Pioneer will introduce their first multi-channel DVD-Audio/SACD player in early January, according to John Bamford, Pioneer UK’s Product Manager, Home Electronics, who spoke to High Fidelity Review today.
In the absence of budget multi-standard machines from Apex and Zenix, the new Pioneer will be the world’s first player with multi-channel (5.1) capabilities for both Super Audio CD (SACD) and DVD-Audio.
The region 1 version will be known as the Pioneer DV-47A, whilst the region 2 version will be the Pioneer DV-747A, which will be priced at Ј899. In Japanese markets, the machine will be known as the DV-S747A.
With full multi-channel support for both DVD-Audio and SACD, plus basic bass management, the Pioneer DV-747A will become the obvious choice for audiophiles who do not want to side with one format or the other, and who wish to have access to the widest range of software possible.
The DV-747A and the DV-47A both support DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, SACD, MP3, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R and DVD-RW (full compatibility including the VR format extension) discs. They also include integral Dolby Digital and DTS decoders, plus progressive scan component video outputs.
Other features include a ‘Fine Focus’ digital filter, six channels of 192kHz 24-bit Burr Brown digital to analogue converters, 108MHz 12-bit video DAC, twin SCART terminals with RGB pass-through (region 2 only), Hi-Bit and Legato Pro audio processing. The MP3 playback and navigation supports up to 250 disc folders and 250 individual tracks.