SACD and DVD-A pinned their futures to the hope that there was a market for 5.1-channel music, and flopped. Now Blu-ray is making an even feebler attempt.
Ten years ago SACD and DVD-Audio were hailed as the next big things. Everyone thought multichannel music would soon replace stereo, but stereo's still here and 5.1 music is nearly extinct.
Marantz' new UD9004 "universal" spinner handles Blu-ray, CD, SACD, and DVD-Audio discs. Home Entertainment magazine's Richard Ames says its sound is "incredibly lifelike."
If you want to hear how good digital audio can sound check out Oppo's latest universal Blu-ray player, the BDP-83.
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Oppo doesn't claim any audio performance advantages for its new BDP-83 Special Edition Blu-ray Disc Player over the standard BDP-83--if you use the new player's HDMI output. It's ideal for buyers who still have receivers lacking HDMI connectivity.
Does the better format always win? Does Blu-ray stand a chance? The Audiophiliac thinks not.
Audiophile poll on Stereophile.com website says its all over for the two high-resolution formats.
Many, but not all, audiophiles are hard-core vinyl devotees, some are perfectly happy with FLAC files, and millions groove to iTunes. What's your choice?
Music surround formats never really caught on, and now the appeal of listening to five or more speakers for movies is fading fast.