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Portable SACD?

post #1 of 9
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Is there, or has there ever been, a portable SACD player available? I have a portable DVD player from Panasonic and it plays DVD-Audio too, but I can't recall seeing anything like that for SACD.
post #2 of 9
Wikipedia says

Many 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.
post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by frenchglen View Post

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.

And hi-res sound can come in 2 channel stereo as well. Being a 2 channel stereo guy, that's the way I like my SACD.

Btw, a prototype portable SACD player, looking much like a portable CD player, was shown by Sony but was never marketed.

Personally, I would never take my SACD outside of the house. Heck, I don't even take my CD out of the house. It's all CD-R for me outside.
post #4 of 9
Will the Sony BDP-FX1000 play SACD? If so, I might return the Philips PB9001 I just bought!
post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by Disclord View Post

Is there, or has there ever been, a portable SACD player available? I have a portable DVD player from Panasonic and it plays DVD-Audio too, but I can't recall seeing anything like that for SACD.

Just rip your SACDs to flac or wav files and play them on anything.
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by mlknez View Post

Just rip your SACDs to flac or wav files and play them on anything.

You realize that's much easier said than done, right?
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by sivadselim View Post

You realize that's much easier said than done, right?

Yes
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by frenchglen View Post

Wikipedia says

Many 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.
post #9 of 9
Supposedly Pono, Neil Young's pet Hi-Rez project, was supposed to include a portable player.
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