DVD Audio only at $20
SACD only at $20
Blu-ray Audio only at $20
Any two out of SACD, DVD-A, Blu-ray Audio at $40
All three SACD, DVD-A & Blu-ray Audio at $55
Any one of SACD, DVD-A & Blu-ray Audio plus a few more non surround discs with extras at $100
Others, please mention
I voted for SACD (hybrid). Blue Ray is a pain because one has to turn on the TV and go through the boot-up and all sorts of on-screen logos before getting down to business. DVD-A is more user friendly as the discs can be coaxed into playing without going through an on-screen menu. But I'll take Blue Ray any day if it means getting something like Aqualung in surround!
Last edited by Kal Rubinson; 12-06-2011 at 04:37 PM.
Can you please expound on your statement? I just pop a DVD-A into my deck (Marantz 9600), let the disc start to play, hit "stop," and then hit "play." The 5.1 DVD-A layer then immediately begins to play. No on-screen display is needed in this process. I haven't had the same kind of luck with BR-A.
http://www.pureaudio-bluray.com/), not BD-V.
Second, I just pop one of these in the player, press play/enter and the default format (defined in my player's setup menu) plays.
Third, if I want to change to another format track (or I never set a default), I hit one of the 4 colored buttons on the remote to select what I want to hear.
No OSD needed.
I voted for Blu-Ray-A. Every day, more Blu-Ray players are sold and it appears to be where the market is headed. Blu-Ray-A w/CD would play everywhere, but I don't want to pay extra for a second disc. I have three vehicles. For one person? Yes, don't ask. I can play DVD-A in my convertible. The van will play DVD-V and my winter car only plays CD's. Since I buy so much software, it's not that important to play an individual piece everywhere. I like SACD hybrid because it will play anywhere and I don't have to go through menus or turn on the plasma. Still, DVD-A and Blu-Ray are technically better. To pick anything other than Blu-Ray would be the same mindset as buying a cassette at the introduction of car CD players. Am I that old? Hell, I remember when Quad was just a glimmer in an engineer's eye. In five years, all car players that can still play discs will offer Blu-Ray drives. I can't wait until my whole collection can be uploaded to satellitte. Of course, they'll charge me $50 a month to access all my own software.