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SCD-XA777ES versus XA5400ES

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by NLESFan » Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:21 pm

Pretty much as the subject line describes: I'm torn between the two. However I think i prefer the option of analogue outputs for MCH SACD of the 777 versus HDMI only with the 5400. I have a DA4ES receiver that I dearly love, paired up with my SCD-C555ES changer. I've always wanted the transport quality of a single disc player.

I don't intend to replace the 4ES(over 7 years of fantastic operation) anytime soon so MCH is not an option if i buy a 5400ES. If i become convinced that the sound quality of the XA5400 for MCH is significantly greater than a mint, used XA777 through analogues than I'll bite the bullet and buy a new player and AVR.

I know that this topic has been hashed out, in part, many times before but I'd appreciate some quick but thoughtful advice.

Many thanks for reading!
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by mhedges » Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:34 am

I think I would just stick with the setup you have, given that SACD is a dead format :-(



Sorry!



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by jehill » Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:32 pm

Interestingly enough, all recent model Sony Blu-Ray player can playback SACD.
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by argouser005 » Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:53 pm

...and ALL Sony PS2 and PS3 consoles play SACD's too!
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by NLESFan » Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:21 pm

It may be a dead format to the mass consumer market but I believe it is very much alive for some. I have a decent collection of Stereo and MCH SACDs and can honestly claim that no media I've ever heard sounds better(to me)!

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by NLESFan » Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:22 pm

It may be a dead format to the mass consumer market but I believe it is very much alive for some. I have a decent collection of Stereo and MCH SACDs and can honestly claim that no media I've ever heard sounds better(to me)!

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by NLESFan » Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:42 pm

Sorry about the double post!

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by sterling1 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 6:27 am

I wanted a 777 but it just never happened, although I was prepared for it, purchasing a TA-P9000ES  in anticipation of getting a 777. At any rate, I too bypassed the 5400ES, since I have no HDMI inputs. Today, I still enjoy stereo SACD from my DVP-S9000ES; and, for multi-channel BD, I use the TA-P9000ES. As I understand it, the new OPPO 95 will have analog 7.1 outputs, so, maybe, after all these years I'll be able to enjoy multi-channel SACD too, should I buy one and connect it to the TA-P9000ES. BTW, folks who think SACD is all but over are premature I think in their forecast.

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by mykyll2727 » Fri Feb 11, 2011 6:45 pm

  I too think that mch SACD is the best sounding format I've heard (esp. when played thru iLink). I also feel it will remain for some time as a niche market. I have the original Sony brochure for SACD and it's high end system for it, the SCD/TAE/TAN-1s/SS-M9ED separates. In it Sony mused that SACD would likely be a niche market for serious audiophiles and might not ever catch on with the masses the way CD did. Seems they still feel that way as from much of what I've read it seems the 5400ES will be Sony's last stand-alone SACD player. I'm wondering if Sony plans to replace the SACD with some sort of BluRay type audio disc?

 From what I've been told by some who've made the comparison, analog SACD from a player of the caliber of the XA777ES/9000ES/5400ES sounds better than HDMI from the 5400ES._mykl
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