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post #9331 of 9843
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

Maybe the 97% Amazon rating is due to them being the "go between" for importcds rather than dealing directly with them. I agree that it is definitely "buyer beware" when dealing with importcds. If you are expecting service at a level of Amazon's service then you might be disappointed.

Bill

If would appear that the reason importcds cancelled my order today (claiming it was out of stock) is because they didn't want to sell it to me for the price they had it listed for on Amazon. They a few hours later in the day they now have it "in stock" at about double the price I placed my order for with them 2 weeks ago!

Hell of way to run a business.
post #9332 of 9843
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Originally Posted by WillyJ View Post

If would appear that the reason importcds cancelled my order today (claiming it was out of stock) is because they didn't want to sell it to me for the price they had it listed for on Amazon. They a few hours later in the day they now have it "in stock" at about double the price I placed my order for with them 2 weeks ago!

Hell of way to run a business.

That is fraud.
post #9333 of 9843
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

Maybe the 97% Amazon rating is due to them being the "go between" for importcds rather than dealing directly with them. I agree that it is definitely "buyer beware" when dealing with importcds. If you are expecting service at a level of Amazon's service then you might be disappointed.

Bill
Might? IMO and experience, the vast majority will be disappointed.
One last thing about my last order, the disc listed as out of stock shipped from the Amazon warehouse in Kentucky.
I rarely speculate about companies online but I think importcds is in the process of becoming an Amazon Marketplace storefront.
I received an email from them today thanking me for contacting them and they confirmed my supposition that they are using USPS exclusively now.
Take the above how you will.
post #9334 of 9843
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Originally Posted by Milt99 View Post

Might? IMO and experience, the vast majority will be disappointed.

Well if that happens then they'll be out of business.

Bill
post #9335 of 9843
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Originally Posted by Milt99 View Post

Might? IMO and experience, the vast majority will be disappointed.
One last thing about my last order, the disc listed as out of stock shipped from the Amazon warehouse in Kentucky.
I rarely speculate about companies online but I think importcds is in the process of becoming an Amazon Marketplace storefront.
I received an email from them today thanking me for contacting them and they confirmed my supposition that they are using USPS exclusively now.
Take the above how you will.

If they become an amazon Marketplace storefront, Amazon will not tolerate any shenanigans. And, that will give customers a complaint procedure that will get action ... and eventually BOUNCE ImportCDs from the marketplace if they continue operating like this.

Jeff
post #9336 of 9843
After several emails to importcds about four Blue Note Audio Wave XRCDs I ordered I finally got a notice that the order shipped. I never received a response to my emails. But I'll consider myself lucky that the order shipped. Now the wait is on wink.gif.

Bill
post #9337 of 9843
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

Well if that happens then they'll be out of business.

Bill
You said it, not me. smile.gif
post #9338 of 9843
Well I don't want to derail this threads discussion of my least favorite company to buy disks from, but I did want to share that I added to my 80 plus disk collection this week by buying LA Women - Doors, America (out of stock last weekend when I ordered it but as usual Amazon came through; Dire Straits - Love Over Gold; Supertramp - Breakfast Over America (thanks Bill Mac) and for some reason I am blanking on something else ordered from Amazon - comes tomorrow. Dire Straits and Supertramp are SHM's.

So this damn thread and Bill Macs out of control collection has me geared back up after a year off. Ascend recently came out with new Sierra 2 Bookshelf speakers and the great thing that DAVID did was allow those of us who had bought 1's over the years to upgrade to 2's for only $388 each - new woofer, crossover and custom RAAL ribbon tweeter. The are very good for HT - but for that's 2 weeks I have been setting my Denon 4311 to pure direct with the disks spinning in my Oppo 103 and really discovered how much I miss quality 2 channel music played on great speakers. I had Dire Straits first album going Sunday afternoon (SHM) and it sounded fricken great. Volume up and an out of body experience. Others may not understand spending $40 or $50 on what the see looking to be a CD but they are worth ever penny. Not a bad one yet and I can't say that about MoFi and others. Also bought Beck Sea of Change MoFi remaster gold CD - hope it matches the reviews I've read. Now if I can only catch up to Bill and others. It's crazy for what Roxy Music Avalon (afraid to open 2 years later) and Aerosmith's albums sell for now. Sell those and I could do a major receiver upgrade.

I will say if you are unfamiliar with Ascend Acoustics check them out. Well regarded ID speaker company who has hit it out of the park with their Sierra 2. Plus name the last speaker maker kind enough to design their new bookshelf speaker in a way that gives those owning previous versions a way to upgrade their old ones - plus it is easy to do yourself.

My hats off to Elusive disk - ordered Sunday night, shipped Monday afternoon and at my door tonight - just like Prime - almost. They have never let me down since I bough my first Oppo (83) and started my shiny disk collection from them and a few others - some of those others only got my business once for reasons discussed above.

Don't ask why but after buying a lot DVD-As off eBay a little over a year ago I ended up with 2 Fleetwood Mac DVD-As. If interested I will sell to a good home where it will be listened to and not resold. Thinking $30ish plus a few bucks for shipping. Open to a trade. Good home part is most important - silly to have two when only one is needed. PM if interested. Willing to negotiate - nicely of course. Steve
Edited by smurraybhm - 1/23/14 at 8:13pm
post #9339 of 9843
Sounds like you're enjoying your music with some great speakers wink.gif

Djoel.
post #9340 of 9843
I wish I had room for the towers (hope you still are enjoying them), but the new version of the Sierras are really good, the custom RAAL tweeter and new SEAS woofer are game changers (or should I say sound?). My buying continues with a few eBay pickups, Death Cab for Cutie and the second Alison Krauss + Union Station New Favorite. I was lucky enough to see them both live in their early years and I still remember the Alison Krauss show 17 years ago like it was yesterday. I have wanted one of their SACDs since I bought my first player and began this bad habit. I have a lot of music to listen to this weekend and beyond. Any Patricia Barber disk recs? I have read great things about her and many of you including Bill have bought some of her disks. Thanks. Steve
Edited by smurraybhm - 1/25/14 at 9:01am
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The Patricia Barber Modern Cool bluray is a nice listen. And yes, the RAAL tweets are really smooth.
post #9342 of 9843
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Originally Posted by holt7153 View Post

The Patricia Barber Modern Cool bluray is a nice listen. And yes, the RAAL tweets are really smooth.
Amazing "in the room" acoustics on that disc. Highly recommended!!
post #9343 of 9843
My latest order from burning shed:

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Currently playing and available as a CD+DVD-A digipack for $13.50 USD is Nosound "Lightdark 2013", as is "Afterthoughts".

You can download 24 bit 48 kHz 2.0 and 5.1 FLACs of the track "Kites" from lightdark.net, zipped to save 0.02% of the original file size!

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Further commentary on Yes "Close To The Edge" CD+DVD-A digipack would be mostly repetitive, but if any release has remedied a shortcoming of just about every Yes release ever, the King Midas 5.1 mix puts Chris Squire's musical bass right up where it belongs. Your subwoofer(s) will love you and you them.

Since it's not in any kind of high resolution format and of no interest to buyers of the above, just awesome, I will not mention the third item which appeared mysteriously in the package despite not being in the current Burning Shed catalog.
Edited by AJCxZ0 - 1/25/14 at 1:54pm
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^I guess I'm kinda behind on this but looks like the CTTE DVDA 3 disc pak is $16= $10 less than the BluRay version on Amaz, seems like a good deal.

post #9345 of 9843
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Originally Posted by SoundofMind View Post

^I guess I'm kinda behind on this but looks like the CTTE DVDA 3 disc pak is $16= $10 less than the BluRay version on Amaz, seems like a good deal.
DVD-A\CD has less material AFAIR whether or not it's material you want.
post #9346 of 9843

^Hmmm...what's different might be good to know.

Per various Amaz reviews (accuracy unknown):

 

"First if you own a br player, buy the blu; the instrumental version of America is worth the price of entry all on it's own. Second as previously discussed here, both Panegyric's have tons of extra material not on any other version, with the Blu having a bit more. And for those unlike me into surround, the Panegyric also has numerous hi res surround options"

 

"The Blu-Ray features:

- 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Surround (24bit/96khz) mixed from the original multi-channel recordings.
- the new stereo album mix in DTS-HD Master Audio (24bit/96khz).
- the original album mix and America in a DTS-HD Master Audio flat transfers from the original master tape source. (24bit/192khz)
- exclusive instrumental versions of all new mixes in DTS-HD Master Audio stereo (24bit/96khz).
- exclusive needle-drop of an original UK vinyl A1/B1 pressing transferred in 24bit/96khz audio.
- numerous audio extras appear in high-resolution stereo including single edits & studio run throughs of album tracks"

 

"The DVDA/CDs:

This 2013 deluxe edition includes a CD of the new stereo mix of the original '72 album plus 2 additional tracks - "America" and an early rough mix of "Close to the Edge", and on the music only DVD, the new stereo and 5.1 surround mixes, the original album stereo version, plus the cover of Paul Simon's "America" in the 3 different versions, and additional alternate and single versions of the album. The 18 page insert has lots of great photos (of cover art and personnel) and a nice long essay by Sid Smith."

 

"...There's a DVD version too, but it doesn't include all of the extras and the audio is datarate-reduced [as is all DVD audio]. I'm sure it sounds exceptional too.)"

 

 

I have been leaning towards purchasing BluRay (after all, "it's the future" as everyone has a player ) versions when available, as my main listening system is great for both stereo and MC but I have been less and  inclined to SACD as I can't rip those and want to go to digital files soon.  And I have a new dedicated Stereo desktop system (laptop into a Emo XDR-2 digital HiRes pre) that I am spending many hours a day listening to while I work. I easily ripped hundreds of CDs with the laptop drive and I must say the bit-for-bit .wav files sound great (given a good recording of course).   But the Emo doesn't process DSD and the laptop drive doesn't play BluRay.   I think I just need the right app to rip the stereo HiRes tracks off a DVD, possibly even off DVDA.  So I'm still trying to sort out how to handle HiRes files (except for downloads which are easy).


Edited by SoundofMind - 1/26/14 at 5:35am
post #9347 of 9843
The items beginning with "exclusive" are the keys to the differences between DVD-A and BD. Personally, after I read the contents of each, it seemed like a no-brainier that the BD was the one to get. YMMV.

Jeff
post #9348 of 9843

^Thnx Jeff, that clears it up.  Seems kinda obvious now that you mention it.:D

post #9349 of 9843
Sound,
Check out the Computer Audiophile site.
They have the lowdown on ripping DVD-A and BD.
post #9350 of 9843
I sitting here listening to Gene Harris and Scott Hamilton Quintet - At Last SACD (in stereo). What an excellent sounding SACD smile.gif! I can't believe the asking prices for new copies of the SACD on Amazon eek.gif. I think I paid $12 for my copy at Newbury Comics a few years ago. All of the Gene Harris SACDs that I have all sound excellent.

Bill
post #9351 of 9843
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

I sitting here listening to Gene Harris and Scott Hamilton Quintet - At Last SACD (in stereo). What an excellent sounding SACD smile.gif! I can't believe the asking prices for new copies of the SACD on Amazon eek.gif. I think I paid $12 for my copy at Newbury Comics a few years ago. All of the Gene Harris SACDs that I have all sound excellent.

Bill

Some of my SACDs have been incredible investments if you can really sell them for what those asking prices are. No way I am giving them up though and I have told my wife a few times that when the bus hits me don't give them away smile.gif

Great recommendations on the SMH SACDs of Dire Straits' Love Over Gold and Supertramp's Breakfast in America. Finishing my first listen of both as I type. If you like Supertramp I highly recommend the blu-ray of their Paris concert. I bought it from Amazon UK when it first came out - well done. I am also looking forward to the pending release of Crime of the Century.
post #9352 of 9843
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

I sitting here listening to Gene Harris and Scott Hamilton Quintet - At Last SACD (in stereo). What an excellent sounding SACD smile.gif! I can't believe the asking prices for new copies of the SACD on Amazon eek.gif. I think I paid $12 for my copy at Newbury Comics a few years ago. All of the Gene Harris SACDs that I have all sound excellent.

Bill
Ok Bill.
Based on your assessment I ordered this from Amazon CA.
Listed at $17.71 CDN We'll see if this holds.
Clearly listed as SACD.

I haven't ordered from Amazon CA in a long time, WTF is up their shipping charges? $10.00 to slow ship a SACD to the US?
Amazon UK isn't nearly that expensive and the last time I looked Britain was clean across the Atlantic Ocean.
Seems like my online order karma is hitting a rough patch lately. Sheesh.
post #9353 of 9843
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Originally Posted by Milt99 View Post

Sound,
Check out the Computer Audiophile site.
They have the lowdown on ripping DVD-A and BD.
DVD Audio Extractor free for 30 days and makemkv for the BD no fee. Once you rip the BD with mkv you can then break down the audio files with DVD Audio Extractor. DVD Audio website tells you pretty much everything you need to know. Computer A is a great site and worth checking out.
post #9354 of 9843
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Originally Posted by acebreathe View Post

DVD Audio Extractor free for 30 days and makemkv for the BD no fee. Once you rip the BD with mkv you can then break down the audio files with DVD Audio Extractor. DVD Audio website tells you pretty much everything you need to know. Computer A is a great site and worth checking out.

I've been thinking about doing this once I have a handle on ripping Blu Ray to my HTPC, for the Inception movies which has a separate music score in 5.1 , I think it's on the feature second disc.
Should be interesting scavenging for the file.


DJoel
post #9355 of 9843
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Originally Posted by Djoel View Post

I've been thinking about doing this once I have a handle on ripping Blu Ray to my HTPC, for the Inception movies which has a separate music score in 5.1 , I think it's on the feature second disc.
Should be interesting scavenging for the file.


DJoel
I use DVDFab Decrypter to back-up Blu-ray audio discs and DVD Audio Extractor to back-up DVD-A discs to Flac

I found the Hanz Zimmer Inception audio track on disc two, title 203 wink.gif
post #9356 of 9843
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Originally Posted by SeeMoreDigital View Post

I use DVDFab Decrypter to back-up Blu-ray audio discs and DVD Audio Extractor to back-up DVD-A discs to Flac

I found the Hanz Zimmer Inception audio track on disc two, title 203 wink.gif

Awesome, thanks...I too use DVDFab, I'm about to purchase a license for sure, as it's more elegant than MakeMKv to me.

I bet you have a cool cover art, alone with track id etc?

Thanks again.

Dan
post #9357 of 9843
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Originally Posted by Djoel View Post

I bet you have a cool cover art, alone with track id etc?
Actually no...

I re-muxed the DTS-HD MA audio track into the MKA container and created a .CUE file for playback with the Oppo BDP-103 via SMB.
Code:
PERFORMER "Hanz Zimmer"
TITLE "Inception Sound Track"
REM DATE 2010
REM GENRE Electronic
FILE "Inception Sound Track by Hanz Zimmer.mka" WAVE
  TRACK 01 AUDIO
    PERFORMER "Hanz Zimmer"
    TITLE "01: We Built Our Own World"
    INDEX 01 00:00:00
  TRACK 02 AUDIO
    PERFORMER "Hanz Zimmer"
    TITLE "02: Dream Is Collapsing"
    INDEX 01 01:57:00
  TRACK 03 AUDIO
    PERFORMER "Hanz Zimmer"
    TITLE "03: Radical Notion"
    INDEX 01 04:20:50
  TRACK 04 AUDIO
    PERFORMER "Hanz Zimmer"
    TITLE "04: Old Souls"
    INDEX 01 08:03:15
  TRACK 05 AUDIO
    PERFORMER "Hanz Zimmer"
    TITLE "05: 5 2 8 4 9 1"
    INDEX 01 15:47:00
  TRACK 06 AUDIO
    PERFORMER "Hanz Zimmer"
    TITLE "06: Mombasa"
    INDEX 01 18:11:00
  TRACK 07 AUDIO
    PERFORMER "Hanz Zimmer"
    TITLE "07: One Simple Idea"
    INDEX 01 23:04:40
  TRACK 08 AUDIO
    PERFORMER "Hanz Zimmer"
    TITLE "08: Dream Within A Dream"
    INDEX 01 25:33:30
  TRACK 09 AUDIO
    PERFORMER "Hanz Zimmer"
    TITLE "09: Paradox"
    INDEX 01 30:39:00
  TRACK 10 AUDIO
    PERFORMER "Hanz Zimmer"
    TITLE "10: Time"
    INDEX 01 34:02:00

Cheers
post #9358 of 9843
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Originally Posted by SeeMoreDigital View Post

Actually no...

I re-muxed the DTS-HD MA audio track into the MKA container and created a .CUE file for playback with the Oppo BDP-103 via SMB.

Cheers

Hm, perhaps J-river can find me the matadata once it detects it. Cool though, I can probably do it manually as well.

Thank you very much

Dan
post #9359 of 9843
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Originally Posted by Djoel View Post

Hm, perhaps J-river can find me the matadata once it detects it. Cool though, I can probably do it manually as well.
It would be great if the Oppo supported chapter seeking in MKA files but sadly it doesn't. If J-river is able to support chapter seeking in MKA files you might be onto something quite useful.

Software players such as Media Player Classic and VLC Player support chapter seeking in MKA files...
post #9360 of 9843
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Originally Posted by SeeMoreDigital View Post

It would be great if the Oppo supported chapter seeking in MKA files but sadly it doesn't. If J-river is able to support chapter seeking in MKA files you might be onto something quite useful.

Software players such as Media Player Classic and VLC Player support chapter seeking in MKA files...

I do have MCM as well, which is amazing but it's mainly for movies. I'll tried tonight and report back.

Dan
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