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I have never understood why the big Japanese companies (Sony, Marantz, Pioneer, Yamaha, Esoteric, Luxman) have always had such a mononpoly on SACD players.

Musical Fidelity came out with one years ago, (Arcam and Cary have also dipped a toe into SACD waters) but since then very, very few of the hi-fi specialist companies have bothered. This is in stark contrast to the current DAC-mania, where everyone who is anyone has a DAC.

I would love to hear what Conrad-Johnson, EAR, Audio Note, Unison Research, Copland, Rotel, Primare, Rogue Audio, Jolida or Rega (to name a few) could do with an SACD player.

I think the choices of SACD players are too limited and the Japan-inc players all sound more alike than not. An "upgrade" from one to another is more a side-ways step.


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