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post #31 of 595
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Originally Posted by elee532 View Post

Any reccomendations on an AIX disk to try? Their selection doesn't quite match up with my musical tastes. However, after reading the many rave reviews and now with the offer of the free sample, I've just got to pick up one of their disks. I'm generally a rock 'n roll type of guy (Procupine Tree, Peter Gabriel, REM, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, etc. are in heavy rotation in my hi-rez player currently).

Thanks for any thoughts.

My picks to try for a first timer:
Laurence Juber's - Guitar Noir
The AIX All Stars - Surrounded By Christmas

Laurence Juber's guitar playing is in a class all it's own. He's highly regarded.

The last one is just right for the Winter Holidays and sounds great! When you have friends and family over for the Holidays and you want to impress folks with your surround audio setup, this is it.

-t
post #32 of 595
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Don't forget Carl Verheyen's Rumor Mill or his new one Take One Step...both have lots of rockin' tracks. He's the guitarist with Supertramp all those years and an incredible player. There are samples on the web site.
post #33 of 595
While I am enjoying the two albums I bought (Firebird Suite and the a capella singing disc) and also the two samplers, I am not sure what other titles to purchase. The samplers are enjoyable but nothing in there makes me want to buy anything more. I just wish this technology and care could be applied to more mainstream artists or in the case of classical, more repertoire.

I sort of liked Laurence Juber but got distracted by the fret noise in all its MLP clarity!

Larry
post #34 of 595
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There may be hope that one of the major labels or an individual artist will learn about our productions and seek our input on a recording. That's what happened with Wallace Roney and his quintet...again not the biggest artist but a Grammy winner and terrific trumpet player.

I'm a big fan of acoustic music and love the Laurence Juber, The Brand New Opry, Nitty Gritty Surround and Jonathan McEuen...of and Dorian Michael. The Ernest Ranglin - ORder of Distinction with Monty Alexander is a great reggae/jazz project but again not the mainstream.

Thanks for the input Larry...
post #35 of 595
I have 12 AIX plus the two free samplers. If I had to recommend only two, I'd say "Brand New Opry", for one. The songs are all good, and two or three are great. The video was shot using HD cameras, and it really does make for a better picture, even on these standard definition disks. I really feel that this disk, overall, including the video, puts it on a par with "Rumors". The other one I strongly recommend is "I Get Surround" by the Surf City Allstars. Just great surfer music, which I have always liked, and then with the great fidelity, it's wonderful.
If you like classical at all, and it can grow on you, try Bach's Brandenburg Concerto. You are right there in 1750 or so in a European concert hall, drinking in the genius, the fun, the playfulness, and the power of Bach. I love the way he had them drum on the harpsichord for a while, then let up and let the rest of the musicians do their thing for a while, then resume the drumming on the harpsichord. They didn't seem to use drums yet in classical music, and the harpsichord sort of provided the driving rhythm that drums provide in our music today. This piece is EXUBERANT! In the mid 1700's, intellectual life in Europe was sizzling. New discoveries were coming fast and furious- detailed understanding of how the solar system worked, progress in chemistry, anatomy, mechanical inventions. This music reflects that sense of rapid intellectual progress. I highly recommend it. This disk is Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 3 and 5. I have all six on a Barclay-Crocker tape, still sealed in its plastic wrap. I'll be unsealing it soon.
Note to Dr. Waldrep: I have a DVD-Video entitled "Ricky Nelson Sings", a compilation of him singing from the Ozzie and Harriet shows. It contains a couple of songs done by his sons Matthew, Gunnar and Sam Nelson, in vastly improved fidelity, of course. The great James Burton appears with them. (He's aged a little since the 60's, whereas I havn't). Keying off your productions of the Surf City Allstars and of Mel Torme's son, I suggest you think of doing one with Rick's sons. They are really good. I believe they perform(ed) as The Nelsons. If you could get James Burton for it too, it would be a gem. If they just performed Rick's great hits, I would be delighted. I was a huge Ricky Nelson fan, graduating from HS in 1960. It would be a disk aimed squarly at the Baby Boomers, all 73 million of them or whatever. I have always felt that James Burton was a genius. I saw a tape of him accompanying Elvis in Las Vegas, so Ricky and Elvis both hired him. Pretty strong recommendations.
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Originally Posted by lchiu7 View Post

While I am enjoying the two albums I bought (Firebird Suite and the a capella singing disc) and also the two samplers, I am not sure what other titles to purchase. The samplers are enjoyable but nothing in there makes me want to buy anything more. I just wish this technology and care could be applied to more mainstream artists or in the case of classical, more repertoire.

I sort of liked Laurence Juber but got distracted by the fret noise in all its MLP clarity!

Larry
post #36 of 595
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Originally Posted by fresno1232001 View Post

I have 12 AIX plus the two free samplers. If I had to recommend only two, I'd say "Brand New Opry", for one. The songs are all good, and two or three are great. The video was shot using HD cameras, and it really does make for a better picture, even on these standard definition disks. I really feel that this disk, overall, including the video, puts it on a par with "Rumors". The other one I strongly recommend is "I Get Surround" by the Surf City Allstars. Just great surfer music, which I have always liked, and then with the great fidelity, it's wonderful.
If you like classical at all, and it can grow on you, try Bach's Brandenburg Concerto. You are right there in 1750 or so in a European concert hall, drinking in the genius, the fun, the playfulness, and the power of Bach. .

I have listened to the Surf City Allstars sample on the web and also the sampler on the disc. It's quite interesting - just wasn't sure I would like the entire selection and Dean's voice has gone down an octave or so (I guess age affects us all).

I do like Bach and the Brandenburg could be a possibility. Might have to listen to the online sampler again

Larry
post #37 of 595
The sampler does not give you the whole picture by far of Surf City Allstars. Songs "Down at the Beach", "Little Old Lady From Pasadena", and "Sloop John B" arn't on the sampler and they are gems. It has a big, beautiful sound to it and, as I say, it's one of my two favorite Aix, along with Brand New Opry, out of the 12 I have. The Third would be Nitty Gritty Surround. Und Herr Bach ist auf sein Beste on the Brandenburg. Buy these four and you'll not feel cheated. BTW, if you order over $100 worth, shipping is free. I don't think these four quite add to $100. So to put you over the $100 mark, I'd buy one more and, in effect, apply the shipping you would pay to the price of the fifth selection. For just over $100 that is a very nice package and a LOT of stunning fidelity.
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Originally Posted by lchiu7 View Post

I have listened to the Surf City Allstars sample on the web and also the sampler on the disc. It's quite interesting - just wasn't sure I would like the entire selection and Dean's voice has gone down an octave or so (I guess age affects us all).

I do like Bach and the Brandenburg could be a possibility. Might have to listen to the online sampler again

Larry
post #38 of 595
Just received a bunch of aix dvd-audio disks that I ordered, and I can't figure out what player to use in order to play the dvd-audio side. My old audigy2 card had it's own dedicated player that would play them without downsampling the audio. However I can't find any player to use with my xm card. I have tried windvd, wmp, powerdvd 7.3ultra and none will allow playback. I went to the xm site, hoping to find a dedicated player but didn't see one there either.

Does this mean I am screwed when it comes to dvd-audio on my xm card?
Man, that would be such a shame.....
post #39 of 595
To go along with the 6 titles I already have, I just ordered:

The Grant Geissman Quintet - There and Back Again
Paul Smith - Jazz Piano Trio
The 'Free' Sampler

Mark - Thanks for a great deal on some great music. Hopefully you can find a good replacement for Joplin. I emailed her good luck a while ago
post #40 of 595
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Originally Posted by PaulT_BC View Post

To go along with the 6 titles I already have, I just ordered:

The Grant Geissman Quintet - There and Back Again
Paul Smith - Jazz Piano Trio
The 'Free' Sampler

Mark - Thanks for a great deal on some great music. Hopefully you can find a good replacement for Joplin. I emailed her good luck a while ago

The Paul Smith disc is a gem!
I'm happy I bought that one on a chance.

-t
post #41 of 595
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We created the sampler that went with the Audigy 2 card from Creative. I'm not sure whether their new cards support the DVD-Audio format...but that's where iTrax.com comes in. You'll be able to download the files that you want from the site and play at whatever resolution you want.

The Paul Smith is a really great title and one of the first that we produced. On the same day, we captured Luis Conte, David Garfield and David Carpenter...the Latin Jazz Trio. That one is still one of my favorites.
post #42 of 595
I received my AIX order this weekend, and I am very impressed with the sound quality. Its definetly top notch.

I got Laurence Juber's - Guitar Noir, and both the free Samplers. The samplers are great because they give you a good feel for what each Artist sounds like, AND it makes for a great demo disk. There are many types of music and it is all very well done.

If you like the types of music that AIX offers, it is well worth getting a couple of thier offerings and the samplers. The sound quality is amazing.
post #43 of 595
Too bad my Phillips DVD963SA player supports SACD but not DVDA.
post #44 of 595
I also received my disks this weekend and have spent the last few days just listening to them and enjoying every minute. It's definately not my type of music, but the fidelity more than makes up for the music style.

I ordered guitar noir, cheryl bentyne, and both sample disks. All provide very good sound. Frankly I have never heard 5.1 sound that was so enveloping. I can see why these disks have won so many awards, and I'm certain the new download website is going to be a huge hit.

I'm going to relisten to a few of the disks tonight prior to going to difinitive audio either tomorrow or the next day. I want to pick out my favorites, and a few that don't sound quite right on my system. That way I can go hear these on a wilson, and b&w system that is setup properly by the real experts. I can't even begin to imagine what it's going to sound like on an ultra high end setup.

Also, I can confirm that you can use windvd 7 on vista to be able to playback the dvd-audio side of the disk. Dr. Aix was correct, no matter how hard I tried I could not hear a difference between the 96 and 192 audio tracks.
post #45 of 595
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Let the folks at Definitive know that I'll be there as part of the HTSA's audio boot camp on Monday and Tuesday. I'm bringing some of my latest discs...ones that aren't yet finished.

Thanks for the positive comments...it's posting like those on AVS that make me keep doing this...there is no profit from selling discs one at a time. My hope is that people involved in the music production chain [from artist, producer, engineer and label] will realize that music doesn't have to be constrained by 2-channels and limited dynamics.
post #46 of 595
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Originally Posted by dreamhost View Post

Just received a bunch of aix dvd-audio disks that I ordered, and I can't figure out what player to use in order to play the dvd-audio side. My old audigy2 card had it's own dedicated player that would play them without downsampling the audio. However I can't find any player to use with my xm card. I have tried windvd, wmp, powerdvd 7.3ultra and none will allow playback. I went to the xm site, hoping to find a dedicated player but didn't see one there either.

Does this mean I am screwed when it comes to dvd-audio on my xm card?
Man, that would be such a shame.....

I'm playing MLP 5.1 with a modded X-Meridian analog out into multi channel in on a HTR 6090 using PDVD ultra. PDVD information window says 8000 kB/sec.

Played the Brandenburg 3, 5 disc. Sounds like the harpsichord is sitting in the living room.
post #47 of 595
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Originally Posted by chavel View Post

I'm playing MLP 5.1 with a modded X-Meridian analog out into multi channel in on a HTR 6090 using PDVD ultra. PDVD information window says 8000 kB/sec.

Played the Brandenburg 3, 5 disc. Sounds like the harpsichord is sitting in the living room.

Pdvd 7.3ultra will play the dvd-video side of the disk just fine and yes, I get the same information in the window. It's the dvd-audio side of the disk that it can't play. At least I get an error trying to play it. I was able to get windvd 7 to play the dvdaudio side just fine. I was only trying to see if I could hear a difference between the 192 and 96 tracks, which requires dvd-audio. By the way, I could not hear a difference. That really speaks to just how well the 96 is recorded, that or my ears are not as 'golden' as I thought they were lol....
post #48 of 595
Dr AIX: do you ship your discs to Canada?

On this disc (AIX Records: DVD-Audio/Video Start Here - A Demonstration and Test Disc) under:
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Group 4 [192 kHz/24-bits/2.0 - PCM]

* Michael/McEuen Sonnies Stomp
* Chopin Polonaise Brillante

I see 192/24 stereo is listed but on their individual webpages it is 96/24 stereo - so are they 192/24 stereo?

I know DVD-A supports 192/24 stereo but if recordings were 96/24 is there any point having 192/24 in the encode?
post #49 of 595
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Originally Posted by Kilian.ca View Post

do you ship your discs to Canada?

I can answer this one as I placed a recent order through http://www.aixrecords.com :

Definately 'yes'.

The shipping to Canada is as follows:

1 disc = $9
2 discs = $11
3 and 4 discs = $12
5 discs = $14
6 discs = $16

BTW I was not charged shipping for the Sampler disc when I ordered enough to get it free.
post #50 of 595
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Originally Posted by PaulT_BC View Post

I can answer this one as I placed a recent order through http://www.aixrecords.com :

Definately 'yes'.

The shipping to Canada is as follows:

1 disc = $9

Thanks for the info. I must say $9 for one disc is a bit steep when it only costs $1.40 to send a CD via air mail from the US to Canada in a bubble bag.
post #51 of 595
Pays to order more then

Fair comment though. musicdirect and acousticsounds have high or higher rates to Canada.
I'm paying 1200Yen (about 12CAD) for EMS delivery of Japanese SACD's per disc from Tokyo to Vernon.

General eBay rates are 3.50 - 6.00USD per disc to Canada these days.
FWIW some titles from aix are available through amazon.ca:
http://t i n y u r l.com/yr596c remove spaces the filter at AVS is munging the URL
amazon.com has more titles with OK rates.

I have also picked up a couple on eBay and now directly through the aixrecords website for titles I have wanted but cannot find elsewhere. I was quite surprised at the rates, but have seen worse
post #52 of 595
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THe Start Here disc has a couple of 192 kHz/24-bit examples in stereo, however, they are the only examples at that spec. Everything the we have released is 96 kHz/24-bits.

Just returned from a very busy HE 2007 show in New York CIty...and got to meet a bunch of AVS folks...and we sold out of just about everything. Got home late last night and am now off to HTSA meeting in Seattle. Back on Wed.
post #53 of 595
Dr Waldrep: I am shopping for two surround speakers. On Friday, May 11, 2007 I heard some at the stand-alone Magnolia store on University Ave. in Palo Alto, Calif. I told them all about your great disks, and had them bring up your site on their computer. I gave them a five minute sales talk and told them which disks I like the best. I'll be back over there before long and I'll take a couple Aix in with me. I want to hear them on the superb equipment they have. One rack had three big Macintosh pieces, incl a 500 watt per ch. amp. Out of 6 or 7 speaker brands I heard, the Monitor Audio RS8 speakers sounded pretty good, on sale at $1398 a pair. I'll hear them again on next trip. If you could recommend surround speakers at $2,000 or less per pair, I'd sure like to know what you recommend.
BTW, see the review of the Denon AVR-2307CI receiver headlined on AVS forum today. Under listening tests, he discusses one of your disks near the end as one he used as a test.
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Originally Posted by Dr. AIX View Post

THe Start Here disc has a couple of 192 kHz/24-bit examples in stereo, however, they are the only examples at that spec. Everything the we have released is 96 kHz/24-bits.

Just returned from a very busy HE 2007 show in New York CIty...and got to meet a bunch of AVS folks...and we sold out of just about everything. Got home late last night and am now off to HTSA meeting in Seattle. Back on Wed.
post #54 of 595
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I've been out of town at the HE 2007 and in Seattle demoing and discussing HD Audio at Definitive Audio [a great store with great people!].

I haven't got much time this morning but I can tell you that I am a huge fan of B&W speakers...and have 805s at my home in the left and right surround positions.

More later.
post #55 of 595
Everyone, do yourself a favor and get the sampler disc. Great sounding recordings and some fine music too. Then , go and order what you enjoy most. I got the Hanna-McEuen ,"tried and True" and Brahms Piano Quintet. There are several other discs I will order when the credit card permits. What I like most, is the full range of dynamics with very no compression.The instruments sound alive ,not coming from speakers.Fine track from the sampler, "My Boy Lollipop", Ernest Ranglin with Alana Davis on vocals, what a trip...
post #56 of 595
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Thanks for the positive comments...obviously, I couldn't agree more. I'll share a couple of quick stories that occured during my trip to the HE 2006 show and in Seattle during an audio boot camp sponsored by the HTSA [Home Theater Specialists of America].

An NYPD cop came to the table in NY and decided he would check out a couple of our titles on Friday. I think he purchased Laurence Juber and the new Carl Verheyen Band. He took them home, played them and then came back on Saturday to purchase a few more. He was thrilled at the fidelity in his system. On Saturday evening, he played them for some of his friends and on Sunday returned with them to clean me out. Just about everything was gone by that time...but they needed more. This morning I recevied an email with an order for another dozen discs. I would say he's hooked on HD Audio.

In Seattle, there were presentations be some very interesting presenters about amplifiers, selling techniques and other topics important to high end specialty shops...very cool demo and discussions, but the focus was on standard definition CD quality music in 2-channels. There was even a session on how to improve the quality of iPods to the level of CDs using good quality amps etc.

I had the group on the second day sit in the big home theater [B&W 803Ds all around] and played tracks from our sampler and a new custom disc of new stuff that's not yet available....in 5.1 surround. Obviously, I'm an advocate of HD Surround Music but they got it right away. In demoing to new customers or even existing guys, play them something that takes the experience to a whole new level. It is always great fun to watch the reactions.

The Hanna-McEuen disc is one of our most recent...how do you like the tracks. I'm a huge fan of these guys.
post #57 of 595
See the headline article re the Demise of the CD today on AVS forum. If you read the entire article, then click on the forum at the end, on p.2 I just posted a long rave about Aix Records.
Thank you for recommending B and W 805 speakers, Dr. Waldrep. I'll look into them. I may try for 30 days the Axiom M-80s first as surrounds since they get good reviews. Only $1330 a pair.
To move to 5.1, I'm thinking of the new Onkyo Tx-NR905 receiver coming in August, 2007. It will have the best video scaler on the planet. MSRP $2,099. THX Ultra2 certified.
The alternative to the Onkyo would be the Emotiva IPS-1 7 channel power amp ($1199) and the successor to the MMC-1 pre pro coming in Jan. 2008 (also probably $1199). So $2,400 at worst, not much more than the Onkyo 905. And Emotiva is selling the IPS-1 amp and the current MMC-1 pre-pro for $2,199 as a pair!!! Just $100 more than the Onkyo will be. The upgrade to the MMC-1 will have HDMI switching and maybe the new hi res audio codecs. If one can get it in a pair for $2,199 I will be very tempted. They look fantastic, and people say they sound that way too. They look and sound like $6,000 apparently.
Congratulations on the good response at the shows. I had the Magnolia guys drooling as I told them about your disks. They thanked me for telling them about them. I had the store manager looking at your site. The average little, and I mean little, pre-war, 3 bedroom, 1 bath house in Palo Alto is $1.1 million, so to spread the word there seems like a good idea. I told my dentist in San Mateo about Aix too and he seemed "mad" that I was tempting him to spend money, but he sure was listening. He "only" lives in Redwood Shores where everything is way over a $ million.
Any news to report re the www.itrax.com site? And any idea of doing a project with Ricky Nelson's sons?
post #58 of 595
After listening to the Brandenburg disc DTS 5.1 and MLP 5.1 tracks with power dvd 7.3 from a X-Meridian Op-Amp modded sound card, I am convinced that MLP over 5.1 analog out sounds significently better than DTS over SPDIF. The difference might have as much to do with the sound card as the audio quality of the 2 recording methods though.
post #59 of 595
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The DTS and MLP mixes both start with the same basic mix...it's only the encoding that is different. I'm not surprised that the MLP "lossless" encodes are better.

I just returned from Definitive Audio in Seattle where I was able to demonstrate some of our recordings using one of their high end systems [Classe and B&W 803D speakers]. I was part of an "audio boot camp" put on by the HTSA in conjunction with the store. It was really gratifying to see so many people that were receptive and understand that there is a difference.

Although, a couple of presenters were all about making MP3 files sound "high end"...I'm not sure I agree with that sentiment. They played a couple of tracks as A-B, as either full resolution vs 129 kbps and had people in the group guess. It was encouraging that most people could tell the difference. After all the CD is 25 years old this year...isn't it about time to move beyond this aging technology.

iTrax.com is coming...news from my programmer is that we're on track. More later...this weekend is grading finals and reading research papers from my university gig. Argh!
post #60 of 595
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Originally Posted by Dr. AIX View Post

Although, a couple of presenters were all about making MP3 files sound "high end"

And that is what is wrong with the music and audio industry these days.
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