SACD (Super-Audio CD)

5 years agoOpen For Voting

I remember Rolling Stone magazine sending out a music sampler of SACDs to all of their subscribers with iconic songs in the digitally remastered SACD format. It included songs like “Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith, “Head Hunter,” by Herbie Hancock, and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John.

However CD players that could play the SACD format in their surround-remastered format (and through a truly surround sound speaker arrangement) to gain a true experience were prohibitively expensive in their time unless for the elite audiophile….
From wiki:
“Super Audio CD (SACD) is a read-only optical disc for audio storage, introduced in 1999. It was developed jointly by Sony and Philips Electronics, and intended to be the successor to their Compact Disc (CD) format. While the SACD format can offer more channels (e.g. surround sound), and a longer playing time than CD, research published in 2007 found no significant difference in audio quality between SACD and standard CD at ordinary volume levels.[1]

Having made little impact in the consumer audio market, by 2007, SACD was deemed to be a failure by the press.[2] A small market for SACD has remained, serving the audiophile community.[3] “