Thread: Happy New Year everyone!

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Post by Tireguy December 31, 2003 (1 of 4)
2003 was a great your for further development of SACD I can't wait to see what's going to happen in 2004. Its a great time to be a music-lover and audiophile. I appreciate everyones input through this site- Thank you all! Over the last few years I have seen SACD go from unknown to being widely accepted. We are what is making this happen, a special thank you to Stephen for giving us the ability to communicate the latest technology in hardware and software. Happy listening!

Post by Dan Popp January 1, 2004 (2 of 4)
Tireguy said:

Over the last few years I have seen SACD go from unknown to being widely accepted.

Tireguy,
I got some SACDs for Christmas, but I had to do in-depth explanations with all my relatives on what it was, what a "hybrid" disc is, where to find them... in short, my experience is that this is not yet a "widely accepted" format - at least not here in the heartland. Most of those relatives are either too old or too heavily-invested in DVD to care about SACD. If this format doesn't make it past the "audiophile" niche, it can't survive economically. I'm glad it's growing, and I don't mean to denigrate its achievements so far, but I can't agree with you that it's "widely accepted" - yet. Happy New Year to all.

Post by Tireguy January 1, 2004 (3 of 4)
Perhaps I was being a little ambiguous, sacd has gone from the very back dusty corner of Best Buy to the front racks. That is a HUGE step, and it happened this year. Most people are to unaware or just plain don't care, but more and more non-audiophiles are learing of SACD. I concur that SACD is still a niche market, but it is growing rapidly and gaining acceptance outside of the audiophile circle. The free samlple SACD that came with Rolling Stone magazine "Top 500 Albums of all Time" issue is yet another huge break through. SACD clearly does not have the following of Redbook cd's but in the few short years they have been out they've made more progress then the redbook cd did in its infancy- and that is worth taking note of.

Post by Dan Popp January 1, 2004 (4 of 4)
Tireguy said:

Perhaps I was being a little ambiguous, sacd has gone from the very back dusty corner of Best Buy to the front racks. That is a HUGE step, and it happened this year. Most people are to unaware or just plain don't care, but more and more non-audiophiles are learing of SACD. I concur that SACD is still a niche market, but it is growing rapidly and gaining acceptance outside of the audiophile circle. The free samlple SACD that came with Rolling Stone magazine "Top 500 Albums of all Time" issue is yet another huge break through. SACD clearly does not have the following of Redbook cd's but in the few short years they have been out they've made more progress then the redbook cd did in its infancy- and that is worth taking note of.

Tireguy,
I have a funny story about the Best Buy SACD section. I went there looking for the Alison Krause Live SACD but it wasn't there. Just to be sure, I checked the regular CD section. Yep, SACD disc in the CD section. 8-)

SACD may be doing better than CDA so far; but I'm worried that DVD may choke it. We saw how VHS killed Betamax. PCs have 90 or 95% of the home computer market, while more worthy competitors occupy back corners and landfills. It seems so often that the inferior format wins. CD didn't really have that problem to contend with, if memory serves me.

I very much hope that you're right and that SACD soon rules the world. I think Hybrid discs are a good way to accomplish that.

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