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    Question Explain "SA-CD's"?

    I hear broadcasters on Public Broadcasting Radio Station WNED out of Grand Island N.Y. talk about a new "SA-CD" technology. "SA" short for "second audio"? Not sure but I thought it was mentioned about having a third "middle" track? Unlike stereo there's another track?
    Anyone have first hand experience with this new form of recordings? I'm speculating this is a way for the industry to up the sales of CD for artists? Also, wondering if a SA-CD burner will ever be introduced commercially. I hear the players are out there already?
    Interesting to see how ones work with GPO, JABB, and GSSV would sound using SA-CD.
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    Re: Explain "SA-CD's"?

    I believe it stands for Super Audio. It competes with DVD-Audio format: http://www.dvddemystified.com/dvdfaq.html#3.6.1


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    Re: Explain "SA-CD's"?

    Wow, cool! Thanks for the link!
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    Re: Explain "SA-CD's"?

    Yes, it's "Super Audio CD." And I kind of expect it to go the way of the Betamax VCR. Sound-wise, and sample rate-wise, it is better than CD-quality, although so is the more prevalent DVD format. Can the average consumer of this mp3 generation actually hear a difference? Doubt it, so it therefore becomes a really tough sell, except to maybe the "audiophile" crowd. Destined to go the way of the dinosaurs, IMO.

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    Re: Explain "SA-CD's"?

    Quote Originally Posted by mistahamma
    Yes, it's "Super Audio CD." And I kind of expect it to go the way of the Betamax VCR. Sound-wise, and sample rate-wise, it is better than CD-quality, although so is the more prevalent DVD format. Can the average consumer of this mp3 generation actually hear a difference? Doubt it, so it therefore becomes a really tough sell, except to maybe the "audiophile" crowd. Destined to go the way of the dinosaurs, IMO.

    Jim
    Good point.
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    Re: Explain "SA-CD's"?

    Many Sony DVD players already come equipped with SACD capability. It's the easiest way to get the hardware for the format. There's some software out there but the selection has never been the greatest.

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    Re: Explain "SA-CD's"?

    Quote Originally Posted by mistahamma
    Yes, it's "Super Audio CD." And I kind of expect it to go the way of the Betamax VCR. Sound-wise, and sample rate-wise, it is better than CD-quality, although so is the more prevalent DVD format. Can the average consumer of this mp3 generation actually hear a difference? Doubt it, so it therefore becomes a really tough sell, except to maybe the "audiophile" crowd. Destined to go the way of the dinosaurs, IMO.

    Jim
    You're probably right but I really hope it or DVD Audio stays around. mp3's may be fine for super compressed pop music (pop used very broadly) but they really don't sound very good for classical or jazz acoustic music (especially if you've heard the pieces live). You loose quite a bit with mp3's.

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    Christiaan

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    Re: Explain "SA-CD's"?

    Quote Originally Posted by brilohead
    You're probably right but I really hope it or DVD Audio stays around. mp3's may be fine for super compressed pop music (pop used very broadly) but they really don't sound very good for classical or jazz acoustic music (especially if you've heard the pieces live). You loose quite a bit with mp3's.

    Cheers,

    Christiaan
    Agree with you about the mp3's. The mp3 format leaves a lot to be desired sound-quality wise (it is, however, very convenient for sharing of songs, like GPO compositions, for "casual listening"). Unfortunately, there are a lot of listeners in the hypercompressed IPod generation who really can't tell the difference between a good quality recording and a bad quality recording.

    Jim

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    Re: Explain "SA-CD's"?

    The fact that SACDs are now almost all available as 'hybrids' (meaning that they have two layers - one, the high qulaity SACD layer, and the other a regular cd layer that will play in any regular cd player) is an advantage that helps the format. If there is a disc available as a plain cd and an sacd hybrid, might as well get the latter even if you don't have an SACD player yet (btw, they are usually priced the same anyhow).
    Pioneer makes a spiffy 'universal' player that will play back nearly everything (regular cd, sacd, dvd, dvd-audio, mp3, etc) that is relatively inexpensive and provides good quality playback (sure those $1000 specialist units might be better, but that hardly helps me... ).

    The old RCA Living Stereo series is being reissued in the format at budget price, and you'll be genuinely surprised at what you will hear! (original three track recordings preserved, where available, if you have a multi-channel system).

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    Re: Explain "SA-CD's"?

    Mmm, SACD hybrids are almost always $5 or more expensive at Best Buy. Where do you buy yours that they're the same price?

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