Another sign SACD is dying

I went to Best Buy to purchase some SACDs and after searching for the special section containing sacds and xrcds without success, I asked the salesman where they were. He informed me that they were all removed since dual disc is now the rage. WOW!
i have worked in product developement for several 'big' indies for the last decade. i also have friends at uni wea, and sony.... its outa here. the focus is all on upgrading(milking)number51 redbook and the internet.
So Jaybo what's the outlook for redbook? Sales going up? Or is that dying too, and where's the thread about redbook dying?

just wondering.
JAYBO...thanks for your info.I don't question that you have heard this from Industry insiders.I just wish we had more definitive info. from other sources...certainly companies that produce SACD frontends would also have access to info. regarding future SACD releases or lack of them.and yet they continue to invest in R&D and market new SACD players. ???
I love sacd. I even love the rounded jewellery case -prevents me from poking my eyes out and provokes my non audiophile friends into conversation. When expecting guests, I'll scatter them about.
Audiophiles are pretty much the only ones to buy sacd, wouldn't you agree? Most people buy a regular c.d. player, (unless they bought an sacd player by accident) buy regular c.d's and 'that's good enough for them'. They are satisfied. They really don't care. Example, a buddy of mine (I stress only a buddy) exclaimed "What's wrong with my $100 c.d.player? It sounds as good as yours" (Oh, that's also $100 cdn., too) The source? Sony SCD-1. The sacd? Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon. What a muppet! I swear he reminded me of the monkeys at the beginning of Stanley Kubriks 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Let's face it -audiophiles are a rare breed and most other people are probably more visually inclined than aurally. Perhaps if sacd looked different, the masses would catch on. And, to the audiophiles that claim it is dying (again, I don't think it will ever be mainstream but I don't think it will die, at least not as long as people are willing to pay $30,000 for 'a stereo') I think it's just a sense of pouty arrogance. You know, "...oh, nothing they can ever come up with will please us..."
Just my 2 cents worth.
October 28th 2005

News from Sony’s Super Audio CD Business Centre in Japan indicates that the format continues to grow and attract new supporters. Analysts highlight a global trend linking increased demand for SA-CD compatible players with people investing in HD ready home theatre systems. “Super Audio CD is established as the hi-res package medium in the HiFi audio market,” commented Yushi Igarashi, Project Manager, Sony Audio Group’s Super Audio CD Project. “There are over 10 million players in circulation worldwide and the rapid growth in home theatre systems sales is the single largest factor boosting hardware sales.”

There are more than 30 manufacturers worldwide developing Super Audio CD playback capabilities in their consumer equipment. In total there are over 150 different models offering the broadest range of price points and model types from HiFi components to combination DVD-Video players, home theatre systems and a new generation of Integrated Digital Televisions. The launch next year of Sony’s PlayStation 3, complete with Super Audio CD playback capabilities, is predicted to create another boost in Super Audio CD sales. Market growth estimates indicate that Super Audio CD hardware sales are increasing at their fastest rate ever since the format’s introduction in 1999. Equipment manufacturers include a strong combination of AV brands, such as Philips, Pioneer, Sharp, Denon, Yamaha and Onkyo as well as leading audiophile developers, including Accuphase, Linn, Classe, Esoteric, dCS and EMM.

On the software side growth in Super Audio CD releases remains strong with an average of 250 new albums being released each quarter since September 2003. At the end of September 2005 there were 3,288 Super Audio CD titles listed on leading website The biggest contributor to new Super Audio CD releases is the independent sector with record labels such as Telarc (137), Pentatone (84) and Octavia (84) supporting large and growing Super Audio CD catalogues. Also, the multinationals reflect this growth with SonyBMG (663), UMG (451) and EMI (72) looking to develop their hi-res catalogues.

2004 saw more than 1000 new album titles released on SA-CD and at the same time replication volumes continue to grow, year on year. Growth has been strongest in the jazz and classical sectors, which together account for 63 per cent of all SA-CD releases as well as being the strongest sector in hardware sales. “Jazz and classical music lovers have been the first to recognise and appreciate the added value that Super Audio CD offers to their home listening,” explained Yushi Igarashi. “Traditionally, these two sectors represent some of the most discerning consumers and they have recognised the long-term potential that Super Audio CD offers, particularly in a High Definition home entertainment environment. As we progress further into the HD era we are confident that Super
Audio CD will become a cornerstone in home entertainment – the audio equivalent of HDTV.”