Sony Line Show
To its ES line, Sony added the SCD-C222ES to be offered at approximately $800. The player is a five-disc changer that also features multi-channel playback as well as Direct Stream Digital and Super Audio D/A conversion. Following suit with the higher end feel of the ES line, the player includes gold-plated outputs and uses twin laser optics for playing back CD, CD-R and CD-RW.
Both the C222ES and the XE670 will be available in September of this year.
For the first quarter, Sony expects to have about 200 titles in the SACD catalog, including multi-channel recordings. Sony is offering three types of SACD recordings: single-layer discs, which can only be played back on SACD players; hybrid SACD discs, which include a second layer of a normal CD recording for playback on standard CD players; and hybrid multi-channel, which includes both a multi-channel SACD layer and a stereo CD layer.