Most stores I visit in Florida have fewer titles than a year ago and the salespeople still have no idea what formats these are. With all the new technology coming down the pipe like Blueray and Dual Disc, I don't see the competition keeping these two formats valid except for the people who own the universal players (very few).
I recently walked into a nearby Circuit City and took a look at their SACD and DVD-A sections. In the past there would be around 25 different titles of each type. This last time there were only 3 SACDs and 1 DVD-A. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come, but then again I've bought most of my discs online where there is a much greater selection. When I've talked to the sales people there, a few didn't even know much, if anything, about these hi-res discs. On the other hand, I bought a DVD-A at a V1rg1n Mega-store out in Arizona earlier this year and the check-out clerk made sure I understood the disc would not play in a "normal" cd player. He said I'd be surprised at the number of people trying to return discs that were incompatible with their players. I still have doubts about the future of these discs based on how poorly they're being marketed.
You will get a far wider range of DVD-A and SACD surround titles if you go to an online site, rather than a typical brick and mortar store.
I stopped going to retailers when shopping for surround audio discs. Most of them have a pathetic selection.
Shopping online for these discs is almost always far more rewarding.
I get my SACDs (no DVD-As) either through Amazon.com or arkivmusic.com. The latter site has most everything of the 2-thousand or so SACDs in production - and there are several good online sites offering reviews. As I listen to mainly classical and opera, SACD is better for me - though I'm not going to get into an argument about formats! Please! My older player will soon be replaced by a new one of the "universal" type, and I'm awaiting the reviews for such products as Denon, Sony and the new and heralded Samsung 941. But as to the discs, stick with Online - most of the "locals" have not yet heard of the new formats!
Yeah, brick-and-mortar DVD-A/SACD hunting is quite an experience. Best Buys greatly vary in quantity. One in Atlanta looked ransacked: half the discs were gone, and the other half was misfiled. Orlando stores have are better stocked in comparison.
I called Park Ave CDs (used CD store in Winter Park, FL), and they told me they don't carry SACDs/DVD-As. I went to the store, and they had a dedicated used sacd/dvd-a section.
CD Warehouze mix all their SACD/DVDAs in with the regular music. Very useless.
Strangely enough, it's hard to find the Flaming Lips DVD-A/CD album. It's well rated on every site and forum for both content and audio quality, and contains the regular audio CD and the DVD-A/dolby disc.
Two Cents, Bruno, et al. Here in beautiful downtown Naples, Florid-Duh! dare ain' no sech animule as "SACD." Well, almost none. Trying to find any in Barnes and Noble or Border's is like going on safari through tall grass - with snakes! I finally gave up and order all my SACDs Online. Some of you are more fortunate! In re-reading some of the earlier posts on this thread - What ever happened to the man with the strange "name" - SACDude? Sir, if you're out there anywhere, there's a lot of us who would like to know what happened to you! Drop a line - don't have to get "hooked in" again - but we're curious folk here!
The best buy near me generally has a decent selection of DVD-As and SACDs (though they don't even have Thriller), though restocking seems to be a problem. I try to buy as many as I can from the store in the small hope that perhaps I can contribute to keeping demand up and perhaps help influence them to increase their selection.
MR et al - thanks for the "heads up" on the Grammy awards. Strange that the only "classical" recording is the SFS Mahler 4 - which critics have said is not Tilson Thomas at his best. Oh, well - I haven't heard it yet, so I can't say for sure. At any rate, this is why I put my eggs in the SACD basket in the first place: there were initially more SACDs than DVD-As with "my" kind of music, and there were hints and promises of much more to come in SACD format. From your posting, and others, it would seem that I might have "guessed right" this time around. The DVD-A folk are having a devil of a time with their new, thicker, "Dual Discs." Many players simply won't play them - they get stuck in the mechanism. Sigh. Back to the ole drawing board? Stay tuned. . . Meanwhile - G-day all, and happy listening!!