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SACD Music CDs

Developed by Sony and Philips Electronics, Super Audio CDs (SACD) were first introduced in 1999 as a successor of CDs. This read-only optical disk format offers more channels, such as surround sound, and boasts a longer playing time than CDs. While SACDs haven't made a big dent in the market, for those who are enthusiastic about high-fidelity sound reproductions, they offer an impressive listening experience.

All Genres

Just like music CDs and DVDs, SACDs have been released in a whole host of genres, including Jazz SACD music CDs, rock and pop. Classical SACD music CDs and DVDs were the biggest genre to utilise the format, allowing long symphonies and works to be stored on single disks. Look for Mozart's Violin Concertos and symphonies by Tchaikovsky and Sibelius, as well as early baroque works and contemporary classic masterpieces.

Rock and Pop SACDs

Are you looking for SACDs from your favourite rock and pop music artists? You can find Pink Floyd's album The Dark Side of the Moon on SACD, as well as The Who's rock opera Tommy remixed in 5.1 surround sound. Sting's Sacred Love was a particular success in SACD format, reaching number one in numerous European charts following its release.


SACDs feature exactly the same physical shape and dimensions as regular compact discs and the same density as a DVD. You can find SACDs in three different types—single-layer, dual-layer and hybrid SACDs—with only hybrid disks being compatible on conventional CD players. If you don't own an SACD player, look for hybrid disks to ensure your player can read them.

How an SACD Works

When a hybrid SACD is played in a conventional CD player, the laser beam that passes the high-resolution layer is reflected by the conventional layer, resulting in it being out of focus. When that same disk is placed in an SACD player, the high-resolution layer reflects the laser before it reaches the conventional layer, resulting in a superior sound quality.

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