SACD"S for less than CD s

The recent price drop on the Sony SACD catalog got me thinking. Sony is starting to release lower priced SACD players. What do you think would happen if for 6 months or a year they sold SACD's for a buck or two less than a regular CD? Better sound for less money. Would it doom DVD audio? Would it convince enough people to give SACD a try?
Interesting question, Lwin. The music marketplace has been very title-dependant. I am not sure that Sony Music's catalogue alone could bury DVD audio. I think Sony Music would have to rally support from other music content-owners -- EMI, Universal/BMG / T-Warner, etc, before DVD audio exits the scene.
As to convincing people (a very powerful support group) to give SACD a try... admittedly, I don't know.
What do you think?
If Sony learned anything from the Beta/VHS battle,they should know that even if you have the best tecnology, you need the consumer to speak with their wallets.So market share is critical.I don't think that initially the mainstream consumer would purchase a SACD player without some enticement.If SACD's were less expensive & there was the potential for better sound maybe they would give it a try.DVD audio has an advantage in the people are buying DVD players in record numbers to watch movies.I think DVD audio will be an add on for most players & could back into market share via this route. Mass consumer electronics once they reach a reach a certain pricepoint usually add features to seperate themselves from the competition. Given the choice of spending $25 for a DVD audio disc or $12 to $13 for an SACD disc what would you do? It will be interesting to see if Sony's recent price decrease will cause a response from the DVD audio software community. The next few month's should be very interesting to say the least!
Lwin: Though it is just my guess, I assume that a great deal of SACD software will be released at the same time the less expensive SACD players are placed on the market. Otherwise the only other enticement is their DVD capability (and there are already plenty of good/cheap DVD players available). You have to spend big money to make big money and I would assume that Sony and the others already know this. Lowering the price of the software once again would also be a nice marketing ploy, from my standpoint. Most of these companies have survived by making mass market, high volume sales and I would guess that the "boutique" items may just be produced to gather the press needed to boost the sales of the lower priced priced units that many more people can afford to purchase (quality by association). The R&D and much of the tooling may also be able to be reused in the lower priced models, so they are not out there.
Sony's insistence on issuing SACDs from their catalog in single-layer only seems to me to be a problem in terms of mainstream acceptance. A lot of people like CDs to do duty in their cars or offices or wherever, without having to think about compatibility. Is this a manufacturing cost issue, or is it something else? Dan.
One of SONY/Phillips' strategy to come up with SACD was not to improve the sound of CD but to mud the water so DVD-A does not prevail which will doom the red book CD. If both format dies, SONY couldn't be happier since they can keep charging royalities for every CD it sells.
Sony/Phillips are about to lose the CD royalties they collect because the 20 year copyright limit is expiring.
Jschrimph your post is very interesting. That means that Sony is going to lose a major revenue stream. They can't believe that that they can sell sufficent volume of SACD's on the quality difference alone can they? I just can't envision most people plunking down extra dollars for a SACD just because it might sound better. Although one could make an argument that DVD video shouldn't have taken as much shelf space from video tapes as it so quickly did! Sony needs volume sales. You get volume from either having a unique product that the consumer just has to have, the product is much better than the competition or it is less expensive. Is SACD that unique or that much better than the competition in the minds of the general buying public? If it isn't & the prices don't continue to drop on SACD"S Sony could very well have another Beta onit's hands.
Hummm, the copyright is expiring on redbook CDs and lo and behold a new format is developed just in time? I wonder how long Sony and Phillips took to develop SACD (from R&D to market)? My guess would be about 20 years. Hope I'm wrong.