An Enhanced Home Audio Experience with SACD Players
Serious audiophiles want the most enjoyable sound experience possible, and when it comes to playing CDs, one of the easiest ways to achieve that is with a Super Audio Compact Disc player. Adding more amplifier channels and surround sound capabilities, you can achieve a more immersive and well-rounded audio experience in the comfort of your own home. Marantz is one company that specializes in Super Audio CD players equipped with high-end digital-to-analog converters and USB ports so you can connect other digital inputs and your computer.
What Is an SACD Player?
Standing for Super Audio Compact Disc player, an SACD player is capable of reading SACD discs, which offer more channels, including surround sound, and longer playing times when compared to regular CDs.
- A Superior Audio CD has exactly the same dimensions as a regular CD, while its density is the same as a DVD, and most commercial releases feature surround sound and stereo mixes on the SACD layer.
- There are generally three types of SACDs—hybrid, single-layer, and dual-layer—with the latter two not compatible with conventional CD players and requiring a dedicated SACD player.
- A Super Audio CD uses two layers and the standardized focal length of conventional CD players, so when you play a disc in the player, the high-resolution layer reflects its laser beam before it can reach the CDs conventional layer.
What Should You Look for When Buying an SACD Player?
One of the most important things to consider when buying any CD player is its digital-to-analog converter (DAC), which converts the encoded 1s and 0s into an analog audio signal that you can then play through your amplifiers speakers. Top-of-the-range players have high-end DACs or may even have separate digital-to-analog converters for the right and left channels for greater accuracy.
- When you want to connect your computer or other digital inputs, make sure the player has at least one USB port, which provides an improved sound quality compared to connecting through the headphone jack.
- A solid build quality is also important, with rigid transports to hold and spin the SACDs, as well as a rugged chassis with large feet for support.
- Keep in mind that some players only play CDs, but when you want it to also be able to play DVDs and Blu-rays, look for a universal player. However, make sure the universal player is compatible with SACDs, as well as regular compact discs, to ensure it can decode the high-resolution audio layer.
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