Originally Posted by Kal Rubinson
I had hoped, from the beginning, that SACD would hang on until mch HT systems had penetrated enough of the mass market to make it easily acceptable by many purchasers. Unfortunately, now that there's a decent and growing base of systems that can handle it, SACD is fading away. Sigh.
Looks like you and I had similar (unrealistic) expectations. I am still peeved at Denon since I believe their DenonLink in its various iterations was a check to competition in audio equipment that hirez audio was simply unable to overcome. Everyone knew a copy-protected digital interface was needed to open up digital hirez in the immediate aftermath of Napster and others.
Had Denon adopted Sony's iLink early on as Pioneer did much too late, I believe Pio would have come out earlier to compete and critical mass for iLink would have brought most major manufacturers into digital hirez. With the CP'd link nailed down, the demand for software would have increased (probably modestly - but that would have been OK) as well as exposure to mch audio in forums like these and in the audio review press. From that point, who knows what could have been? As you say, the coming ubiquity of 5.1 and HDMI spells a future for mch audio, but the early forms like SACD/DVD-A look to be relics.
Do you have any clues what Denon was up to? Why did it fight so hard against iLink? There was NEVER any chance any other manufacturer would have licensed DenonLink and my understanding was Sony was very reasonable from the get-go on providing iLink support. I have never understood Denon's position and have never gotten a response that meets the smell test from anyone in the corporation. Curious...