As I mentioned over in the Vintage Speakers forum, I was looking for a midrange ($400-800) CD player, but after doing a bunch of reading here, at Audiogon, and AudioAsylum, it's apparent that there's a LOT of research I need to do before I drop a bunch of dough on a CD player, tube or otherwise... So I decided to pick up an inexpensive player to tide me over and ease me into the world of SACD (I've had a bunch of DVD-A discs for quite some time, but have never tried SACD).
I had one of those 12%-off coupons for Best Buy this weekend, so after work today I stopped by and ordered a Sony SCD-CE595 (they were out of stock; I should have it Friday). Pricematched to Circuit City - 12% = $117. Hard to go wrong at that price. The reports here are quite glowing about the player.
Interesting how some people report that SACDs are the same price as regular CDs in their area. Not in this town. Using Best Buy as a ruler, regular CDs are $12.99-15.99, DVD-A are $14.99-18.99, and SACD are $16.99-21.99. Not even close. :(
Maybe I'm missing something, but it seemed that ALL of the SACDs at BB were of the single-layer variety. They almost all appeared to be of two series (pictured below). The top type looking "older" (cardboard sleeve) than the one below (plastic sleeve). Are either of these what you are referring to? I did notice that Toto IV was available in both types.Originally posted by therockman
That said, the big scoop in SACD collecting are the very original Sony single layer SACD titles. These original Sony SACD releases are all very awesome sounding and they all represent the state-of-the-art in mastering techniques and high rez audio reproduction. Of course these original Sony titles are all most all stereo only and they are ALL SINGLE LAYER SACDs, they can not be played on a CD player. There are a couple of original Sony SACDs with a 5.1 mix, but that is not the selling point of these titles. The selling point of these titles is the fact that they are flat transfers from the original master tapes and represent the highest quality DSD music reproduction.
There are over 100 of these old original Sony single layer SACDs and they are all so clean and beautieful sounding that you will play them over and over. These discs have been out of print since 2000, so they are all very collectable and they are becoming harder and harder to find and they are going up in price. My favorite of these Sony SACDs is THE BANGLES GREATEST HITS. You will never believe that recorded music could sound this good.
I picked up the following to get me started:
Pink Floyd - DSOTM
Journey - Escape (cardboard sleeve, stereo)
Journey - Arrival (cardboard sleeve, stereo)
Journey - Greatest Hits (plastic sleeve, stereo)
Dave Brubeck - Time Out (plastic sleeve, multichannel)
Toto - IV (plastic sleeve, multichannel)
Toto - Hydra (cardboard sleeve, stereo)
Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell (plastic sleeve, multichannel)
Is an extended burn-in recommended for the player before starting to critique?