Published On: October 9, 2013

Super Audio Compact Disc (SACD) Player

Published On: October 9, 2013

Super Audio Compact Disc (SACD) Player

SACD players play Super Audio CDs (SACDs) and convert their digital audio (DSD) into either stereo or 5.1 music signals. There are single-disc SACD players, as well as five-disc SACD changers. SACD players can be stereo-only or multi-channel SACD...

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SACD players play Super Audio CDs (SACDs) and convert their digital audio (DSD) into either stereo or 5.1 music signals. There are single-disc SACD players, as well as five-disc SACD changers. SACD players can be stereo-only or multi-channel SACD players have 5.1 audio outputs.

Audiophiles today still cling onto SACD as a format and invest in SACD players, despite the format's death in mainstream music and audio. SACD continues to represent about as good a sound as a consumer can find in the marketplace today and some boutique labels (Linn Records, Chesky, Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs) and others still sell music on SACD.

The main competitor in the high-rez disc market was DVD-Audio which used Meridian Lossless Packing.

Most high-end SACD players were stereo. Modern universal players play both SACD and DVD-Audio, and usually Blu-ray.

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HomeTheaterReview.com's SACD player reviews include:

Marantz SA-KI-Pearl SACD player
Krell Evolution 505 CD/SACD player
Marantz SA-15S1 SACD player
Oppo BDP-83 Special Edition universal player
Cambridge Audio Azur 650BD Blu-ray/universal player

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