Originally Posted by fresno1232001
I just keep buying DVD-As from www.aixrecords.com
. Mark Waldrep keeps putting them out and his are the higest fidelity recorded audio ever offered to consumers. I bought 3 more a few weeks ago. My Panasonic S-97 plays them fine (but not SACDs, of course). I hope and think the new Oppo BR player will play both SACD and DVD-A. If so, I'll buy one.
It is a crying shame that the record Cos never spent a dime advertising the fabulous sound of SACD and DVD-A. It's even more of a shame that the formats were not technically feasible when the CD appeared in 1983. The LP should have been replaced by DVD-A. CDs are usually pretty bad, but it seems that it is the careless makers of them who are to blame, not really the CD format per se. Try Nonesuch label's "Buena Vista Social Club" CD. Just great. Not as good as DVD-A, but a lot better SQ than most CDs. And an absolute joy in terms of the music. Recorded in La Habana.
And now the LP is making a real come-back. Glad I kept all of mine and my fantastic Technics turntable with the orange strobe-light. I still love analog.
Hey fresno.....long time no see.
I really had high hopes for the format. When places like BB, Virgin, and Tower stopped handling SACD/DVD-A it was clear to me that their wasn't enough interest from the media companies to continue supporting the format.
Even online, it's tough to find multi-ch music sources (AIX is a good one).
So, I quit purchasing SACD and DVD-A disks. I'll keep the ones I've got. But, I'm no longer chasing any new disks.
I know in my local BB, the CD and DVD aisles are getting smaller. While the BD aisles are getting bigger. We can see where this is going.
I had a killer 2-channel system at one point (Thorens, Maggie 1.6, Conrad Johnson) based on vinyl. It was a little ritual playing it, though. Pull out the vinyl, clean it, clamp it to the turntable, set the stylus down, sit down in the sweet spot and listen. 15 minutes later, get up, flip over the vinyl, clean it, clamp it, set the stylus down, again.
Maybe I'm getting lazy. CDs are to the point where they sound pretty good. And players are handling them well (which wasn't the case 10 years ago). The world is (has) gone to downloads as the vehicle of choice (and all the inherent gotchas involved).
Even with vinyl, there were well mastered, good sounding records. And then, there were "stinkers". Some were really good pressings. Some were noisy and lacking in S/N ratios and dynamic range. I've put vinyl behind me, too.
Sorry.....I kind of hijacked the thread to hypothesize.
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