It doesn't take much to read between the lines of Sony's discontinuation of the TA-P9000ES analog preamplifier
and their introduction of the SCD-XA9000ES SACD player with IEEE1394 digital output at Home Entertainment 2003
. (A similar feature from the DVD-Audio camp has been promised.) Surely, we will at long last be able to have external digital processing and DACs in our preamp or control units. In addition to the freedom to mix and match components, this opens the door to having a single digital component manage bass and channel balance for all sources, and room/speaker correction without redundant redigitization.