SACD Heads for the Mass Market
By David Dritsas
Less than a year ago, Super Audio CD targeted the high-end audiophile—the kind of consumer who considered $6,000 to be an entry-level price for a decent audio system. But that's all changing now. And while the Mark Levinson's of the world are still making high-end SACD audio systems, Sony and Philips, the creators of the format, are attempting to take it to the mass market.
The biggest, and perhaps only, announcement in lower priced SACD came from Sony. At CES, Sony unveiled the SCD-CE775, a $400 five-disc changer that supports another first for the company: multichannel SACD playback.