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post #121 of 244
Not necessarily in this order but top ten as of this moment:

Fleetwood Mac - Say You Will, Rumors - DVD-A
Pink Floyd - D.S.O.T.M - SACD
Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead and American Beauty - DVD-A
Donald Fagen - Morph the Cat - DVD-A
Bruce Springsteen - Devils and Dust - Dual Disc
Talking Heads- Little Creatures - DVD-A
ELP - Brain Salad Surgery - DVD - A
Steely Dan - Gaucho - DVD-A

Using Oppo 970 HD I am more impressed with DVD-A. A word of caution for on-line buyers....Some of the items listed are listed falsely. They advertise as DVD - A or SACD 5.1 Surround and are actually only 2.0, maybe even worse. Tower.com has many of these discs. I recently returned Neil Young "On the Beach" for this offense. So where is evryone getting a fair shake on these. If I go to the local BB or CC the clerks look at me like I was crazy or worse when I ask for the DVD-A or SACD section and they are NOT mixed in with CDs by artist. If anyone has suggestion or links to direct I will empty my wallet if they have the right selection of 5.1 SACD or DVD-A.

Thanks!
post #122 of 244
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Originally Posted by mikec1015 View Post

So where is evryone getting a fair shake on these. . If anyone has suggestion or links to direct I will empty my wallet if they have the right selection of 5.1 SACD or DVD-A.

Thanks!


I get most of mine at www.circuitcity.com. Free shipping over $24 dollars and you can return at the local store if needed. Pretty good selection and they seem to average around $13.99 a disc. Their descriptions are lacking though so I mostly check www.sa-cd.net or www.amazon.com for the info.

You can also check out www.yourmusic.com. It is part of Sony BMG. They have over 50 sacd and a couple of dvd-a. $6.99 for single disc and $13.99 for doubles, shipping included. Search under album title for dvd audio and (sacd) with parenthesis. I got a bunch of Elton, Dylan, and Kinks discs this way (not all 5.1). Just watch the terms of service, and you may need to find the info elsewhere.
post #123 of 244
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Originally Posted by joshmanley View Post

good input! i have bought a couple off of others recommendations

my personal favorite is Pink Floyd - SACD

but i was shocked to see no mention of the SACD Ludacris "Chicken and Beer"


After all, Josh, this is a " Music Forum "


Bill
post #124 of 244
My top Hi-rez are:

1. Yes Fragile - DVD-A I think the surround mix and the SQ are amazing-My reference
2. Pink Floyd DSOTM - SACD another great surround mix with superb SQ.
3. Cowboy Junkies Whites Off Earth Now - MoFi SACD - My favorite CD on SACD.
4. Steve Pierson and Blues Head Blue Me Away - AIX DVD-A - Very good surround mix and SQ.
5. Jorma Kaukonen Blue Country heart - SACD great music and great SQ.
6. Allman Brothers Eat a Peach - SACD I go into a trance during Mountain Jam, just great.
7. Allman Brothers Filmore East - SACD Great album now with great SQ.
8. Allison Krauss New Favorite - SACD Excellent recording, great SQ.
9. Stevie Ray Vaughan Texas Flood - SACD only two channel but great SQ.
10. ELP Brain Salad Surgery - DVD-A - Hit and miss on some tracks but "Still...You turn me on" blows me away.


Still updating!
post #125 of 244
My list is limited to MCH only as the topic suggest, and only in SACD as I do not own a DVD-A player.

Not in any particular order:

Pink Floyd - The Dark Side
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
Deep Purple - Machine Head
Propaganda - A Secret Wish
Frankie Goes to Hollywood - A Sonic Collection
Police Every - Every Breath You Take
Roxy Music - Avalon
Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
Bryan Ferry - Boys And Girls
Depeche Mode - Violator
Nine Inch Nales - Downward Spiral
Kraftwerk - Minimum - Maximum
Sting - Brand New Day
Joe Satriani - Strange Beautiful Music

Also, Peter Gabriel - Play a DVD with an excellent dts track and Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here dts audio
post #126 of 244
How is that Deep Purple - Machine Head sacd? The sacd and dvd-a are hard to find these days, not sure if I want to overpay for it.
post #127 of 244
Machine Head is quite good. Particularly " Lazy ". You should be able to find it for $30.00 or so.


Bill
post #128 of 244
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Originally Posted by David Scott View Post

How is that Deep Purple - Machine Head sacd? The sacd and dvd-a are hard to find these days, not sure if I want to overpay for it.

David, if you are a DP fan you already know how good Machine Head is ieven n STEREO. In quadro, this is in fact the original 1972 quadraphonic recording, it gets even more oomph. It's a quadro recording so no front with some special effects in the back but four full channels of audio where instruments are placed all around the quadro soundstage. This is one of the best sounding MCH records I have and I am really glad EMI did not mess with it leaving it in the original 4.0 format.
It's definitely worth the money and I only wish more of the original quadro recordings were released on SACD without any alterations. After all, this is how it was intented to be heard and thanks to advances in technology it never sounded so good before.. This is one of those MCH recordings that make listening to stereo tracks so unnapealing afterwards..
post #129 of 244
I just picked up: Marion Meadows "players club" in a hybrid SACD from my local Best Buy and I am very pleased with the recording. If you like smooth jazz and can find this disc, pick it up!! It is well worth it!
post #130 of 244
What is the deal with Hybrid SACD? Are they not as good as SACD or DVD-A?
post #131 of 244
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Originally Posted by Vidmaven View Post

What is the deal with Hybrid SACD? Are they not as good as SACD or DVD-A?

Same. Hybrid simply means that there's an additional CD-player-compatible layer added.
post #132 of 244
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Originally Posted by Kal Rubinson View Post

Same. Hybrid simply means that there's an additional CD-player-compatible layer added.

Cool! Thanks!

This is my first foray into multichannel audio so I wanted to get my facts straight before I spent the $'s.
post #133 of 244
How Do i know if my dvd player can play sacd's (dont wanna waste money on one, and find out I cant)

I have a Sony DVP NS5OP
post #134 of 244
Nope:
" Sony DVPNS50P/S Single DVD Player MP3/JPEG Playback1 (CD-R.RW, DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW) CD (CD/CD-R/CD-RW)/VCR/SVCD DVD/CD"
post #135 of 244
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Originally Posted by Gov View Post

I just picked up: Marion Meadows "players club" in a hybrid SACD from my local Best Buy and I am very pleased with the recording. If you like smooth jazz and can find this disc, pick it up!! It is well worth it!

On your recommendation I picked this up and I totally agree with your mini review. I was not familiar with Marion Meadows but I enjoy a wide variety of good music, especially well recorded surround, and this one will see regular play in my collection. Thanks for mentioning it!
post #136 of 244
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Originally Posted by JBaumgart View Post

On your recommendation I picked this up and I totally agree with your mini review. I was not familiar with Marion Meadows but I enjoy a wide variety of good music, especially well recorded surround, and this one will see regular play in my collection. Thanks for mentioning it!

No problem, I'm glad you enjoy it as much as I do. I love the "smooth jazz" genre and wish there was more multi-channel stuff available. I am expecting Foreplay's DVD audio next week (ordered it off Amazon). Its a great album and the musicians are top notch. I have not been able to find many reviews on it, but I am certain it will sound great!!!!
post #137 of 244
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Originally Posted by Gov View Post

No problem, I'm glad you enjoy it as much as I do. I love the "smooth jazz" genre and wish there was more multi-channel stuff available. I am expecting Foreplay's DVD audio next week (ordered it off Amazon). Its a great album and the musicians are top notch. I have not been able to find many reviews on it, but I am certain it will sound great!!!!

Have that one - it's excellent too.
post #138 of 244
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Originally Posted by grubadub View Post

well, it does sound really good now. naturally, there's variation from disc to disc. now that i have it set up right, goodbye yellow brick road sounds very dynamic. no need to EQ there. dark side of the moon sounds tremendous. the saxophone in "us and them" is almost a religious experience. gaucho sounds incredibly clean. very discrete. almost too discrete. live at fillmore east (allman brothers) is the only one that definitely needs to be EQ'd. so i just listen to it the way i was before. it sounds terrific.

still, it would be nice to be able to apply some changes to the frequency balance in the multichannel mode. so, how much do you have to spend on a receiver to have EQ control over multichannel? is there another way to do it?


Now that your system is setup properly ie, cable connections, receiver settings, etc try speaker placement. It makes a big difference. I have an all Linn system and even slight speaker movement like toe in can be very revealing. I have no need for any EQ on pretty much any disc I play. Of course room acoustics has a lot to do with the final outcome. Good luck!
post #139 of 244
Did anyone like Flaming Lips' At War With the Mystics? thought it was great, I liked it better than Yoshimi in some ways

favorite surround album of the moment is PT's Stupid dream though. Simply awesome.
post #140 of 244
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Originally Posted by SiriuslyCold View Post

Did anyone like Flaming Lips' At War With the Mystics? thought it was great, I liked it better than Yoshimi in some ways

favorite surround album of the moment is PT's Stupid dream though. Simply awesome.

For those who may not have heard, PT will be coming out with a new album in surround - September release date:

http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/mus...pine-tree.html
post #141 of 244
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Originally Posted by JBaumgart View Post

For those who may not have heard, PT will be coming out with a new album in surround - September release date:

http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/mus...pine-tree.html

See also:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=802519
post #142 of 244
I don't many hi-res discs, but this is my order of the ones that I have:

1. Elton John: Good Bye Yellow Brick Road (DVD-A)
2. Pink Floyd: DSOTM (SACD)
3. NIN: Downward Spiral (DVD-A)
4. Police: Every Breath You Take (DTS CD)
5. NIN: With Teeth (DVD-A)
6. Led Zeppelin: How The West Was Won (DVD-A)
7. REM: Greatest Hits (DVD-A)
8. Metallica: Black Album (DVD-A)
post #143 of 244
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Originally Posted by joshmanley View Post

good input! i have bought a couple off of others recommendations

but i was shocked to see no mention of the SACD Ludacris "Chicken and Beer"

Great input. And what is up with "Chicken and Beer" on SACD?? Who made that decision??

Im really suprised nobody has mentioned Norah Jones "Come Away With Me" SACD (hybrid) Excellent Vocals, Great Piano, and Guitar. Or another Fav of mine Bob James Hi-Fi (Hybrid 2Ch only). "Angela" the Theme from Taxi, is a wonderful recording, even if it is only 2 Ch.
post #144 of 244
As for Norah:
There have been complaints that the SACD level was just a reencoding of the cd layer rather than being specifically mastered for SACD. Evidently if you A-B them, there is no difference. Forum discussion

Promised SACD releases of her other albums were announced, and even show up as items in some online retailers (which you can add to cart) but do not exist. Example here Hi-rez Norah Jones practically does not exist. I suppose there's always vinyl.

In a not entirely unrelated note: if anyone knows where I can can get a copy of HN251SACD Peter Malick/Norah Jones "New York City" from HiNote in Taiwan (a subsidiary of Koch Intl.) I would be VERY ($) interested in purchasing one.

Got a copy? Or a lead? Please PM me.
I am aware of the rkrecords.com.tw listing, but it seems to be a dry well, as does www.5music.com.tw. Hkebay has not had listing in the last two months nor has yahoo auctions hk. I have contacted Alan, the engineer who mastered it and he is unaware of it being for sale in any retail outlet. It does definitely exist: at least one member here has a copy. There a couple of reviews online and it is listed at sa-cd.net.
Sa-cd.net review
Announcement of release
post #145 of 244
Interesting. I've never A-B'ed the Norah SACD. I might have to do that tonight.
post #146 of 244
Well I A-B the Norah SACD last night. The Mulitch..sounds like they just took the CD layer and added some rear surround processing to it. Not impressive at all. Im more of 2 CH guy so I never paid it any attention until now. The 2CH SACD layer is excellent. Much better than the SACD Multi layer and the Redbook layer. It still is a very nice SACD just for the 2CH layer. IMO.
post #147 of 244
I'm new to DVD-A, DVD Audio and Surround Sound Music. Of course, I've experienced it, for a long time, on DVD Videos as sound tracks on my 5.1 DTS/Dolby Digital Home Theater audio system.

I finally took the plunge when I received a gift card and decided to be decadent and spend $22 for a music disc (never come close to that much for a single disc). Here's what I picked for my first disc:

SPATIAL DYNAMICS - Music Experience in 3-Dimensional Sound Reality TM, DTS ES 5.1 and 6.1 Extended Surround Music Disc.

by Alexander Jero (Surround Records)

I think this is an awesome disc if you like Techno music, electronic music, MIDI music, synthesizer instrumental music, etc. I find this album very powerful and moving. The first track, "Last Count" I find a little hard to like, but all the other tracks are amazing.

I'm surprised to find nothing in AVS Forums when I search for the artist, "Jero." He seems to have many Surround discs out including interpretive classical, jazz, dance, etc.

Anyone have any opinions about Jero, his albums, or this album in particular?

Avio
post #148 of 244
Hello all,

I look at High Fidelity for SACD reviews : http://www.highfidelityreview.com/index.asp. And, it's so encouraging to see there are lots of SACD titles being produced now. A favorite is TELARC, http://www.telarc.com/. I've gotten ffrom them: Hiromi's stuff (excellent!) and Marion Meadows for jazz, Donald Runnicles/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for a few classical titles. And if you really want to test your system, try Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Christmas music (yeah, I know, kind of religious - but WOW listening to it as a musical piece will blow you away). I also own Diana Krall...superb!

I am very biased towards SACD over DVD-A. The recording equipment using DSD is outstanding.

Marcus
post #149 of 244
Looking for info, good or bad on these two disks that I've been looking at buying...

Wondering if anyone has listened to either one of these and cares to comment on how they sounded.

Frank Zappa - Quaudiophiliac

Mannheim Steamroller - Home Theater Demo Featuring: Mannheim Steamroller

Both DVD-A .

-t
post #150 of 244
Quadiophiliac's quite good imho......it's well worth checking out.
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