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#41 of 2758 Mike Broadman

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Posted May 06 2004 - 12:15 AM

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and friendly as well. Something about jazz musicians and their zest for life.


I think it's also because their audience is smaller and more selective, so they're very appreciative. And they understand the work it takes to record and present music.

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And yes, the Oscar Petersons are on my list.

#42 of 2758 Lee Scoggins

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Posted May 06 2004 - 12:48 AM

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Hey, Lee! I used to work part-time at the Village Gate.


That's great...good club.

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I think it's also because their audience is smaller and more selective, so they're very appreciative. And they understand the work it takes to record and present music.


I agree. I'll let you know the next time I am in the city. Maybe we can stop by and visit Chesky Records.
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#43 of 2758 Hartwig Hanser

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Posted May 06 2004 - 01:10 AM

I discovered a small label with very low prices: Brilliant classics. They now have several SACDs out. I just bought Brahms works for choir and Schütz symphony sacrae, both pure DSD recordings, excellent sound and artistic quality, for 9 Euros each at www.zweitausendeins.de (also available at amazon.de or jpc.de)
It is nice to see low budget labels like that or Naxos embrace SACD.

#44 of 2758 Mike Broadman

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Posted May 06 2004 - 01:39 AM

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I agree. I'll let you know the next time I am in the city. Maybe we can stop by and visit Chesky Records.


Cool. Maybe I'll finally get a chance to record that avant-garde kazoo album I've always wanted to do- direct to DSD, of course!

#45 of 2758 Ron Reda

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Posted May 06 2004 - 02:27 AM

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I listened to the album in my car and the redbook even sounds good.


Lee,

I too only listened to the redbook layer and thought the same thing. I'm impressed not only with Fantasy's SACD output, but their quality as well. Posted Image
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#46 of 2758 Lee Scoggins

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Posted May 06 2004 - 02:43 AM

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I discovered a small label with very low prices: Brilliant classics.


I read something about them in HiFi News I think. I have to look for their discs.
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#47 of 2758 Mike Broadman

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Posted May 06 2004 - 08:08 AM

I'm real glad to see the praise for Fantasy's sound. I make it a point to buy every single one of their SACD releases, even though a couple have been criticised sonically in the past. The selection is just awesome.

#48 of 2758 Robert A. Willis Jr.

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Posted May 06 2004 - 09:10 AM

Just received:

Laura Nyro (SACD)
Seal IV (DVDA)
Jaco - Brian Bromberg (DVDA)

Haven't listened to them yet.

#49 of 2758 Paul.S

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Posted May 06 2004 - 09:27 AM

RAW, Jr.:

Once you listen, pls do tell re Seal IV DVD-A, esp. the m.c. track.

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Posted May 06 2004 - 05:27 PM

The Who-Tommy and M Oldfield-Tubular Bells, Both DVD-A's. Stinkers? How about "The British Are Coming!" (Silverline, DVD-A). O.K. My fault. Should have known better. Biggest disappointment? "Crash! Bang! Boom!" (WB cartoon effects). Think about it. Done right, this could have been the ultimate test disc. It wasn't so it ain't. Too bad Posted Image .
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#51 of 2758 Robert A. Willis Jr.

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Posted May 07 2004 - 03:26 AM

First Impressions of Seal IV

Well I listened to Seal IV (m.c. track only) and enjoyed it. I think that the m.c. mix was good without overusing the rear channels. Seal's vocals were mostly in the center channel and (on my system) too loud. I had to dial it down about a db. Seal's voice is in fine shape and the material is good. Unlike many of today's singers, he stays within his range to very good effect. This album is a noticable improvement over his last one.

How does it sound? Sometimes great, sometimes mediocre. I didn't check the credits but it appears that there were too many producers or mixing locations. Overall, however this isn't one of the best produced DVD-A's that I own. Even the best tracks seem a bit flat or possibly overly compressed. Still it is a decent mix and recording that I enjoyed and will continue to enjoy.

#52 of 2758 Lewis Besze

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Posted May 07 2004 - 04:57 AM

Mike Oldfield TB 2003 DVD-A--- Quiet a disaster music wise,this is something Studio Wodoo would do with this material.Thank god I have the original on SACD.
Diana Krall: Love scenes.-------I bought this to replace my DTS CD and to have a stereo version as well.After a brief listen to the stereo,I'm ready to vote it as the worst stereo mix I've heard to date.All the musicians sounded like were lined up behind each other in the middle,there was no widt to the soundstage at all.Interestingly on Krall's "When I look Into Your Eyes" the opposite is true,the MC tracks are all over the place,while the stereo is very pleasing and solid.Al Schmidt should get his **it togheter,you just never know with guy.
Also got Ray Brown's Soular Energy[SACD] what a great album and very good recording[stereo only].
Dave Grusin; 2 for the road[DVD-A] Posted Image
Sinatra:Live at the Sands[DVD-A] I haven't listened to it yet.

#53 of 2758 Danny Tse

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Posted May 10 2004 - 08:42 AM

Just ordered Sarah Brightman's "Time To Say Goodbye" on SACD, even though I have the CD already.

Still searching for the new Diana Krall SACD locally. I noticed my local Best Buy is not stocking any new SACDs.
SACD not listed at sa-cd.net (updated 8/26/2009)

#54 of 2758 Lee Scoggins

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Posted May 10 2004 - 03:29 PM

Danny,

I'm surprised you had trouble find the Diana Krall...maybe they sold out...my BB had boatloads and day & date. Posted Image

The Sarah Brightman discs look interesting...
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#55 of 2758 Lewis Besze

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Posted May 10 2004 - 04:07 PM

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Still searching for the new Diana Krall SACD locally. I noticed my local Best Buy is not stocking any new SACDs.
Yep, same here! I don't think they restocked it since last year.My guess is that not many people buy those or even asks about them. Bummer.

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Posted May 10 2004 - 07:42 PM

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Yep, same here! I don't think they restocked it since last year.My guess is that not many people buy those or even asks about them.

My local BB is usually pretty good about restocking SACD titles. And I am there enough to know what has been sold (kind of paints a bad picture of my pathetic life).

Not many people? I am always the only person standing in front of the hi-rez section at BB.
SACD not listed at sa-cd.net (updated 8/26/2009)

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Posted May 10 2004 - 10:51 PM

Same experience here with Best Buy. My local store (Wilkes-Barre, PA) had zero SACD copies of Krall's new disc on release day. I stopped in to check twice during that week and there was still nothing. Yesterday I looked again and they had exactly one copy. Their high res section has shrunken by four or five vertical shelf rows in the last month.
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#58 of 2758 Robert A. Willis Jr.

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Posted May 12 2004 - 08:16 AM

Are the prices so good at BB and CC that mailorder isn't an option?

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Posted May 12 2004 - 08:58 AM

RAW: I wouldn't think so . . . but I guess that largely depends upon the shipping costs of whatever mail/'Net order co. you (want to) use . . .? Unfortunately there's not yet a significant amount of the hi rez titles I want to buy available via Amazon Marketplace.

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Posted May 12 2004 - 11:58 AM

Most online retailers charge the same or more than brick and mortar for high-res titles. Add shipping into it and it's not such a good deal. I try to buy locally if possible. I'd be a lot happier if net prices were cheaper or my local stores carried a better selection. Posted Image
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