Sony SCD-777ES SACD/CD Player Page 2
Those of you who are religious scholars or Lutherans probably know the story of Martin Luther. After nearly being struck by lightning, he promised God he'd dedicate his life to religion. Once I heard the opening notes of Appalachia Waltz, as played by Yo-Yo Ma, I knew exactly how Luther felt. The cello sounded like it was in the room with me. The room filled with harmonics, which are usually lost in digital recordings. Nothing—not even my limited experience with DVD-Audio—sounded this real, this live, this amazing. The same recording in CD sounded limited, boxed in, and fake. Track after track, time after time, the experience was the same. Keep in mind, the CD player on the unit is pretty amazing in and of itself, with five separate sets of filters to improve the sound of your legacy CDs.
Immediately, my perception of this player as some high-end niche product was completely dashed. Through my mid-fi system, SACD was creating amazing sound. Rarely am I totally blown away by a product, preferring to take a more-detached view. With SACD, I couldn't. The music was so emotionally involving and real, I could barely contain my enthusiasm. Honestly, I can't tell you how to spend your money. But if music and how it sounds are even mildly important to you, you're going to want one of these. If you are a hard-core audiophile, you need one . . . right now. I remember my excitement when I first saw real high-definition TV, with its film-like picture. This is just as exciting, if not more so. When SACD becomes the standard for high-quality audio (and it will, in my opinion), I'll always remember the first time I heard it through my system. I'm betting you will, too. So much for being a cynic.
• Better sound than any-thing this side of digital master tapes
• Excellent build quality
• Did we mention the amazing sound?