Marantz SA-7S1 SACD Player: People Use SACDs?

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Marantz is launching the SA-7S1, which promises to be the Dreadnought of Super Audio CD players. The gold-colored player's main claim to fame is the built-in anti-vibration electronics (or so says the machine translation). Otherwise, it plays Super Audio CDs, "regular" CDs and burned CD-R/RWs; no MP3 support here, I'm afraid. The Super Audio CD Player That Could goes on sale in Japan this October for about $6,200. A bit much?

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Speaking of which, are there any actual SACD users out there? Given the price of this player, one would expect the SACD market to skew only toward people with large amounts of petrodollars at their disposal. Any opinions in the house?

Press Release (in Japanese) [Marantz via Akihabara News]

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In regards to where my equipment came from, considering its price,

well, I'm glad you asked... And you did ask, too. I see it. Right up

there. ^^

Anyway, I have my mother and an old friend to thank. You see, first,

this friend got a job at an electronics store (with an "awesome"

employee discount). Then my mother asked me what I wanted for

Christmas. So, I suggested she visit this store, speak with for him,

and buy whatever he recommended - knowing full well he'd pass along his

knowledge and opinion, but more importantly, his discount.

I wound up with...

http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pna/v3/pg/prod…

and

http://www.yamaha.com/yec/products/p…

So, yeah, that was a good morning. =D