Originally Posted by Robonaut
Wow, this player looks interesting!
At $1,500, it would be the cheapest SACD player with balanced outs, wouldn't it?
Speaking of which, do we know if they are "true" balanced? (I seem to recall that some components with balanced outs don't have balanced circuitry throughout.)
Also, any idea what chip it is using? Is it a Sony proprietary one?
as with the previous top end sony sacd players I imagine it would be using the proprietary DSD at the heart of it self that all good sacd players tend to have.
good question whether it is a trully balanced design which usually take a fair cost and complexity to implement, the twin power supplies perhaps a bit of a clue that perhaps it is a true balanced design, but a closer look at its innards from a knowledgeable eye that understands those kind of things would be needed I suspect. as kal said though at the kind of lengths and typical environments in a typical domestic installation not likely the balaned bit going to provide any real huge gains.
a real pity it utilises their proprietory sony "hats" system that even pio has dumped in favour of pqls for jitter free over hdmi. makers such as denon not really likely to pay much attention to hats either since they already do their jitter free over denon link. one can only hope hats gets a broader take up othewise something pure limited to those buying sony avrs ...
in build this thing looks a bit on the light side compared to the 9000es of old, wonder whats been left off on it insides apart from the lack of multichannel analog ?