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Are There 2 SACD Versions of "Time Out"?

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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   Ted Kontos

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Posted March 25 2003 - 09:03 AM

I have heard people talking about the surround mix of this classic Dave Brubeck album, but all of the copies I have seen say "Stereo" on the liner sleeve. Is this a misprint or is there a newer, remixed version of the album in the new style clear Sony sleeves? I would like the surround version, but I want to be sure I'm buying the right one. Thanks in advance.

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#2 of 7 OFFLINE   Bill Prince

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Posted March 25 2003 - 09:25 AM

There are both an SACD stereo version as well as an SACD multichannel version. I have the latter and really enjoy it. I have also read very good reviews of the stereo version as well. Happy listening.
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#3 of 7 OFFLINE   Emil Stoica

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Posted March 25 2003 - 04:04 PM

Yes Ted, the multi-channel version only comes in the clear Gold sleeves that Sony now uses for their multi-channel releases. There was a stereo only in the old paper sleeves.

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Posted March 25 2003 - 07:26 PM

The multichannel is really not any better then the stereo in fact i prefer the stereo. The surrounds are not really used at all and the center just makes the phantom image more discreet. If i were to buy one i would probably choose the stereo one.

#5 of 7 OFFLINE   Ted Kontos

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Posted March 25 2003 - 11:15 PM

Thanks, guys. I guess I'll go with the stereo version.

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#6 of 7 OFFLINE   KeithH


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Posted March 25 2003 - 11:16 PM

Ted, note that both versions of Time Out have a discrete stereo SACD track. The specs. of the SACD format mandate that all SACDs have a discrete stereo SACD track. So, I would spend the extra couple of bucks and get the multi-channel version of Time Out to have both listening options. I've seen the multi-channel version at Tower Records, Best Buy, and Circuit City. Some of the older stereo-only versions linger, but seeing as it is out of print, you should be able to find the multi-channel disc. I have both versions and have not noticed a difference in the stereo tracks between the two.
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#7 of 7 OFFLINE   Justin Lane

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Posted March 26 2003 - 12:08 AM

If i were to buy one i would probably choose the stereo one.

Why do you say this Rob? The multichannel disc as Keith has noted also contains the same stereo track found on the stereo only disc. While I was not blown away with the multichannel track on this disc either, I still think it is worth having as it does expand the listening experience a bit. I have seen the multichannel disc at Best Buy for $16.99 which is not half bad.