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What's the Skinny These Days on Multi-Channel SACD Playback?

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I know. SACD never got any traction in the mainstream and is all but gone except among audiophiles. Been coasting along with my old HT and audio setup for quite a few years, however, and I'm now out of touch about how the format is supported on today's universal players, specifically Pioneer. I had an old Pioneer DVD player that supported SACD playback, but it had six discreet channel outputs for playback of multi-channel SACDs and the decoding had to be done onboard the player. This I read, quite a few years ago, was a requirement by Sony as one of many levels of copy protection. Since then, the multi-channel outputs on my player quit working and I am considering a new universal player such as the Pioneer BDP-180 (I'm kind of a Pioneer fanboy because picture reproduction is amazing even at lower end of the price point spectrum), but very few universal players now, even the hi-end ones by Pioneer have the multi-channel outputs. My newer updated receiver doesn't have them either. So what I'm wondering is, did Sony relent so I can now stream multi-channel SACD playback via optical/coax output to be decoded on the receiver? OR do I still need six discreet outputs on the player to listen to 5.1 channel SACDs (such as my Pink Floyd DSOTM SACD), because Pioneer and other mainstream manufacturers are making a token gesture at 2-channel only support and just no longer care to install the multi-channel outputs because there is no longer a market for multi-channel SACDs? Can I get discreet multi-channel with a single digital out or do I need to go to a legacy product or to a more expensive dedicated SACD player for this? Hate to go dedicated since I own very few SACDs, but would like multi-channel support if I can get it in a universal player. Don't want to spend a lot on a player, either, since most of my content is now either streamed or downloaded then played back.

Tried Googling and searching out the answer to this but couldn't find one.

Thanks!

 


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