had a working model. sony did some of teh error correction for CD. I look at my SACD it says, DSD, etc Trademarks of PHILIPS/Sony. Even the jewelboxes from Cd or SACD are Philips patents. Same for Blu-Ray which was a big mfg consortium to get it marketed....lotsa Philips patents on anything laser optical, Philips who invetend LaserDisc (analog) way back when

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Well, I hope my post and its responses prove useful to someone else -- I just bought a used Adcom GCD700 ($150). I decided I was better off enjoying the music I already own than committing to the SACD format. There appear to be a number of relatively inexpensive SACD players on the market now; as one respondent noted above, Sony makes one for under $200. While this is encouraging, I was dismayed that the HDDVD & BlueRay players I've seen don't support SACD. All in all, I'm pessimistic about the future of SACD -- especially with the simultaneous and more popular "HD" shift.

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Although i am no fan of Sony players i have heard really good comments about a sacd player.probably discontinued now but since you are in the used market...the 940.Don't remember the letters that go before the number but i am sure you will be able to find out.It is quite cheap too.

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DUP, you nit! Did I say Philips didn't share the royalties with Sony? While the history of the jewel box makes for interesting audio flotsam, your story leaves out the all important detail to the thread. Philips doesn't market cheap SACD players. Should you come across a $100 Philips SACD player that can outperform the Sony units, let us know. That was the question, not who co-invented the audio digital disc format.

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Re: Budget SACD Player, Suggestions?

And your points is ... what?

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Sony's budget SACD player: http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHO...ature&var2=

Considering the price, it doesn't look like a bad deal.

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