The State Of Multi-Channel Audio Column

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  1. Felix Martinez

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    Hi Folks -

    The April 2003 issue marks the debut of my regular DVD, ETC. column, "The State of Multi-Channel Audio." I plan to keep my column informal, fun, and irreverent, while at the same time taking peeks and prods into this beautiful world of hi-res multi-channel audio. While I will try to avoid the whole DVD-A vs. SACD political landscape, I will discuss the differences and benefits of each format to the end user. I'm also working on some talent interviews, which should keep things lively.

    I'm pleased and honored to join the DVD, ETC. family and look forward to everyone's feedback here at the forum.

    Cheers!
     
  2. Tim Tepas

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    Welcome aboard, Felix. I'm looking forward to your insightful column. Is there any way you can influence the powers that be to bring more media to market? My DVD-A and SACD collection is limited by a very poor selection of music.[​IMG]
     
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    Welcome to HTF, Felix. And looking forward to reading your column.
     
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    Felix,
    Your monthly multi-channel "coming soon" list will provide a great ongoing update just as Marshal's DVD-V titles. As far as separating multi-channel audio from DVDs and CDs in the stores, I'm all for it. Sure, I spent 5 mintues searching for the section at Fry's a couple months ago, but when I want the superior audio medium, I'd rather go to a dedicated section to search for a new disc than search the vast CD section for a 5.1 disc. Now if I knew what artist I was searching for every time, grouping everything together would work. Then again, young and old alike that don't yet know the difference between a CD or DVD-A and SACD would probably pick up the wrong disc and try to play it in their standard CD player.
     
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    Best Buy has a separate SACD section. It is annoying, though, that some of the new SACDs such as the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd discs were placed in the normal CD racks, but not in the SACD rack. Furthermore, the Rolling Stones discs aren't even marked as to which is SACD.
    BB also has a separate DVD-A section, and that is usually next to their music DVD section, but I think that gets new discs even less often then the SACD section (or is that just the slow release of DVD-A titles, hmmmm....).
    Tower Records has separate DVD-A, SACD, and DTS sections. The last one I was in had the DTS DVD-Audio releases filed in the DTS section because of the DTS brand name. Fortunately when I told the front desk lady she actually acted as if she knew what I was talking about. Most stores I just get pointed to the concert DVD section when I ask for DVD-Audio...

    Hopefully stores can find a way to make sense of how they display them, not to mention a little training on what the heck they are...
     
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    The Best Buy I was at last week actually had a DVD Audio section right next to the SACD section. Oddly enough they still had some DVD Audio in their DVD Music/Musicals section that weren't put out in the DVD Audio section. At least they're trying though.

    I would really like to get into DVD Audio, but so far there aren't many compelling discs available and there aren't that many places that actually sell them (it seems, I know I'm wrong and lots of places sell them, but it seems like out of the few that are actually out there, each store has maybe 5-10 titles.) It just seems like a very barren landscape for the consumer right now.
     
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