‘their is still a market for innovating with the format.’ I don’t understand your statement, what format, the disc? As far as discs that play in standard CD players go, no, there is no innovation. I know Japan have been doing mindfu*k’s on redbook, but I and millions others won’t get to bother.Not sure where my comments come into this. Ultimately JEITA didn't define HI Res Audio until March 2014, well after the SACD/DVD/CD-DA war ended. Things may have been so different if a standard was defined before from a physical format standpoint
The different hi-res standards countries/regions are now gravitating to is irrelevant to the format war which started 20 years ago (that's scary).
Whilst the CD is in rapid decline in many regions, whilst declining in Japan the CD still accounts for 70% of all Audio sales. Until they stop offering exclusive content on the formats, and prices of Hi-res online audio decrease, their is still a market for innovating with the format.
On a seperate note, for those looking to buy Hi Res Audio from Japan, the 3 main sales periods to look for are:
- End of Spring (usually March/easter time)
- End of September
I agree standard CDs are far from dead, if we have to thank Japan God bless ’em. And I do like the idea of MQA discs, but alas where’s the hardware??
The trouble with the Japanese is that with discs they have soup of the day everyday, but not necessarily tasty.