I was told by Patrick in service Krell is working on a universal player for CD/SACD/DVD-A. They also had trouble getting the transport mechanism from Philips for the SACD.
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Yes, what I meant is not having any video circuitry inside the box. You need that to be able to select from the tv menu to play most DVD-A discs. Just makes the design more complicated than need be. There are not too many DVD-A titles around. And the format appears to be on "the way out" anyway. CD/SACD players tend to due a better job on cd than the Universal designs.
Unfortunately, you can't get DVD-A without getting DVD-V since this (DVD) is an Audio/Video Format, unlike SACD & CD which are Audio Formats. All universal (A/V) players start- out in development as DVD players, which doesn't go over well in the Audiophile community. Though it is well known that the Krell DVD Standard as well as the Linn Unidisc 1.1 are excellent CD players.