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#383908 - 10/09/12 10:28 PM Re: 5-Disc SACD Changer Recommendations [Re: Captain4105]
JohnK Offline
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Lee, I always listen to 2-channel music source material in surround, using DPLII or similar. This releases the surround ambience that was imprisoned in the front channels because there was no place else to put it and sends it to the surrounds where it belongs. When the levels are properly balanced the result may seem relatively subtle, but switching suddenly to straight stereo mode clearly demonstrates the collapse of the sound field toward the front for a less realistic effect.

Commenting on some of your current exploration: the gorgeous Hansen 2d Symphony is a real favorite; Piston's The Incredible Flutist is a must; all of the Vaughan Williams symphonies are loved(two complete sets with Boult and Handley plus individual discs with Bakels, Barbirolli, Haitink, Previn and Slatkin); The Elgar 2d Symphony is his finest work in my view; besides numerous copies of Holst's The Planets, his The Perfect Fool has to be included. One set of American symphonies that is way under the radar, but should be far better known are those by Ned Rorem .

Enjoy the music, not the equipment.

#383919 - 10/10/12 01:40 AM Re: 5-Disc SACD Changer Recommendations [Re: Captain4105]
Captain4105 Offline

Registered: 01/11/09
Posts: 125
Loc: Southern California
Alan and John: Your comments are really helpful. Since I do have a single player that decodes DVD-A and SACD perhaps its best for me to concentrate on first purchasing a surround receiver. I'd really like to try the decoding technologies for CD's of which I have so many.

Alan, I have played Belshazzar's Feast before (literally) so I am very familiar with the work and have two great recordings. John I'm very much enjoying Previn's Elgar's 1st & 2nd with a few overtures and marches thrown in. I have the Hansen, but haven't heard it in a while. I also have about 4 of the Vaughn-Williams symphonies (#2 with Bakels and really like it). I think Piston is so very musical as is the Chadwick 2nd and Ives 1st and cleverly conceived 2nd with the traditional New England announcement that the end of the night (end of the piece) has come. His 1st is also very interesting and quite beautiful. His 1st symphony melodies accompany me in thought throughout the day (which drives me crazy). I think I have some Rorem and some Alwyn and others that I had given to me and a Corigliano symphony. In time I will get to them. In any case, I think I should concentrate on a surround receiver rather than a changer inasmuch as I do have the means to play all my discs as they were meant to be heard.

#384018 - 10/11/12 01:36 PM Re: 5-Disc SACD Changer Recommendations [Re: Captain4105]
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I posted this a couple of months ago that might help in your search:

Yesterday I happened to check out one of our local Mom & Pop AV stores. I found a new, long discontinued Denon DVM 2845CI 5 Disc Changer sitting on the shelf waiting patiently for a new home. It plays multiple formats. The sticker price was $550 CAN & without any whining or snivelling on my part, the proprietor offered it to me for $200 just to finally unload it. Last night I checked it out on the net & it seemed to be a very good product with great sound quality. After seeing that Dak-Mart in the US has refurbished units for $270 US, it was a no brainer.

TAM (exMajor, ha!)

#384048 - 10/12/12 01:23 PM Re: 5-Disc SACD Changer Recommendations [Re: Captain4105]
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I just checked DAKMART. They still have Denon factory refurbs with 1 year warranty for $269. This is still a good buy considering that this machine originally listed at $500 or so.

The pickings for dedicated SACD players is pretty slim. I'm really happy with mine that I use exclusively for SACD (2 channel) in a 2.1 audio only system. Info here:


#384049 - 10/12/12 01:32 PM Re: 5-Disc SACD Changer Recommendations [Re: Captain4105]
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Note that you probably can't play SACD over HDMI on that unit, so be ready with your six RCA cables.
I am the Doctor, and THIS... is my SPOON!

#384086 - 10/13/12 01:32 PM Re: 5-Disc SACD Changer Recommendations [Re: Captain4105]
michael_d Offline

Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 4114
Loc: Up yonder
I have been using an Integra DPC 8.5 for a few years. If HDMI is not important to you, the 8.5 has performed flawlessly, and it is pretty quick. You may be able to find one on Ebay??

#384088 - 10/13/12 01:58 PM Re: 5-Disc SACD Changer Recommendations [Re: Captain4105]
exlabdriver Offline

Registered: 09/07/11
Posts: 1529

Correct - no HDMI output for SACD on the Denon that was released some time ago - in 2007. I use only the 2 Channel RCA Audio Outputs to my audio only tube amp - perfect for me. For surround to a receiver, a bunch of RCA cables will be required.

The latest inexpensive Sony Blu Ray players (390, 590 & 790) output SACD over HDMI. In fact I'm going to get one to hook into my HT system for surround playback to compliment my PS3 that does not play SACDs; however, they are not the 5-disc changer type.

From what I've seen in the market place, SACD playback is not supported by many manufacturers. It's a shame as there are a ton of SACD discs for sale on the net & more are continually being released. I really like them...


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