I've read some Stereophile reviews of early SACD players. SACD sound was fantastic while rebook was not so good. Perhaps player is optimized for SACD playback. Processing for SACD and CD is completely different (different DACs).
Hybrid SACDs or CDs for Redbook Playback
At this point I only play redbook CDs but have been eyeing some of the universal players. Haven't jumped but in the meantime if I'm buying a CD that are currently being issued I don't mind paying more for the SACD because at some point I might have SACD playback. But is the redbook layer on a Hybrid SACD the same as the redbook CD issue of the same title? For example the current Rogers Waters title Amused to Death, is the redbook level on the Hybrid the same as the redbook CD being issued? Audio Fidelity issues gold CDs now for SACD playback but is the same level of care taken on the redbook layer? I guess in general is the redbook look level on SACDs just an after thought?
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