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First DVD-A/SACD?

I'm looking to get my feet wet with some higher end audio.

My yamaha BD-A1000 will be here in a few days.

The only one I've found so far is Dire Straits: Brother in arms.

I like rock/metal, but am open to anything....
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I'm looking to get my feet wet with some higher end audio.

My yamaha BD-A1000 will be here in a few days.

The only one I've found so far is Dire Straits: Brother in arms.

I like rock/metal, but am open to anything....
Don't know if you like Prog, but Steven Wilson has re-mixed many of the Prog giants (Yes, Tull, ELP, etc.) iconic records and has proven to be one of the best 5.1 mixers around. I'd recommend Yes' Close to the Edge and The Yes Album- but I'm showing my bias, though these discs have been pretty universally praised. Tull's Aqualung is another reference 5.1 mix, but can only be had in an expensive boxset, which includes a BR and a DVD. A brand new release from Gentle Giant also has a reference mix and sets a new benchmark for video content that accompanies a disc- at least on the BR- don't know about the DVD.

Floyd's DSotM and WYWH are no-brainers; sacd's available for both (and dvd-a of DS) or if you have lots of coin, there are expensive boxsets that contain other additional material, including both 5.1 and quad mixes of the albums.

Genesis has all their studio albums done in surround, avaiable separately or in 3 boxes spanning different eras of the band. The mixes have gottn mixed reviews, but I love them; available as CD/DVD (not dvd-a, but DTS 24/96) or CD/SACD.

The Talking Heads studio albums are great surround mixes- see the thread about the Brick and act fast on these as availability seems to be drying up.

The Doors studio albums are all available, separately or as a set, in dvd-a or sacd.

The Who's Tommy has a great 5.1 mix on sacd, dvd-a or BR and Quadrophenia just received the 5.1 treatment on BR- great mix (though Ent's bass is mixed a lil too low).

Deep Purple's Machine Head should be of interest to a metalhead I'd think- great mix on the dvd-a (not sure how cheap these can be found anymore) also available on a newer sacd.

Walmart (!) has a great, inexpensive package for Skynyrd that includes a live DVD, a CD and a dvd-a of greatest hits; great value at around $13.

Steely Dan has some great surround dvd-a/sacd releases, including Gaucho and their 2 newest, 2 Against Nature and Everything Must Go; and Fagen's Nightfly trilogy are all available in 5.1, separately or in a box and in different formats.

You've already got one of the best 5.1 mixes on the way; BIA sounds fantastic.

That's a few highlights off the top of my head; there are many gems I didn't mention that are OOP but can still be found, but at inflated prices.

Your best resource for info on surround sound is quadraphonicquad.com. Not only do they have polls for most every surround disc ever released, so you have many opinions available to aid in your buying choices, but there is also a community of knowledgeable and helpful surroundaholics that is the nicest internet community I've ever seen (this place comes in 2nd, since there's more contention here, but that's likely due to it being a much bigger community).

Another invaluable resource is sa-cd.net, which lists every sacd ever sold and also includes reviews.

Welcome to the awesome world of immersive music. It's a blast, but be forewarned- it can be addictive!
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Take a look at Elton John's SACD catalog, most are well done 5.1 mixes and very reasonably priced. I have Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Madman Across The Water and Captain Fantastic, all very good IMO.
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Another great set of SACD surround recordings are all of the Elton John releases. They can still be bought on Amazon for very reasonable prices. Here is a link. There is also the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 30th anniversary set that includes the SACD. I have all of these and the mixes are great.


http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...lton+john+sacd


http://www.amazon.com/Goodbye-Yellow...rick+road+sacd
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Another great set of SACD surround recordings are all of the Elton John releases. They can still be bought on Amazon for very reasonable prices. Here is a link. There is also the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 30th anniversary set that includes the SACD. I have all of these and the mixes are great.


http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...lton+john+sacd


http://www.amazon.com/Goodbye-Yellow...rick+road+sacd

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I'm looking to get my feet wet with some higher end audio.

The only one I've found so far is Dire Straits: Brother in arms.

I like rock/metal, but am open to anything....

Here's a few more suggestions based on your listening preferences that are readily available and reasonably priced.


Rush has several titles out on SACD, DVD-A and Blu Ray


Eric Clapton Slowhand and 461 on SACD


Dream Theatre self titled on DVD-A


Opeth Pale Communication on Blu Ray later this month


Led Zeppelin Celebration Day on Blu Ray


Nine Inch Nails Downward Spiral on SACD


Alman Brother Eat a Peach on SACD


Probably need to pick up Fleetwood Mac Rumours on SACD as well.

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Oh yea, also pick up Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde SACD

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I ended up with Brothers in Arms, Metallica, and Motorhead Ace of Spades....

I want Hotel California, but can't justify $40 for 1 CD

I still can't believe that 'Dire Straits' is going for $100+ I think Sultans Of Swing would be amazing in 5.1, but $100??
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I ended up with Brothers in Arms, Metallica, and Motorhead Ace of Spades....

I want Hotel California, but can't justify $40 for 1 CD

I still can't believe that 'Dire Straits' is going for $100+ I think Sultans Of Swing would be amazing in 5.1, but $100??
Since they don't sell in great numbers, niche audiophile releases don't go on sale and shoot up in price once they go out of print. If you think those prices are bad, go hunt down the Jennifer Warnes' SACD or some of the rare ones. Your best bet to keeping it affordable is buying up in-print SACDs from companies like Audio Fidelity and Mobile Fidelity. The most affordable entry-level SACD is probably Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, since they made so many of them. That Eagles' SACD is pretty good, I have it.


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I can get DSOTM and a few rolling stones SACDs from the library...
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I ended up with Brothers in Arms, Metallica, and Motorhead Ace of Spades....

I want Hotel California, but can't justify $40 for 1 CD

I still can't believe that 'Dire Straits' is going for $100+ I think Sultans Of Swing would be amazing in 5.1, but $100??
If you look around you can probably find the Hotel California SACD for closer to $30. It is a great SACD with an excellent 5.1 mix, worth it IMO.

The Dire Straits ST SHM-SACD is stereo only with no multichannel mix. The high cost of the SHM-SACD is because it is out of print.

http://www.sa-cd.net/showtitle/6606

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If you look around you can probably find the Hotel California SACD for closer to $30. It is a great SACD with an excellent 5.1 mix, worth it IMO.

The Dire Straits ST SHM-SACD is stereo only with no multichannel mix. The high cost of the SHM-SACD is because it is out of print.

http://www.sa-cd.net/showtitle/6606

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Why the price diffrence between this
http://www.ebay.com/itm/DIRE-STRAITS...item1c440ec3ab
and this
http://www.ebay.com/itm/DIRE-STRAITS...item2c8867a448

Is there a 5.1 mix of Sultans Of Swing available somewhere?
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Nothing legit, Alchemy would be great in surround with Sultan as it's grand jewel. BTW there is Mark Knopfler's Shangri- La, and Sailing to Philadelphia on DVD-A, they might be issued on SACD as well, but I'm not sure. "Philadelphia" has a bit of hot center channel presence, but serviceable, Shangri-La is good all around, much like BIA from D.S.

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Nothing legit, Alchemy would be great in surround with Sultan as it's grand jewel. BTW there is Mark Knopfler's Shangri- La, and Sailing to Philadelphia on DVD-A, they might be issued on SACD as well, but I'm not sure. "Philadelphia" has a bit of hot center channel presence, but serviceable, Shangri-La is good all around, much like BIA from D.S.
There is an Alchemy blu-ray that has an excellent surround mix.

http://www.amazon.com/Straits-Alchemy-Anniversary-Edition-Blu-ray/dp/B003D83DPA

Shangri-La is available on SACD and DVD-A. But Sailing to Philadelphia is only available on DVD-A. I have both DVD-As and they are excellent. But both DVD-As are out of print and quite expensive.

http://www.amazon.com/Sailing-Philadelphia-CD-DVD-Audio/dp/B00069A5GE

http://www.amazon.com/Shangri-La-CD-DVD-Audio/dp/B00069A5GY

The Shangri- La SACD is readily available and quite cheap. The SACD and the DVD-A have the same 5.1 mix so the SACD is the way to go. Although the DVD-A has some cool video footage of the recording of the album.

http://www.amazon.com/Shangri-La-Mark-Knopfler/dp/B0002V4SXC

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My BD-A1000 is here... The only regret I have is not doing this sooner I see a bankruptcy in my near future


I'll pick up Shangri-La. I was never a fan of Sailing To Philadelphia.


I'm getting some nasty high-frequency reflections, down the rabbit hole again
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My BD-A1000 is here... The only regret I have is not doing this sooner I see a bankruptcy in my near future


I'll pick up Shangri-La. I was never a fan of Sailing To Philadelphia.


I'm getting some nasty high-frequency reflections, down the rabbit hole again
. +1 on the Shangri-La SACD, just excellent if you're a fan...
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If you think those prices are bad, go hunt down the Jennifer Warnes' SACD or some of the rare ones.
I was verrrrry lucky to find a copy of Jennifer Warnes "The Well" SACD at a local record store for under $20.00. My other killer bargain was Chris Botti's "Night Sessions" SACD for $10.00 that a friend in L.A. found for me. I've been very fortunate to get some very good deals mostly by just dumb luck or being at the right place at the right time .

http://www.sa-cd.net/showtitle/1223

http://www.sa-cd.net/showtitle/1083

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I don't know how easy any of these are to find, but I definitely recommend the following DVD-As:

Porcupine Tree - Deadwing
Porcupine Tree - Anesthetize
Porcupine Tree - Fear of a Blank Planet
Porcupine Tree - Stupid Dream

Linkin Park - Reanimation

Metallica - Black Album

Megadeth - Peace Sells...

Motorhead - Ace of Spades

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Thanks Bill, I ordered the Anniversary edition of Alchemy on BD. I guess I've been hibernating all these years not to be aware of this release.
The last version of this I owned was on LD, which was stereo only.

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I have a good dvd-audio of Disturbed 'Believe' I am looking to sell for $15.
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My 1st SACD- Jamie Cullum- twentysomething (Verve) 2005. still my reference disc!
My 1st DVD-A - Stone Temple Pilots- Core- an outstanding disc!
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