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post #8911 of 9850
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Originally Posted by glangford View Post

New SACD up for preorder on Amazon. Boz Scaggs. I've preordered it. It's scheduled for release Dec 17.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G3BRC2E/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=AAKMJ76VSNLV&coliid=I1Q5OHOANH9E3W

I'm all over this one when it is released. If anyone is a Boz Scaggs or Duane Allman fan this is a must have SACD to buy. I never bought this album but I have the epic track Loan Me a Dime from one of the Duane Allman anthologies. That tune alone is a good enough reason to buy this SACD smile.gif.

Bill
post #8912 of 9850
I listened to the In the Court of the Crimson King DVD-A this morning. My listening session was interrupted by my neighbor calling me to tell me there was a small fire in the woods behind my house eek.gif. Well the small fire got a bit larger so the local fire department was needed. So after all the excitement I sat back down to finish the KC DVD-A. One of the first things I noticed was the lack of bass. I was like "where's the bass" (cue up the old Wendy's ad wink.gif). I listened to the entire DVD-A and I thought it was good but not anything that I would listen to that much. The surround mix is well done but there is a real lack of bass from the subs IMO. So I think I'll skip the other KC DVD-As.

Bill
post #8913 of 9850
Totally understand Bill, ITCOTCK and Red are my least favorite KC albums, but like I said ALL of the KC albums are different and ITCOTCK is the first one from 1969.
As someone else said if you're so inclined as to give them one more shot I would recommend Discipline, if not that's cool.
post #8914 of 9850
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

I listened to the In the Court of the Crimson King DVD-A this morning. My listening session was interrupted by my neighbor calling me to tell me there was a small fire in the woods behind my house eek.gif. Well the small fire got a bit larger so the local fire department was needed.

Things like this happen when playing this type of music...........Black Sabbath is another band that is prone to summon the evil spirits. smile.gif
post #8915 of 9850
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

Here is the listing for the Sea Change HFPA from Music Direct. In the listing it indicates "Three separate choices of audio file format for playback: PCM 2.0, Dolby True HD, or DTS-HD Master Audio (5.1 available where noted)". So it looks like both stereo and surround are available.

Thanks for the reply, Bill. I've read this boilerplate verbiage in the canned info about many of these "HFPA" BD-As. The label uses that info for all the titles: surround is "available where noted." But that verbiage is not the "note" itself. So I'm afraid it's not necessarily an indication that there is surround on this disc.

(My skepticism is largely attributable to comments about surround made in an interview available online by UMG label exec Olivier Robert-Murphy who does not at all sound committed to 5.1 on these BD-As. He even questions the use of surround sound for classical music. In the end, he prevaricates and says they will provide it "when available" but his overall attitude doesn't leave me thinking they will either hunt down existing 5.1 to make sure it is included much less strike new m.c. mixes for some titles.)

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Originally Posted by acebreathe View Post

I'd just like to know if anyone got it. Have had this and Crime of the Century on pre-order since Sept. According to Amazon COTC should ship sometime in December, but no word on SC from Elusive Disc. Seems they got the elusive part right

Amazon has been an oddly mixed bag, what with Marketplace (third party) merchants based in Europe having better availability than Amazon proper (U.K. or U.S.). The UMG U.K. store currently shows Sea Change in stock and "usually" shipping within 24 hours. Perhaps you could give them a try.
post #8916 of 9850
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Originally Posted by Milt99 View Post

Totally understand Bill, ITCOTCK and Red are my least favorite KC albums, but like I said ALL of the KC albums are different and ITCOTCK is the first one from 1969.
As someone else said if you're so inclined as to give them one more shot I would recommend Discipline, if not that's cool.

I'll give Discipline a listen on youtube while I work. I'm not giving up just yet so I'll try listening to a few more titles.

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Originally Posted by WillyJ View Post

Things like this happen when playing this type of music...........Black Sabbath is another band that is prone to summon the evil spirits. smile.gif

I've never listened to any Black Sabbath music. But if I was listening to them today the woods would probably still be on fire eek.gif

Bill
post #8917 of 9850
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Originally Posted by Paul.R.S View Post

Thanks for the reply, Bill. I've read this boilerplate verbiage in the canned info about many of these "HFPA" BD-As. The label uses that info for all the titles: surround is "available where noted." But that verbiage is not the "note" itself. So I'm afraid it's not necessarily an indication that there is surround on this disc.

Paul,

My pleasure. The whole HFPA marketing plan is a real joke as far as I'm concerned. When I read that UMe plans on releasing a thousand or more titles in a years time I just had to laugh.

I was interested in Sea Change as I'm hoping it has the same mix and SQ of the SACD/DVD-A. I have the SACD and it is an excellent surround mix. So it would be good to see an option over the very expensive SACD/DVD-A.

Bill
post #8918 of 9850
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

When I read that UMe plans on releasing a thousand or more titles in a years time I just had to laugh.

I'm curious as to where you read this. Not that I'm doubting someone stated that is the plan or that my response is different, I'd just love to know what Universal Music executive said that with a straight face. The disparity between some of Robert-Murphy's ambitious comments and the way the whole format has been received by some in the online press is amusing.
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

I was interested in Sea Change as I'm hoping it has the same mix and SQ of the SACD/DVD-A. I have the SACD and it is an excellent surround mix. So it would be good to see an option over the very expensive SACD/DVD-A.

Exactly. Second only to titles that are completely new to high rez, high on my priority list are re-releases for which the DVD-A/SA-CD has become expensive on the used market.
post #8919 of 9850
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Originally Posted by Paul.R.S View Post

I'm curious as to where you read this. Not that I'm doubting someone stated that is the plan or that my response is different, I'd just love to know what Universal Music executive said that with a straight face.

Post #42 in this thread has a quote that states "that the goal is to exceed 1000 HFPA titles released by the end of 2014" The quote is I believe from this press release which is in french.

Bill
post #8920 of 9850
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

Post #42 in this thread has a quote that states "that the goal is to exceed 1000 HFPA titles released by the end of 2014" The quote is I believe from this press release which is in french.

Bill

It was a bad translation. Apparently 100 and 1,000 are very similar in French!

Ok. Only a joke. But it's easy to be critical when nothing on technical specs is being released, just seems so cheap. Can't afford to give anything specific about any release, just generic garbage.
post #8921 of 9850
Not that I'm trying to push anyone to buy more SACDs or DVD-As wink.gif. But importcds has a 10% coupon (SAVE10) available now till 11/26/13. Not that I would ever use this, I just thought I would let fellow SACDBA members know smile.gif.

Bill
post #8922 of 9850
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

Not that I'm trying to push anyone to buy more SACDs or DVD-As wink.gif. But importcds has a 10% coupon (SAVE10) available now till 11/26/13. Not that I would ever use this, I just thought I would let fellow SACDBA members know smile.gif.

Bill
Thanks for thinking of us. Nice selections and even better prices.
post #8923 of 9850
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

Paul,

My pleasure. The whole HFPA marketing plan is a real joke as far as I'm concerned. When I read that UMe plans on releasing a thousand or more titles in a years time I just had to laugh.

I was interested in Sea Change as I'm hoping it has the same mix and SQ of the SACD/DVD-A. I have the SACD and it is an excellent surround mix. So it would be good to see an option over the very expensive SACD/DVD-A.

Bill
Okay... I have just purchased the HFPA (Blu-ray) version of Sea Change. So, in a few day time, I'll be able to confirm whether it actually offers surround sound...

Could be a waste of £16.99 but I think Bill is worth it eek.gif
post #8924 of 9850
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Originally Posted by SeeMoreDigital View Post

Could be a waste of £16.99 but I think Bill is worth it eek.gif

Yes, Bill is priceless.
post #8925 of 9850
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

Not that I'm trying to push anyone to buy more SACDs or DVD-As wink.gif. But ...

But now look what you've done!
Code:
Artist / Title                          Qty $/Ea   Total   Config     
Elton John Tumbleweed Connection        1   10.81  10.81   E:Super Au 
Elton John Madman Across The Water      1   10.81  10.81   E:Super Au 
Elton John Honky Chateau                1   10.81  10.81   E:Super Au 
Elton John Captain Fantastic & The ...  1   10.81  10.81   E:Super Au 
Elton John Elton John                   1   10.81  10.81   E:Super Au 
P. Glass Philip Glass: Metamorphosi...  1   9.38   9.38    E:Super Au


These join my as-yet undocumented collection which includes just about everything touched by Steven "King Midas" Wilson - solo, Porcupine Tree, No-Man, Bass Communion, Blackfield and Storm Corrosion along with his 5.1 mixes of Caravan "In the Land of Grey and Pink", ELP "Emerson, Lake & Palmer" and "Tarkus"and Hawkwind "Warrior on the Edge of Time"; DVD-As of Blue Man Group "Audio" and "The Complex", Philip Glass "Koyaanisqatsi", Travis & Fripp "Follow", Jakszyk, Fripp, Collins "A Scarcity of Miracles", King Crimson "Live in Argentina", Gavin Harrison & O5ric "Circles", Nosound "Afterthoughts", Anathema "We're Here Because We're Here"; SACDs of Vangelis "Blade Runner", Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" and "Wish You Were Here", Roger Waters "Ca Ira", Jeff Wayne "War of the Worlds", Anthony Newman and The Graham Ashton Ensemble "Music for Organ, Brass and Timpani", Sir Colin Davis "Handel: Messiah", Nine Inch Nails "The Downward Spiral", Danny Elfman "Serenada Schizophrana".

That's why I had to remortgage the children.
post #8926 of 9850
I wanted to chime in on the King Crimson stuff. Acquired taste is an accurate description of the band's styling’s. Certainly progressive and they evolved over the years and album to album. First time I played In the Court of the Crimson King, I was interested, but not sure...like my first beer. I have since played ITCOTCK multiple times and like it a lot; same for beer. Red, I never took too, even after several listens. I've since purchased the rest of the anniversary series and listened to Discipline a couple nights ago and loved it on first listen. Just finished with Lizard and that one is as progressive as I've heard from them, but some of it's interesting; so the verdict is still out on that one. I still have a few to spin. With some bands you just know they won't ever float your boat. Not my experience with KC; they certainly grew on me with every listen. It wasn't that long ago that I didn't particularly like Guinness beer, but now it’s one of my go-to's. It wasn't long ago I didn't care for jazz at all...the more I listen, the more I get it and enjoy it. The bonus on the anniversary series is SW mixed in 5.1, 24/96, and it does sound solid considering the age of the recordings.
post #8927 of 9850
Listening comparisons, please!

There seems to be a lot of releases from Audio Fidelity. I have one, Yes - Going For The One, but have not had the time (frown.gif) to listen to it on my serious system, much less A/B with the Redbook. I have read some comments ... here maybe? ... on the America and Poco titles, and I seem to remember losing any desire to buy them.

Anyway, I am looking for comparisons between the AF SACD and the "highest quality" Redbook currently available. (I am thinking of remastered CDs.) Or even whatever CD you might have of the respective title.

Jeff
post #8928 of 9850
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Originally Posted by pepar View Post

Listening comparisons, please!

There seems to be a lot of releases from Audio Fidelity. I have one, Yes - Going For The One, but have not had the time (frown.gif) to listen to it on my serious system, much less A/B with the Redbook. I have read some comments ... here maybe? ... on the America and Poco titles, and I seem to remember losing any desire to buy them.

Anyway, I am looking for comparisons between the AF SACD and the "highest quality" Redbook currently available. (I am thinking of remastered CDs.) Or even whatever CD you might have of the respective title.

Jeff

Jeff,

Check out this thread from over at the Steve Hoffman forum. I believe the concenus is that the America AF SACD is the best digital version. I just ordered the America SACD the other day from importcds for $15.50. I just checked and it is now out of stock. I don't have any other versions to compare to the SACD though. But when I do get the SACD I'll be glad to post my thoughts on it.

Bill
post #8929 of 9850
Just bought:

Prokofiev - Alexander Nevsky, Lieutenant Kije MOFI surround SACD

Bill
post #8930 of 9850
I just got home from work and should have gone straight to bed instead of going online at this hour eek.gif. Damn importcds 10% discount wink.gif.

Shelly Manne/Bill Evans - Empathy APO SACD

King Crimson - Discipline CD/DVD-A

Bill
post #8931 of 9850


I bought this today. Highly recommended. 24bit/192kHz tracks in both stereo and surround 5.1 (LPCM and DTS-HDMA).

First impression is this is one excellent sounding release that should be added to every collection! Buy it now before sold out.
post #8932 of 9850
Well, it looks as though HomerJau has beaten me to solving the Jeff Beck Sea Change 'multi-channel' mystery - Just my luck!!!
post #8933 of 9850
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

Jeff,

Check out this thread from over at the Steve Hoffman forum. I believe the concenus is that the America AF SACD is the best digital version. I just ordered the America SACD the other day from importcds for $15.50. I just checked and it is now out of stock. I don't have any other versions to compare to the SACD though. But when I do get the SACD I'll be glad to post my thoughts on it.

Bill

Thanks, Bill, I might have "misremembered" about America. And thanks for the thread link ... I will lurk.

Jeff
post #8934 of 9850
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

Not that I'm trying to push anyone to buy more SACDs or DVD-As wink.gif. But importcds has a 10% coupon (SAVE10) available now till 11/26/13. Not that I would ever use this, I just thought I would let fellow SACDBA members know smile.gif.

Bill
"I said goddamn, goddamn the pusher man!"
post #8935 of 9850
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Originally Posted by SoundofMind View Post

For me, it's kinda like the inverse case where I tend to skip over the pure bluegrass songs on the AKUS discs, where AK isn't singing lead (one of the Union Station boys is  singing).  Though I really do love "Man of Constant Sorrow".  

A kindred soul! I'm mesmerized by AK's angelic vocals, but not a fan of the heavy banjo/bluegrass tracks.
post #8936 of 9850
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

A kindred soul! I'm mesmerized by AK's angelic vocals, but not a fan of the heavy banjo/bluegrass tracks.

 

He-he, that could be a whole new musical genre!

post #8937 of 9850
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

"I said goddamn, goddamn the pusher man!"

That went through my head as well.

"Pssst, little girl, want some ... hi-res .. ??"
post #8938 of 9850
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Originally Posted by SoundofMind View Post

He-he, that could be a whole new musical genre!

Two words ... Bela Fleck.
post #8939 of 9850
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

Jeff,

Check out this thread from over at the Steve Hoffman forum. I believe the concenus is that the America AF SACD is the best digital version. I just ordered the America SACD the other day from importcds for $15.50. I just checked and it is now out of stock. I don't have any other versions to compare to the SACD though. But when I do get the SACD I'll be glad to post my thoughts on it.

Bill

Picked up a "Used - Very Good" America SACD for $16.65 and free shipping on Amaz. And bought Division Bell CD, a Pink Floyd album that I did not even know existed until only recently. I have no idea why I didn't know about it as I played the grooves off of, and later the zeroes and ones, all previous albums. I wish On An Island would be released in hi-res MCH ...

Jeff
post #8940 of 9850
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Originally Posted by SeeMoreDigital View Post

Jeff Beck Sea Change

I gotta check this one out biggrin.gif
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