Originally Posted by Bill Mac
Thats too bad as you will be missing out on some very good music on 2CH and MCH SACDs. I can play MCH SACDs with HDMI no problem. So I'm not sure why you think you can not use HDMI for SACD playback. High quality 2CH releases on Bluray would be excellent. But it would be even nicer to have MCH versions of the same recordings as well.
I was unaware HDMI could be use for SACDs. That probably tells you how long it's been since I've considered SACDs.
At one point I've read iLink was the best connection for SACD audio.
I've never understood why there could not be any reasonable dual format players (DVD-A / SACD) players...as I only bought a DVD player that could do DVD-A...only used it a few times for DVD-A.
I ended up buying the SACD of "Dark Side of the Moon" and up to this point heard the regular CD version of it. I figured one day I would have a SACD player and ended up buying a Blu-ray player instead.
My Blu-ray player is the one set up and calibrated with the rest of my system. My DVD-A player is not. Chances are, I will never have my old DVD-A player hooked up again. And chances are, I'll never have a SACD player.
Makes lots of sense to me to have these high resolution releases on Blu-ray only.
It also makes a lot of sense to have one format for high resolution. We've been through it all before.
I'm really tired of it and something has to give.
I will say the thing I can't stand about Blu-ray audio (just like DVD-A) is the video credits BEFORE the music. They can put that stuff anywhere and for one reason or another, they have to slip it in the very beginning. And it would be nice if the audio started from the start of the album...instead of some selected audio used for the INDEX. The music needs to start right up after inserting the disc.
It's bad enough that my Blu-ray player takes a while to turn on. And it's just as bad having to wait for my Blu-ray player to load a disc, and it's triple bad waiting for the music to start because it has all that other stuff in front of the music!
Of course the only high resolution format that avoids all that mess is SACD. Maybe SACD should be available in all Blu-ray players. Or even better yet, make all high resolution discs in the Blu-ray format mastered so the music starts right away.