"how many DVD-A discs have actually been sold and are projected to be sold in the next few years? This last question, which more accurately judges the format's real success, left the DVD-A representatives fumbling for an answer until a Warners attendee said that in 2001 and 2002 his label has so far sold 170,000 discs to consumers."
I hope this is a mistake, we have previous heard about 2001 sales of 350.000 discs.
This was the same Stereophile which errantly reported that Meridian was building an SACD player, and that they had skipped out on the NYC based Convention of the AES for no reason.
Both of these are factually incorrect, there is no Meridian SACD player, and Meridian cancelled their appearances at the NYC AES as soon as the dates were announced due to scheduling conflicts.
Given these gross inaccuracies, one has to wonder about the credibility of Stereophile in reporting DVD-Audio news.
I have found many usefull reports in stereophile, everybody including me make some mistakes. I have also seen positive reports in Stereophile about DVD Audio.
Time will tell.... Time will tell :-)
The 170,000 is likely YTD sales - that would be consistent with previous reports and little or no growth. Marketing geeks are famous for scrambling statistics.
"This was the first sign of denial on the part of the DVD-A adherents."
Perhaps they were channeling some of the inmates on high-rez???
It underlines the fact that it is very difficult to undertake a new product launch when the publics attention is elsewhere. Also shows penetration of DVD-A will be a long hard battle and is not directed at SACD but more at the established formats already in use. I am not downplaying SACD at all but to me this story shows how hard any format will have it at present. We may end up with neither hi-rez format.
Both have copy protection. It is clear that the record industry can't continue to sell CD's given the ease of copying them. Like it or not they have to have a copy protected format to survive. Attempts at copy protecting CDs have failed so far. Although the watermark on DVD-As may be audible it is clear that even SACD proponents (Teresa and Chris) have trouble hearing it on very good systems. Obviously, the best copy protection system for us is that instituted by Sony for SACDs as there is no audible distortion. But John Q certainly won't care either way.
He won't like the fact that CDs are going to disappear and they won't disappear soon. I think we are looking ten years down the road. But the record companies have to get out of the CD business if they are going to survive.
BTW watch Congress and the Executive branch. Record execs just met with Ashcroft last week and demanded a stop to peer to peer file sharing. Hollywood is scared sh__less and trying to slow progress on HDTV because of copying concerns. Things are about to get bloody.
> > We may end up with neither hi-rez format. < <
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