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Discussion in 'Music' started by Lee Scoggins, May 1, 2004.
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.
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.
Laura Nyro (SACD)
Seal IV (DVDA)
Jaco - Brian Bromberg (DVDA)
Haven't listened to them yet.
Once you listen, pls do tell re Seal IV DVD-A, esp. the m.c. track.
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 .
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.
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]
Sinatra:Live at the Sands[DVD-A] I haven't listened to it yet.
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.
I'm surprised you had trouble find the Diana Krall...maybe they sold out...my BB had boatloads and day & date.
The Sarah Brightman discs look interesting...
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.
Are the prices so good at BB and CC that mailorder isn't an option?
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.
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.