One loses the other signals. Why not just play the stereo track? All SACDs have them.
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thanx guys,...just wanted to know b4 upgrading my system. I currently have a compromised system to satisfy my two loves, music and movies> Luckily I am moving a new place where so that I can divide them into two. For music only, I thus now want to get into SACD, perhaps DVD-A (not sure), but given space and other considerations want to keep it 2 channel only for now.
My current system is
Camelot Roundtable MK2 DVD player
Linn 5103 controller/premap
Linn 5125 mutichannel amp (for just 3.1...not the main left-right speakers)
Linn Klimaxx Monoblocks for right/left
Proac Response 4
Proac center channel, rears and Paradigm subwoofer
PS Audio P300
I am thinking of keeping the Klimaxxes for the 2 channel set up...for speakers I want quality but not something perhaps less physically imposing than the Proacs: perhaps Kharma Ref 3.2s (but then Linn bad match?), Wilson System 7 or Sophias, Genesis 501, Cremona etc....u get the idea
Preamps I guess when I can figure out the main speakers.,...though considering BAT VK51SE, Ayre K1X, VTL 7.5, Hovland HP 200 etc But first got to figure out speakers and whether the Klimaxxes can stay: hopefully they can so I can spend money elsewhere.
Back to digital: everything I've read tells me that its either EMM LAbs DAC6 or the Esoteric, neither of which I have audtioned as of yet. I tried the LINN 1.1 Universal and it was OK but lacked weight in bass, solidity of images etc.
In general I am more of an appreciater of quality of sounds as opposed to being a true die hard audiophile. I listen to all kinds of music, rock, pop, jazz, funk, vocal etc.