Isn't your blu-ray player capable of playing SACD's? If so, that's your answer for 6-channel play of SACD's. Then use the 871 for 2-channel only. I had a 861, and I used it for 2-channel. Although I'm into Classical SACD's, and can't speak for Pop or Rock items, all mine are hybrids and all play regular cd playback/stereo SACD/multiple channel SACD. Now whether they are worth buying anymore, some will tell you yes, I personally am not buying more. I have 20 of them, and I find my regular cd's sound better. My problem may be my age (69) but SACD's have too much dynamic range--one minute they are so quiet I can barely hear them, then I turn the volume up and then get blasted out of the room on loud passages. That's what working in construction all your life will do!
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