Most people have never heard of either format so expecting it to show up in cars is a little premature. Acura is hoping on the dvd-a bandwagon, but to most people it's a non-issue. Hearing how complicated some dvd-a's are to use, I'm not sure the car is the best place for them.
A lot of people who have bought dvd-a players are not buying tons of discs anyway. They buy a title, and are disappointed with it for some reason. I was with the one I bought. It seems like the more people who buy dvd-a discs, the more people are turned off to them, that's my opinion, anyway. The opposite seems to be true of sacd. Didn't stereophile say equal numbers of sacd and dvd-a players were sold last year? Actually I think they said more dvd-a players were sold last year. Well, I don't see any great demand for the format. People who have the players are sitting on their hands waiting for a good sounding title...
Sure, it would be great if sacd players started showing up in cars, but I don't think it will change anything in the near future even if they did show up in cars. I think surround sound in cars, like Ray said is not the best place for it, anyway.
I think a lot of people on the 'net are hyperventilating over the perceived lack of interest in hi-res audio. They're both new formats, of course they aren't that popular right now most people don't even know what they are. We happen to be on the forefront of new technology here, we are WAY ahead of the mass market, enjoy it LOL
I can't help but think of HDTV when I think of hi-res right now. HDTV has been around for about a decade in America, right? Well it's just now becoming popular. People need some perspective on this whole thing. The pieces need to be put in place, companies need to see reactions to each format, things will start happening eventually. SACD ain't going anywhere but up. Dvd-a, I'm not so sure about. If Warner really does get out of it, IMO, dvd-a will simply whither away.
Think of sacd's popularity as a slow moving shockwave. People who hear it are amazed, but not a lot of people ARE hearing it yet. That will change. Remember when HDTV sets cost $20k? I do. lol
People need to take a step back and look at the BIG PICTURE. 2 channel is not going anywhere. Mass acceptance of 5.1 audio is years away. I remember a few people (mostly women) I knew back when dvd-v came out, said 'it looks like vhs' now it was much easier to use, so it caught on even with them. When sacd becomes cheaper and easier to use, it will pick up more steam. Even into the car.
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