Sony SCD-XB790 SACD Player - Page 7
We will begin our conclusion for the Sony SCD-XB790 SACD Player, with the price tag for this player on the market. Close to €350, which is a very reasonable price for this device. Especially if we consider the construction, power supply, chassis etc, the player reminds us of more expensive, hi-end equipment. However, this amount could also be spent on a universal device, that also supports SACD reproduction along with a whole array of other formats which would be more easily appreciated by most enthusiasts.
The CD error correction capabilities, we have to admit, were disappointing and we expected much better performance from such a device, especially when we consider that SACD/CD are the only supported formats. Defects and scratches up to 1.0mm and over, created audible clicks. However, since this is not a common player, I am sure that most candidate buyers would be the type who take care of their discs :-).
According to our reading tests, the player confirmed the manufacturer's specifications. It also proved to be very simple in operation. However, one feature missing, always keeping in mind that this is a CD player, is MP3 support. We listened to this player in both multi-channel and stereo mode, playing a variety of material including CD, SACD, CD-R and CD-RW discs. In my opinion and with my limited experience, I can say that the player offers better than good, if not not very good sound quality.
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