If SACD's were (overall catalog) mastered properly to begin with, then SACD would be a very nice format for audiophiles (some love it even though the 3K is usually up too hot) and reference recordings.
Nothing wrong with SACD's (DSD) as a format. What is wrong is the mastering generally sucks because of the rush to get a foothold out there for consumers.
SACD "HYPE" mastering to show off the format. Uncalibrated mastering facilitys butchering the works. Rolloff on the bottom, 3K boost, noisy highs. Toto IV is the "WORST" example I know of and the diana Krall stuff reeks with sibilance, imbalance and just not attention to detail going on.
Stones is pretty darn good, but I have albums that best them.
DSOM was an abortion. Clipping, poor use of master, Alan Parsons saying "whole parts being left out", "he was not approached anyway" to be involved with it and his 4ch quad is most awesome. Just a clone of that would have been killer.
And the multilayer redbooks on SACD do not use the same mastering of the hi rez layer. It is like, "listen to how shitty we can make redbook sound" (in many cases) and this is "our idea" of how the record should sound, all the while, the mastering engineers are not using the vintage of equipment to monitor the recordings and the results have inadaquencies.
Well, DVD-A has been in my house but no one wants to pay extra for it, for 27 months. It is so cheap now (and compatable with non dvd-a players) that it would be just plain stupid for audiophiles to not embrace the format.
Sony created SACD/DSD to also make the discs "write protected". Anyone with analog out can copy on in its glory (or non glory) anytime..to 24/192K or even microsofts 32/192K format or even to a meridian DSD recorder, all day long. it is not copy proof.
I see exciting times for DVD-A
Go get a Panasonic DVD-F85 or F87(HDCD TOO) Machine for your standalone playback. it is less than 150 bucks.
PS, the audigy 2 is fully DVD-A compatable but I use a high end stand alone set of converters myself.
99 dollars around town, fully compatable.