Sony Unexpectedly Releases Super Audio CD Reciever – SCD-XA5400ES

Great Caesar’s ghost! It’s Super Audio CD, a format that can provide higher fidelity digital audio reproduction than the Red Book audio CD. Introduced in 1999, it was developed by Sony and Philips Electronics and was supposed to combat DVD-Audio. However, neither really took off and now we’re in a completely different era of audio. SACD still warms the hearts of industry professionals and audiophiles, and to satisfy that niche market Sony has released the SCD-XA5400ES Super Audio CD player. The XA5400ES has a healthy number of outputs, including HDMI (with Multi and 2CH priority switch), digital optical +coax, and analog. Sony Japan has this at a suggested price of 176,400Y, while J&R in the USA has a pre-order price of $1,499. Expect the XA5400ES on October 30th in Japan, and similar dates worldwide.

According to Sony Japan’s press release, the DSD multi-level filter, D/A converter system, and Super Audio D/A converter technology are the best Sony has produced to date. A twin R-core transformer and D/A system that is independent of the general processing chipset allow a truly clean signal output that should offer nearly zero distortion. Power consumption is rated at 25W and standby clocks in at a mere .5W. Dimensions are W430 × H124 × D390mm, and consumers will be surprised at the hefty 10.2kg (aka 22 pound) weight.

For SACD Playback -
Frequency range: 2Hz ~ 100kHz
Frequency response: 2Hz ~ 50kHz(-3dB)
Dynamic range: 110dB+
Harmonic Distortion: 0.0012%

For CD Playback -
Frequency response: 2Hz ~ 20kHz (± 0.5dB)
Dynamic range: 100dB+
Harmonic Distortion: 0.0017%

Information courtesy of Sony Japan.

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DISCUSSION 10 Comments
  • http://www.sa-cd.net antonio

    We want to thank to all people of Sony who work to convert SA-CD into a reality.
    this is great! and must sound stunning!
    I asked several hi-fi dealers here in Spain ( Europe ) that really thinks that a Sony SA-CD player with balanced outputs WILL BE A REAL SUCCESFULL PRODUCT.
    We can´t wait for buy the new SONY SCDXA5400ES player.
    Thank you very much!

  • http://www.sa-cd.net antonio

    We want to thank to all people of Sony who work to convert SA-CD into a reality.
    this is great! and must sound stunning!
    I asked several hi-fi dealers here in Spain ( Europe ) that really thinks that a Sony SA-CD player with balanced outputs WILL BE A REAL SUCCESFULL PRODUCT.
    We can´t wait for buy the new SONY SCDXA5400ES player.
    Thank you very much!

  • http://www.sa-cd.net peter

    Many people (as for example even some stereophile mag reviewers) are agree that the last Sony top sacd player (SCD-XA9000ES, $3000) sounds almost as natural, analog and realistic as the ten-times-more-expensive dCS sacd combo (that even mastering engineers agree that is the world best digital audio player sistem)
    Because the new Sony SCD-XA5400ES has balanced XLR analog outputs, their audio analog board and discrete components must be more professional (far better) than the XA9000ES. At only $1500 the SCD-XA5400ES would sound as good as the $30000 dCS sacd combo !!!!! I can´t wait for buy the new Sony, guy

  • http://www.sa-cd.net peter

    Many people (as for example even some stereophile mag reviewers) are agree that the last Sony top sacd player (SCD-XA9000ES, $3000) sounds almost as natural, analog and realistic as the ten-times-more-expensive dCS sacd combo (that even mastering engineers agree that is the world best digital audio player sistem)
    Because the new Sony SCD-XA5400ES has balanced XLR analog outputs, their audio analog board and discrete components must be more professional (far better) than the XA9000ES. At only $1500 the SCD-XA5400ES would sound as good as the $30000 dCS sacd combo !!!!! I can´t wait for buy the new Sony, guy

  • Frank

    Does anyone have a copy of the “white paper” for the xa5400ES. Feel free to write me @ fpdesigns1@yahoo.com.
    Thank you, Frank
    PS white papers are an authoritive voice and are generally short lived. Ihad the opportunity to read the one for my xa9000es but I failed to print it. They are very detailed.
    Hope to hear from someone.

  • Frank

    Does anyone have a copy of the “white paper” for the xa5400ES. Feel free to write me @ fpdesigns1@yahoo.com.
    Thank you, Frank
    PS white papers are an authoritive voice and are generally short lived. Ihad the opportunity to read the one for my xa9000es but I failed to print it. They are very detailed.
    Hope to hear from someone.

  • robert

    your headline: Sony Unexpectedly Releases Super Audio CD Reciever – SCD-XA5400ES

    has the mispelled word “reciever”. it should be “Receiver”.

    thanks.

    it is at this webpage address:

    http://www.sonyinsider.com/2008/08/27/sony-unexpectedly-releases-super-audio-cd-reciever-scd-xa5400es/

  • robert

    your headline: Sony Unexpectedly Releases Super Audio CD Reciever – SCD-XA5400ES

    has the mispelled word “reciever”. it should be “Receiver”.

    thanks.

    it is at this webpage address:

    http://www.sonyinsider.com/2008/08/27/sony-unexpectedly-releases-super-audio-cd-reciever-scd-xa5400es/

  • alexis

    does anybody know where can I find a 5400es please! used or new!

  • alexis

    does anybody know where can I find a 5400es please! used or new!