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Will the Norah Jones SACD's CD layer sound better than my other copy?


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#1 of 21 Ron Reda

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Posted May 13 2003 - 02:40 AM

I saw that the Norah Jones hybrid SACD is coming out on Tuesday and I was wondering if the CD layer on the new CD will sound any better than the CD I already have?
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#2 of 21 Marc Colella

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Posted May 13 2003 - 03:35 AM

That's a good question, I'd be interested to find out also.

Is this SACD still on track for May 20th?
Are there any reviews out there anywhere?

Since I don't trust any stores in Canada to have this disc, I'm going to order it from Amazon.com.

Can't seem to find anyone who'll do the 10% off "Share the Love" at Amazom.com with this disc (which isn't too surprising since it's a SACD). If anyone's gonna order it from Amazon, let me know.

#3 of 21 Lee Scoggins

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Posted May 13 2003 - 03:37 AM

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was wondering if the CD layer on the new CD will sound any better than the CD I already have?


Ron, good question.. I think it would be very hard to tell. They may have slightly better mastering but the redbook of this title was so good, I would not expect much, if any, improvement.

The SACD layer, on the other hand, could be awesome! Posted Image
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#4 of 21 Ron Reda

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Posted May 13 2003 - 04:07 AM

I'm just not sure if I want to double-dip! On one hand, I love this CD and would be really curious to see if they could better the original as far as sonics, but I'm not sure if it would be worth the extra cash. Decisions, decisions...
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#5 of 21 Dan Joy

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Posted May 13 2003 - 04:34 AM

It BetterPosted Image I will wait and hear the reviews B4 I check this one out.
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#6 of 21 Ron Reda

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Posted May 13 2003 - 04:45 AM

I may just do the same thing.
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#7 of 21 Chris_Eff

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Posted May 13 2003 - 05:24 AM

I haven't purchased the cd yet so I am very glad I did not since now I can have red book for the car and SACD for the house. Whoo-hoo hybrids.Posted Image
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#8 of 21 RobBenton

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Posted May 13 2003 - 08:16 AM

Well it will be worth it just for the 5.1 sound (assuming they do a good job of it)

#9 of 21 Lee Scoggins

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Posted May 13 2003 - 09:25 AM

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Well it will be worth it just for the 5.1 sound


Of course on a good two channel system, you get effectively get great surround sound. Posted Image
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#10 of 21 Ron Reda

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Posted May 13 2003 - 11:05 AM

Lee,

I agree, especially with that CD!
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#11 of 21 RobBenton

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Posted May 13 2003 - 09:06 PM

Somehow even great stereo music doesnt sound as full as 5.1

#12 of 21 Rich Malloy

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Posted May 14 2003 - 02:06 AM

Depends on the mix... a crappy 5.1 remix can suck the life out of even a great recording.

If you don't have SACD-capabilities, I wouldn't think the Red Book layer would be a great improvement over the previous Red Book release (which is top-notch).
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#13 of 21 Ron Reda

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Posted May 19 2003 - 05:03 AM

Has anyone seen any reviews for this yet?
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#14 of 21 Marc Colella

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Posted May 19 2003 - 07:04 AM

Looks like this disc is actually coming out on June 10th instead.

Delayed yet again. Posted Image

You figure BlueNote and Universal would have (at the very least) gotten the Hybrid SACD ready for the huge increase in sales due to the publicity caused by the Grammys. Talk about a missed opportunity!

I guess BlueNote knew where the real money is and released the Norah Jones: Live in New Orleans DVD 2 days after the Grammys.
The sales numbers for the DVD would obviously trounce the the sales for those purchasing specifically for the SACD layer.

Screw it, I've waited long enough and I'm just gonna purchase the CD at less than half the cost of the SACD, and with the money I save I'll pick up the Live in New Orleans DVD (which I borrowed from a friend and is great).

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Posted May 19 2003 - 02:08 PM

I know I'm going way out on a limb here but maybe this delay is due to Crest National is pressing the discs and Blue Note doesn't want to ship a bunch of defective discs.
I have the SACD preorded from Circuit City for 12.99 with free shipping. Can't wait to get it.

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#16 of 21 Rich Malloy

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Posted May 20 2003 - 02:56 AM

Can anyone confirm whether the Cassandra Wilson "New Moon Daughter" SACD release has also been delayed?
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Posted May 20 2003 - 06:08 AM

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I know I'm going way out on a limb here but maybe this delay is due to Crest National is pressing the discs and Blue Note doesn't want to ship a bunch of defective discs.


I hope your right. I know someone who works in the business and he got a promo copy of John Coltrane "Blue Train" - and it was clear from the matrix numbers on the disc that it was indeed pressed by Crest National.

Seeing how I have had 4 different SACD titles (not just DSOTM) crack around the spindle hole (all made by Crest National) - I am very weary of purchasing more discs knowing Crest National have pressed them for the general market.

I have sent e-mails to two of the high ranking officials at Crest National, and I received a "return receipt" that they both indeed read my e-mails to them. I haven't, though, received a response. In addition I have e-mailed Ice Magazine Watchdog, Universal Records and EMI Records. If I have to I will also e-mail Blue Note if they actually use Crest National and either the Coltrane or Norah Jones discs (the two I plan on purchasing) begin to crack around the spindle hole.

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#18 of 21 Marc Colella

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Posted May 20 2003 - 06:29 AM

It didn't even occur to me that the reason for the delay might be because Crest is pressing the discs.

Yet another reason to go with the CD.
The last thing I want is a defective disc like the DSOTM hybrid.

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Posted May 20 2003 - 10:54 AM

Getting back to the sound of the CD layer versus the original CD, I am curious about such a comparison as well. How was the album recorded? Was it recorded in 24/96 PCM? If so, I would guess that the original CD was prepared by simply downconverting the 24/96 master to 16/44.1. However, for the hybrid SACD, a 24/96 master could be converted to DSD, and the resulting DSD master could then be converted to 16/44.1. Then the CD layer might sound different (not necessarily better) than the original CD.
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Posted May 21 2003 - 04:51 AM

All of this talk is getting me a lot more curious than I was before! I keep on checking the various high-rez sites for reviews, but there's nothing yet...
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