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post #7711 of 9848
Patricia Barber: Modern Cool on Blu-ray (importCD.com), and awaiting 2 SACDs of Charles Ives' 4 symphonies (Hyperion, from ArkivMusic.com). Been buying a lot more SACDs lately since aquiring an SCD-XA5400ES used from Audiogon, one of the nicest pieces of audio equipment I've ever owned cool.gif
post #7712 of 9848
You'll really enjoy the Patricia Barber Blu Ray.
post #7713 of 9848
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Originally Posted by pepar View Post


I don't understand why a company would release a stereo only version of a title that had already been redone in multichannel.

Jeff

Most of us would prefer multichannel releases but many "audiophiles" have two channel only systems. The stereo mix of the Mercury/Polydor SACD is not very well regarded for its SQ. So MOFI decided to release a new SACD mastered from the original master tapes. From what I have read on the Steve Hoffman forum the new SACD is getting excellent reviews. Some have gone as far as to say it might be the definitive stereo digital version of Eat a Peach. I like to listen to music in surround and also in stereo. So after reading the reviews on SH I bought the MOFI SACD real quick. I prefer to listen to some multichannel (3,4 and 5 channel) SACDs I have especially jazz titles in stereo. To each his own I guess smile.gif.

Bill
post #7714 of 9848
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

Most of us would prefer multichannel releases but many "audiophiles" have two channel only systems. The stereo mix of the Mercury/Polydor SACD is not very well regarded for its SQ. So MOFI decided to release a new SACD mastered from the original master tapes. From what I have read on the Steve Hoffman forum the new SACD is getting excellent reviews. Some have gone as far as to say it might be the definitive stereo digital version of Eat a Peach. I like to listen to music in surround and also in stereo. So after reading the reviews on SH I bought the MOFI SACD real quick. I prefer to listen to some multichannel (3,4 and 5 channel) SACDs I have especially jazz titles in stereo. To each his own I guess smile.gif. Bill

MCA for me SACD IN 5.1 only will do for me, Blu Ray from 2L are the best smile.gif
post #7715 of 9848
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Originally Posted by glangford View Post

You'll really enjoy the Patricia Barber Blu Ray.
I did, was fantastic :-) Picked up Cafe Blue on HDCD as well, which I also enjoyed a lot
post #7716 of 9848
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

Most of us would prefer multichannel releases but many "audiophiles" have two channel only systems. The stereo mix of the Mercury/Polydor SACD is not very well regarded for its SQ. So MOFI decided to release a new SACD mastered from the original master tapes. From what I have read on the Steve Hoffman forum the new SACD is getting excellent reviews. Some have gone as far as to say it might be the definitive stereo digital version of Eat a Peach. I like to listen to music in surround and also in stereo. So after reading the reviews on SH I bought the MOFI SACD real quick. I prefer to listen to some multichannel (3,4 and 5 channel) SACDs I have especially jazz titles in stereo. To each his own I guess smile.gif.

Bill
IIRC the first SACD releases were in stereo only and the first players that Sony made were only capable of stereo. It wasn't until DVD A came out in MC that we started to see SACD released in MC. I'm with you on jazz in stereo. Sounds great.
post #7717 of 9848
Just purchased Dave Brubeck Time Out SACD. Also purchased Elaine Elias, I Thought about You a tribute to Chet Baker, a new release on hdtracks (96/24).
post #7718 of 9848
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

Most of us would prefer multichannel releases but many "audiophiles" have two channel only systems. The stereo mix of the Mercury/Polydor SACD is not very well regarded for its SQ. So MOFI decided to release a new SACD mastered from the original master tapes. From what I have read on the Steve Hoffman forum the new SACD is getting excellent reviews. Some have gone as far as to say it might be the definitive stereo digital version of Eat a Peach. I like to listen to music in surround and also in stereo. So after reading the reviews on SH I bought the MOFI SACD real quick. I prefer to listen to some multichannel (3,4 and 5 channel) SACDs I have especially jazz titles in stereo. To each his own I guess smile.gif.

Bill
I was thinking that MCH titles down-mix to stereo simply giving the listener the benefit of the remixed sound quality on their 2-ch system. Anyway, I suppose I should step up and pick one up so I can "see" for myself.

edit: Alrighty, I pre-ordered and look forward to comparing the sound quality of this to the MCH down-mixed to stereo.

Jeff
post #7719 of 9848


John Hammond - Rough and Tough was waiting for me when I got home from work. A nice treat to start off the shortened work week.

As you might expect from a guy doing a bunch of blues covers (and a few of his own) with just a guitar and harmonica there isn't a lot of surround mix here. What you do get is a sound that just kind of fills the room, at times I almost could see myself sitting out on the porch with Mr. Hammond as he hammers out the songs.

I would strongly recommend, especially if you like delta style blues.
post #7720 of 9848
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Originally Posted by glangford View Post

You'll really enjoy the Patricia Barber Blu Ray.

i bought it off of all the glowing recommendations here. should've listened to her music on youtube first. i agree that the sound quality is awesome but the music.......not digging it. maybe i'll try and listen some more and see if it grows on me.
post #7721 of 9848
I recieved my Dire Straits BIA SACD today. It sounds really great. Nice clean bass and the vocals are clean and powerful. A little bright just as Bill described it but I can turn down the tweeters of my Revels and it balanced it out pretty good. Overall very happy with it smile.gif
Edited by comfynumb - 5/29/13 at 12:53pm
post #7722 of 9848
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Originally Posted by glangford View Post

Just purchased Dave Brubeck Time Out SACD. Also purchased Elaine Elias, I Thought about You a tribute to Chet Baker, a new release on hdtracks (96/24).
Have owned the Sony multichannel SACDs of the Dave Brubeck and Miles Davis' Kind of Blue for a few years now. Was floored how good they sounded considering they were both recorded in 1959
post #7723 of 9848
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Originally Posted by pepar View Post

I was thinking that MCH titles down-mix to stereo simply giving the listener the benefit of the remixed sound quality on their 2-ch system. Anyway, I suppose I should step up and pick one up so I can "see" for myself.

edit: Alrighty, I pre-ordered and look forward to comparing the sound quality of this to the MCH down-mixed to stereo.

Jeff

Jeff,

I'm kind of confused with the above. With the Mercury/Polydor Eat a Peach SACD you would down-mix the 5.1 layer to stereo instead of listening to the stereo SACD layer? If you normally do this have you compared the SQ of both? I'm curious if 5.1 down-mixed to stereo would sound better than the stereo SACD layer. So one would have to setup their SACD player to down-mix for the 5.1 layer?

Bill
post #7724 of 9848
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

Jeff,

I'm kind of confused with the above. With the Mercury/Polydor Eat a Peach SACD you would down-mix the 5.1 layer to stereo instead of listening to the stereo SACD layer? If you normally do this have you compared the SQ of both? I'm curious if 5.1 down-mixed to stereo would sound better than the stereo SACD layer. So one would have to setup their SACD player to down-mix for the 5.1 layer?

Bill
I have only ever seen two titles in hi-res where the STEREO mix had been re-done - ELP and ELP Tarkus. In all other instances, the stereo mix was the original mix - maybe remastered - and upconverted to a hi-res format. Re-mastering can improve an old stereo mix, but only re-visiting the multitrack masters and moving forward from there with today's digital technology can unlock all of the quality that is available. In the analog domain, the original stereo mix has lost some sound quality present on the multitrack masters. This is my major pet peeve with all of these stereo SACD releases. Better than Redbook? OK, probably. But only incrementally so. My theory will likely be verified or refuted when MoFi Eat A Peach shows up. I think the downmixed 5.1 Eat A Peach will sound best, the remastered stereo MoFi will be next with the stereo layer from the Merc/Polydor coming in third.

I think the downmixing must happen in the receiver/processor ... I think. Trying to output stereo from the player will probably result in the stereo layer being outputted. I need to look into it more.

Jeff

edit: Remixing from the original multtrack masters means, along with the original performance being preserved in its highest state, all of the effects, reverb, echo, thickening, etc, are done on today's gear. Remastering the original stereo mix cannot improve those things any more than the incremental overall improvement. And there was some very crude effects gear back in the day.
Edited by pepar - 5/29/13 at 2:12pm
post #7725 of 9848
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Originally Posted by holt7153 View Post

http://www.sa-cd.net/showtitle/1911

That version was waiting for me when I got back from Bimini last night. Need to listen to it this evening.
post #7726 of 9848
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

That version was waiting for me when I got back from Bimini last night. Need to listen to it this evening.

You're in for a treat with Mountain Jam. The mix really makes it feel like you're dead center at the show.
post #7727 of 9848
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

Most of us would prefer multichannel releases but many "audiophiles" have two channel only systems. The stereo mix of the Mercury/Polydor SACD is not very well regarded for its SQ. So MOFI decided to release a new SACD mastered from the original master tapes. From what I have read on the Steve Hoffman forum the new SACD is getting excellent reviews. Some have gone as far as to say it might be the definitive stereo digital version of Eat a Peach. I like to listen to music in surround and also in stereo. So after reading the reviews on SH I bought the MOFI SACD real quick. I prefer to listen to some multichannel (3,4 and 5 channel) SACDs I have especially jazz titles in stereo. To each his own I guess smile.gif.

Bill

I just listened to the non-MoFi Eat A Peach disc. I thought it sounded INCREDIBLE. The surround mix is awesome.
post #7728 of 9848
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Originally Posted by holt7153 View Post

You're in for a treat with Mountain Jam. The mix really makes it feel like you're dead center at the show.

Ok...Time to turn off the TV and turn on the jams!
post #7729 of 9848
Does anyone know if the upcoming MFSL release of Brothers and Sisters will be MCH? I cannot find anything on the Music Direct or MFSL sites.

I was disappointed with the recent MFSL 2 channel AB debut album.
post #7730 of 9848
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Originally Posted by WillyJ View Post

Does anyone know if the upcoming MFSL release of Brothers and Sisters will be MCH? I cannot find anything on the Music Direct or MFSL sites.

I was disappointed with the recent MFSL 2 channel AB debut album.

The Brothers and Sisters MOFI SACD will be stereo only. I believe all recent MOFI SACDs are stereo only.

Bill
post #7731 of 9848
Just bought:

Jimmie Lee Robinson - All My Life APO SACD

Herb Ellis and Joe Pass - Seven, Come Eleven DVD-A

I have been wanting to buy both of these titles as Acoustic Sounds have both in stock for great prices. So with AS's Memorial Day 10% off sale I couldn't resist smile.gif. I thought for the longest time that AS's shipping charges were a bit high. But seeing that many titles from Amazon are now $3.99 per title for shipping paying $7.45 (FedEx) from AS for multiple titles isn't that bad.

Bill
post #7732 of 9848
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

..... will be stereo only. I believe all recent MOFI SACDs are stereo only.

Bill

Thanks Bill. I think I will pass on this one. I have this one on vinyl and CD so I don't see the need for the SACD. The MFSL AB debut reissue was really not worth the $30 paid IMO.

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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

............But seeing that many titles from Amazon are now $3.99 per title for shipping paying $7.45 (FedEx) from AS for multiple titles isn't that bad.

Bill
I use Amazon Prime. It is a heck of a deal if you buy a lot of music. Quicker shipping and they offer easier returns. Plus you get the Amazon Prime free video streaming.
post #7733 of 9848
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

Just bought:
Jimmie Lee Robinson - All My Life APO SACDCD

Herb Ellis and Joe Pass - Seven, Come Eleven DVD-A

I have been wanting to buy both of these titles as Acoustic Sounds have both in stock for great prices. So with AS's Memorial Day 10% off sale I couldn't resist smile.gif. I thought for the longest time that AS's shipping charges were a bit high. But seeing that many titles from Amazon are now $3.99 per title for shipping paying $7.45 (FedEx) from AS for multiple titles isn't that bad.

Bill

$12.50 for this SACD? That right?
post #7734 of 9848
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Originally Posted by WillyJ View Post

Does anyone know if the upcoming MFSL release of Brothers and Sisters will be MCH? I cannot find anything on the Music Direct or MFSL sites.

I was disappointed with the recent MFSL 2 channel AB debut album.

I would bet that MoFi will NEVER remix from the original multitrack masters and release a MCH title.

Jeff
post #7735 of 9848
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Originally Posted by Boston007 View Post

$12.50 for this SACD? That right?

Yes, that is correct. Not a bad price for an APO SACD smile.gif.

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Originally Posted by pepar View Post

I would bet that MoFi will NEVER remix from the original multitrack masters and release a MCH title.

Jeff

I would say that would be a good bet smile.gif. None of MOFI's recent SACDs have been multichannel so I would not expect that to change.

Just bought:

Sam Cooke - The Best Of Sam Cooke APO SACD

Bill
post #7736 of 9848

I refuse to buy SACD unless they are MC, with 7 Marlan heads I love multichannel :)

post #7737 of 9848
I'm more irritated with the shipping fees at the moment. I want to buy a stack of In Living Stereo SACD's and moviemars has a lot of them for a solid price. So I emailed them about combining the shipping fees and they declined. Real lame to pay $3.99 per disc, when the discs are only $7-8 a pop.
post #7738 of 9848
Would you feel better paying $10 a disk and $1 for shipping smile.gif
post #7739 of 9848
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Originally Posted by wse View Post

I refuse to buy SACD unless they are MC, with 7 Marlan heads I love multichannel smile.gif

Thats cool smile.gif. But IMO you are missing out on some excellent stereo SACDs. I enjoy listening to both multichannel and stereo music. By the way what is a "Marlan head"?

Bill
post #7740 of 9848
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Originally Posted by gloco View Post

I'm more irritated with the shipping fees at the moment. I want to buy a stack of In Living Stereo SACD's and moviemars has a lot of them for a solid price. So I emailed them about combining the shipping fees and they declined. Real lame to pay $3.99 per disc, when the discs are only $7-8 a pop.

Checkout Barnes and Noble as they have the Living Stereo SACDs for $9.49 with free shipping on orders over $25. Barnes and Noble had a killer sale awhile back on the Living Stereo SACDs at under $6 each. So I would keep and eye out for future sales.

Bill
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