Originally Posted by mbyrnes
I don't see your problem with Blu-Ray being an A/V experience. I have 5 Blu-Ray concert discs that I really enjoy. There are a lot more that I would love to pick up when I get the extra cash. I actually prefer the A/V aspect as it makes it more "concert" like.
Have you tried using the fake surround sound modes on your AVR? It isn't the same as a true surround disc, but it is much better than all channel stereo it most instances. Most AVRs have a few choices to try out.
For classical music, opera, and ballet, I suppose that would be alright. What's stopping me there is my ignorance and the prices. I enjoy some classical music, but I don't know a lot about it, and I have no idea if the forty or fifty bucks I have to drop for a Blu-ray opera or ballet will be money well spent (I live in Korea so things like this are a bit more pricey than for most of the rest of the world). The only offerings I have found in stores so far are operas and ballets about which I know nothing. If it was something with which I was comfortable and familiar like The Pirates of Penzance or Candide, I'd probably buy, but growing up without a theater left me culturally deprived to the extent that most of it is esoteric.
For rock and pop and such, I usually don't like live performances. There are exceptions, but what's available so far hasn't really turned me on. I almost bought a Leonard Cohen Blu-ray yesterday, but for as much as I like him without interpretation via Jenifer Warnes, I don't think I'd listen to it very much.
I don't like any of the fake surround modes provided by my Denon AVR at least for music. The modes can be really good for movies sometimes. Even 7-channel stereo when listening to vinyl is a compromise because I lose the pure analog for the digitally processed advantage of sound from all speakers. Yes, I can hear the difference. It's not quite enough for me to require the pure analog, though I think if I get around to hooking up my reel-to-reel player again, I'll insist on pure analog stereo.
It looks like I spoke a little too soon. I searched for HD downloads and found:https://www.hdtracks.com
They have a lot of 24-96 downloads in stereo and mono FLAC. What I'm really hoping for though is 5.1 and 7.1 @ 24-192 that I can burn to Blu-ray since disks have finally come down to reasonable prices. My biggest problem is that now I need to somehow become educated in classical and jazz to make selections that will please me.
I've just been hoping that multi-channel HD audio would become standard for recording, but a lot of masters these days are done in pathetic CD Redbook at 16-44.1. I've even been hoping that with increasing storage on portable music players that HD FLAC files would become typically possible if not standard, but so far I haven't hear anything about this. There's probably a player out there that does it. I guess I'll have to look. For the most part, however, I am content to listen to my music at home on my lovely Denon/Klipsch system, and for portable music, I'm content with my Walkman.