Well, since Meridian created the compression algorithm for DVD-A (MLP-Meridian Lossless Packing), I would say that they are firmly committed to that format. Whether they ever release an SACD is probably entirely dependent on how succesful it becomes. Since it is a direct competitor to DVD-A, I doubt you'll see SACD from them unless it becomes the obvious winner of the so-called "format war". I guess it would be like Sony doing a DVD-A machine--they won't unless they have to. The reason Meridian dropped the 508 is that the 506 is essentially the same player, without balanced outputs (and at half the price). The new 596 DVD is also the same, but with DVD capability, at almost the same price($250 more). So, sales of the 508 would become almost nil. As far as being solidly commited to DVD (video), I think they want to be, but because of their upgradable philosophy, it has been tough to build a machine that fits their profile (remember the 586, 586.2?) Now they feel they have one in the new player. It will offer a DVD-A upgrade in the future. This is probably an oversimplification, but hopefully it gives you some insight.
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