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The New Dark Ages

The New Dark Ages

Sometimes I wonder if we're not entering a dark ages. With modern technology and storage techniques, I always assumed that our culture, our artwork, our philosophy would never disappear. It might go out of fashion, but future generations will always be able to turn on Ferris Bueller and say to themselves, "Okay, that's the 1980s. Now where's my Pearl Jam record? I want to experience the Nineties." Recently, I haven't been so sure.

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Luxman unveils D06 high end stereo SACD player

Luxman unveils D06 high end stereo SACD player

With the worsen economy, we aren’t sure the market is ready for a $5,725 stereo SACD player, but considering the targeting audiences are likely audiophiles with exquisite taste in high-dollar home audio refinery, the cost of a $6000 finest audio equipment barely break a sweat. Luxman Japan has announced its second in command SACD/CD stereo player, D06, with features derived from the flagship, D08, at nearly half the price.

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Denon DVD-A1UD Blu-ray player

Denon DVD-A1UD Blu-ray player

Given the ratio of DVD player owners to Blu-ray player owners, you could argue that any of the high-definition decks are "high end"; however Denon Japan have announced what they're claiming is the world's first high end Blu-ray universal player.  The posh title is to take into account that the DVD-A1UD is capable not only of playing the usual Blu-ray and DVD video discs, but also DVD-audio, SACD and standard CDs.  It also comes with the company's DENON Link 4th technology, which apparently improves performance even from standard-definition sources.

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Mark Levinson First SACD Player costs $22,000

Mark Levinson First SACD Player costs $22,000

Economic falls but music soars- Harman International Group couldn’t choose a better time to present its subsidiary first SACD player despite the economic downturn. Mark Levinson fans long for audiophile-grade SACD player now can get their hands on one if they have $22,000 to spare. The company has launched No-512 – company’s first stereo SACD/CD with full-balanced output.

Denon unveils Flagship SACD player, DCD-SX

Denon unveils Flagship SACD player, DCD-SX

Denon announced today at Tokyo International Audio Show with a high performance SACD and redbook player. A Flagship DCD-SX SACD player features a multitude of technical advancements and battleship-like construction quality designed to meet the demands of most discriminating audiophiles.

Sony VAIO JS1: All-in-One with optional Blu-ray & high-def audio editing

Sony VAIO JS1: All-in-One with optional Blu-ray & high-def audio editing

Sony's VAIO JS series of all-in-one desktop PCs - which were announced last month - has been re-announced for Europe, together with some new spec details and photos.  Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 processor with 3GB of RAM, a 500GB hard-drive and WiFi b/g/n, the JS1's crowning glory is a 20.1-inch 1680 x 1050 X-black display with an Intel GMA X4500HD video card doing the business behind the scenes.

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Marantz SA-15S2 Reference SACD player, Gold Finishes for Golden Ears

Marantz SA-15S2 Reference SACD player, Gold Finishes for Golden Ears

SACD is still alive and live. I wasn’t expecting a new Sony’s ES series SACD player but they surprised us with one last month. You would think they ditch the DSD technology after a huge score in the new standard of High resolution Blu-Ray format. Not so, Marantz too, has announced successor to its SA-11s Reference SACD-CD player with SA-15S in Japan.

Sony SACD player promises best quality yet

Sony SACD player promises best quality yet

Sony has announced a new high-end SACD player in Japan, the SCD-XA5400ES, catering to wealthy audiophiles still with a fondness for the technology.  Based on a twin R-core transformer and D/A system - individual components rather than rolled into the general chipset - Sony are calling the parts the best the company has produced to date. 

Blu-Ray, Where is my SACD Option?

Blu-Ray, Where is my SACD Option?

D&M Holdings, the Japan-based consumer electronics corporation that owned several mid to high-end household brands including Marantz, Denon, Mcintosh, Snell, etc, has announced an additional Blu-Ray player by the end of March 2008. The company did not disclose what player will be released under which subsidiaries, but it’s more likely the Marantz BD8002, which is also a rebadge of Denon DVD-3800 BDCI.