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    SACD on Two New Yamaha Blu-ray Players

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    Is SACD making a quiet comeback? Oddly enough, Yamaha has released two new Blu-ray players that have decoding for the SACD disc format.

    The company's BD-S677 is announced for delivery in April, with a MRSP of $329. It will be the second SACD enabled player, but the first to include the Miracast feature. If you are unfamiliar with Miracast, it allows you to stream content wirelessly from Miracast-compatible smartphones and tablets. It can also connect to Dropbox to stream Cloud-based videos, music, photo and documents.

    The BD-S677 also boasts 192kHs/32 bit DACs, built in apps for VUDU, Picasa and YouTube. Other features include AVCHD playback of high-definition camcorder video, support for 192/24 FLAC, 192/24 ALAC WAV, MP3 and WMA audio files and can read these files from USB thumb drives from the player's front and rear USB ports.

    While new product announcements are not unusual, I wonder why Yamaha chooses now to add SACD support. Strangely enough there's no support for DVD-Audio, buy hey..........they decided to keep support for 3D.

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    Why would Yamaha now decide to support SACD, and not DVD Audio? Then they make another nonsensical decision to continue support for 3Dumb. I really trying to chase OPPO, but this just doesn't cut it.

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    Doesn't make sense to me either. I'm sure that it comes down to paying the licensing fees and the fact that a DVD-A disc will technically play on any DVD player. Just don't expect to hear the high resolution tracks.

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    Why are they still beating that dead horse, 3D(umb)? It makes no sense to me.

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    Tracy,

    There are many DVD players out there at a much lower cost than Oppo's. I have been reading yours and others thoughts on the Oppo and am considering the 103D.

    Where does the cost of DVD players go if 3D and SACD goes away?

    Is 3D really in trouble? I'm upgrading my projector soon mostly so I can have 3D.

    Thanks

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    The additional cost can be attributed to many things. Speaking specifically about the BDP-103:

    Dual HDMI outputs
    Support of FLAC files
    Disc Compatibility - like SACD and DVD-Audio
    Physical Build Quality
    Better DACs for audio
    Fast Firmware Updates
    Customer Support
    Great DVD Upscaling
    HDMI Input that uses the same upscaling chip as DVD
    Variable Audio Output - so technically you can run it straight into a power amp
    Front and rear USB inputs for hard drives, thumb drives or keyboards

    I agree that 3D isn't quite as popular as the Industry thought it would be. To me it's another feature, like apps.

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    So, potentially the Oppo can take the place of a receiver/preamp if you have the amps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BassEarDrum View Post
    So, potentially the Oppo can take the place of a receiver/preamp if you have the amps?
    It could as long as you didn't need tone controls, EQ, or switching of more than one video source. Although, I suppose you could add a HDMI switcher to the Oppo's input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrhookup View Post
    Informative link. Thanks Jeffrey.

    Jeffrey, do you have an opinion on JVC's eshift? Does the picture quality land anywhere close to "real" 4K?

    Thanks again.

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