Compact Dics, the successor to cassettes, have been around for many years now, without much innovation. Video has evolved into DVD, and perhaps into holographic DVD in the future. But what about music and audio?
Well, for the past few years, companies such as Sony and Phillips have become excited about the newest in audio technology, Super Audio. Super Audio is essential high definition sound, allowing music to be heard in true 5.1 surround. Yup just like DVD movies. In fact, the Super Audio format is up against DVD-A’s, or Audio DVD’s, that do essentially the same thing. SACD has an advantage over DVD-A, because an SACD can be played in an CD player (without utilizing its quality), while you need a dedicated DVD-A player to hear the CD. To hear the 5.1 surround to its potential, you need to purchase a DVD-A or SACD player, which cost ranges from $250-$1000.
Many already released CD’s are being re-mastered in the new formats. Over 300 titles are available thus far.
What do I think about this? Well I certainly think it’s time for audio to progress, just as everything has. And the second that I have $300 to spare, I think I’m going to upgrade to high-def audio.