I wrote here a few times, how enthusiastic I am about the concept of the DS DAC with Bridge II together with a NAS in terms of a money saving HW solution compared to drive/DAC, ext. streamer/DAC or music server/DAC combos. Especially expensive combinations of drives with music servers seem completely unnecessary and a waste of money if something like the DS DAC with bridge is available and one uses a ripping service or diy. The PSA SACD Transport certainly is necessary for plug & play customers and the only official option to play SACD over a DAC for those without an old Playstation to rip.
Once I had ripped all my physical media to the NAS and got used to the flexibility in tagging, categorizing and searching, I realized how retrospective even the current offers of other manufacturers are in terms of the above mentioned HW combinations. I simply can’t imagine anymore, why anyone who’s buying new HW should invest in a physical media drive (except for the SACD case).
What makes it even harder is, that since I recognized, that SACD often (if not mostly) is only a DSD converted container for PCM recorded music (most SACD’s seem to be recorded in 24/96, only a fraction is real DSD recorded stuff), I wondered why these PCM recordings are sometimes only available as SACD.
Convinced that DVD-A is unnecessary anyway as just containing PCM files, I wonder if Sony keeps their copyright for the physical SACD media and so let’s SACD die in the course of time, or if they start making the SACD inherited DSD or PCM files available by download?
It seems labels are tending to publish their PCM or DSD recordings for download themselves and at the end only Sony will be serving their hires music on SACD media in a forseeable time.
I’d be interested in the opinion of some folks more involved in this industry matter.
Currently I can only see the theory of Sony grabbing money as long as it’s possible from SACD customers before forced to offer downloads, too. It can’t take long I guess, then SACD transports are unnecessary, too.
I wonder how’s the rule, who’s allowed to offer downloads aside SACD media and who not or if it’s just a matter of business decision of labels or a licensing issue. I just can’t believe anyone not seeing the end of physical media.