Are the troublesome discs Hybrid SACD's. I can't believe that the translucent sandwich is reliable.
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Ouch. That last part makes my nervous about my future 555 purchase. The disc itself could be defective...try buying a new one at a different store and see if it plays. Since you stated other multichannel SACDs play, I don't see how it would be the player. New security technology being employed in discs may also be the culprit.
Yes. Both are Hybrid SACD. One is Grove Notes JACINTHA/LUSH LIFE and the other is DGG Holst/The Planets (Gardiner/Philharmonia). Both are relative new release, the DGG was actually just released last month. My other collections of Hybrid SACD, like: Hourglass (James Taylor/SONY) the three Mahler symphonies (Michael Tilson Thomas/SFS labels) are all fine. Somehow I heard the 555 has different laser pickup (?) for CD and SACD. Is Hybride SACD more sensible to read than a straight two channel one? I have returned the Lush Life to Elusive Disc and they are sending a new one to me. The DGG one I have to deal with Tower.
I did clean my lens and no help.
If this is the problem of SONY, I will be much worry in the future if I have to spend thousands of dollar on SACD player with less than 5 years warranty.
All SACD players have different lasers for CD and for SACD...they are different colors. The SACD layer of the sandwich which is the Hybrid SACD is supposed to be transparent at the wavelength of the CD-reading laser, so that the player can look right through the SACD to the CD underneath. I suspect that there will be many problems like yours. I avoid Hybrid discs.