The only real difference that I know is the SCD 1 has balanced outs, silver finish and a few comestic improvements.
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While we're talking about these two components can someone take a stab at this cinerio. I'd like to add one of these components into my system so I can listen to sacd.
The problem is convinecing myself that a Sony SACD player with an SACD disc is going to sound better than my Theta DaViD, Classe DAC-1 combo using a standard redbook disc.
WILL I HERE THE DIFFERENCE!!!
Will the Sony play redbook as good or better than what I have now?
The SCD-1 has two power supplies and balanced outputs.
Yes Glenn SACD is outstanding. I do not know what your other components are but I just received my scd-1 about a week ago and I am amazed at the realizm of SACD; at least at this price point. I am sure the $20,000 redbook players are very good as well but for $3000 this unit is simply amazing.
Upon continued navigating from the 'gon home page, I found a review of the 777ES which notes the differences from the SCD-1. Type in SCD 777ES in the search box on the home page and navigate through to the research this item choice which appears beneath the aution choices. There are multiple reviews of the unit, but the one in the Stereo Times identifies the SCD 1 differences. That information, plus all of the responses here, just about takes care of the question. Reports of listening impression differences seem to be harder to come by.
Glen, they say, and I agree, that redbook cd playback is almost as good as SACD. But of course it all depends on the quality of the recording.
I think the SCD-1 is fantastic for the money. If, per chance, the owner of an SCD-1 did not think that, then it's still a fantastic starting point.
In short, it is quite refined, smooth, warm, dynamic, and tremendously detailed (almost a paradox), and the decay of a note really goes on forever.
Well worth the gamble.