Originally Posted by frenchglen
Wikipedia saysMany other vendors
[apart from Sony] offer SACD playback
capabilities in their product lines, although none has offered
a portable Walkman-style SACD player capable of playing the
high definition layer of an SACD. Most portable CD players will
play the conventional CD layer of a Hybrid SACD.
Not sure what the point would be though. SACD is all about hi-res sound, so the only purpose I'd see is taking it to a friend's house and playing an SACD disc in their surround system - not really what portable is supposed to mean, and I think it'd be a bit embarrassing for Sony to market such a device.
What if you have a high-quality headset? Then if such a player exists, you'd get the most out of it. I can't believe Sony, Philips, Pioneer, Yamaha, etc. ever thought of that!
Of course, if a Blu-ray music format with 192 KHz, 24-bit PCM is released that uses the same parameters for video playback, then we'd be able to achieve similar results with the players such as the Sony BDP-SX910, which Sony seems to have continued making this year. Although, it would be cool if they added SACD o a successor.