Originally Posted by pepar
Mistaken conflation, or purposeful to support your position?
You start with the sampling/bit-depth issue but quickly move to the medium itself. True, there are digital deniers, but if I see someone selling multiple versions of content .. originally recorded in analog .. with increasingly higher/deeper rates/bits ... and with escalating prices. Well, caveat emptor.
No intent to conflate, but why worry that people will be "confused" by the existence of HD reissues of analog masterpieces otherwise? It only poses two possible dangers:
1) Dilution of market share by tempting consumers with better copies of lots of music they already love, and
2) Support for the deniers.
As #1 is not a valid complaint to anyone who doesn't have a financial interest in new recordings, that leaves #2, which is what I addressed.
Are you sorry you bought your SACDs of:
Allman Brothers: Eat a Peach
Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms
Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Madman Across the Water
Pink Floyd: Dark Side of The Moon
Rolling Stones: Between the Buttons
Doobie Brothers: Takin'
It to The Streets
Moody Blues: A Question of Balance
Days of Future Passed
Every Good Boy Deserves Favor
In Search of the Lost Chord
On the Threshhold of a Dream
To Our Children's Children's Children
Di Meiola/McLaughlin/DeLucia: Friday Night in San Francisco
[Many of the SACDs listed on your link don't list the original recording technology. These are just those explicitly labeled there as having been recorded analog or from the era before digital.]
Not sorry you bought most of them? That's my point.
To say that getting the clearest possible versions of older recordings is a shuck and a con, and that no one should sell anything not recorded digitally in the first place, is to elevate form over content and to express a willingness to strand older masterpieces in imperfect copies.
Price, and the value an individual places on a particular recording, is another issue entirely - but there's too much categorical condemnation of selling upgrade reissues that even Dr. AIX agrees are as good as the master tapes (see his post #455
in this thread).
Crazy Aunt Terwilliger in Daniel Pinkwater's The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Doom
, a wickedly funny "children's book" (hah!), railed against anyone listening to opera although she spent all night and day doing so herself.