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I understood that the cheaper $800 SACD player will be introduced, as well, and had given my dealer a pre-order for it. But the idea of a combo DVD/player is big news, if you ask me.
Furthermore, while the retail is $1500, the street price will be probably more like $1000, as it was for the 7700 reference player.
As for competing with DVD Audio, I think it will help enormously in that contest. First it's a better format, and second, you don't need a separate player in your HT system to play those awesome sounding SACDs. It's brilliant, if you ask em.
I know some will whine that it's not 5.1 SACD, but those people don't appreciate the musical achievement that 2 channel SACD is and weren't interested in the format to begin with. And a surround SACD format isn't ready now, anyway. When it is, they'll get their 5.1 or 6.1 or 7.1 SACD and they can be happy, too.
My 2.1 cents.