R U playing format pong???

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  1. Rachael B

    Rachael B Producer

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    Lately I feel like I'm playing format pong. With so many formats to choose from, what's a mother to do?[​IMG]

    CD
    Vinyl
    SACD
    DVD-A
    DVD-V

    R U having trouble sleeping? Do you stay up late pondering which albums in which format/s that you might buy? Do you suffer from Format Anxziety Syndrome? R U having trouble concentrating because audible distortion just won't leave U alone? If so, then you too may be suffering from Format Pong. [​IMG] In laymen's terms, what to buy in what format and who might release it just keeps bouncing around your brain....[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. Jesse Skeen

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    That's why I buy 8-tracks! Quad ones too!
     
  3. Robert A. Willis Jr.

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    Well, I don't have an SACD player yet. BUT, I always buy SACD Hybrids over CD's (same title) and DVD-A over SACD. If I had an SACD player it would be SACD over CD. I have a ton of CD's to play in my car, so having a few titles that couldn't travel is not a big thing.
     
  4. PhilBoy

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    I pinged the RIAA right back...

    I fixed up my old turntable and bought a new cartidge this past weekend.

    Thank God I took excellent care of my albums over the years.

    Aside from a little surface noise, they sound warmer than the digital tunage I've been listening to for 15 years.

    It was a lot easier than I thought to get a new cartridge. FYI for anyone else thinking about the resurrection; you will probably need at least a new stylus.

    Great fun listening to all the music I haven't heard in sooo long.[​IMG]

    RIAA... bought and paid for long ago with my paper route money. Chiao.
     
  5. TomCW

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    I'm not losing any sleep deciding 'which' format to buy, but I am getting eye-strain looking for SACD releases of music that I like! The few indie releases that are out are a real breath of fresh air.

    Tom
     
  6. Rachael B

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    Amen Tom![​IMG] ...unless you like jazz and/or classical, then SACD is a candy store. I'm in a mood for blues, rock, and alt. kuntry lately...so AMEN again!
     
  7. Dennis Nicholls

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    For me it's easy. I listen to classical music, so it's redbook CD and SACD when available. And of course DVD-V for opera. Heck I got rid of vinyl back circa 1994.
     
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    Racheal, you need that new $12k laser-based vinyl turntable (reviewed this months Stereophile). Sounds waaaaaaaaay cool, kinda like Hi-Vision for audio, no b.s. codecs to mess with.
     
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    I phased out cassettes turned the good ones to cd, same with the black discs. Cept the space gets takin over by lds.
     
  10. PhilBoy

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    Dennis,

    Can you recommend any exceptional Opera DVD-V's ?

    Preferably with dts...
     
  11. Rachael B

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    Brian, I have a link to the Nipponese site for the laser turntable. Last time I looked there were three models. I want one but I don't wanna have to trade my car for one! I'd proably stille have to throw in some cash too![​IMG] If I had one I wouldn't be playing format pong. I'd be buying $1, or less, records. [​IMG]
     
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    Rachael,

    I have two of three hirez formats - DVDA and SACD about 70% of the time. I'm still working on the vinyl format. Too much good software to miss on LP for me to be satisfied with digital only.

    With the remaining 30% of time, I listen to redbook and I find the Sony SCD777ES does that very well.

    Some CDs like Naked Songs can sound fantastic due to the recording and mastering. I do usually find the SACD versions are a step above the redbook.

    [​IMG]
     
  13. John Watson

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    The proliferation of meaningless (to most) acronyms doesn't help at all. Our high tech life is so full of incompatible formats and hardwares, that I think most people just plug and pray.

    What the hell is DVD-V I see referred to in another music thread?

    I believe the original disks (cd's, circa early 1980's) should have been called Music Disks (MD's), the disks with video should have been called Video Disks (VD's - and they should have been a ½" wider so you could see the difference in looking at them[​IMG]).

    And noticing that the Canadian release of Let It Be Naked is not compatible with many computer processes, I have to point out the legal ambivalence in that we Canadians apparently already pay a tax on blank media to compensate (some?) artists for copying, so EMI is preventing legal activity.

    Who's zooming whom!?!?

    PS - I wish I could buy working wind-up Victrolas, so even when the power finally goes off, I may still be able to spin a few vinyl platters [​IMG]
     

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