XRCD- $30: worth it?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Mike Broadman, Jul 7, 2002.

  1. Mike Broadman

    Mike Broadman Producer

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2001
    Messages:
    4,951
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Today in the Virgin megastore in Boston I came across a few XRCDs. I don't really know anything about them and don't own any, but I've read they're supposed to sound pretty good.

    This store has a great selection but often high prices, so I didn't know if the $30 for an XRCD is normal or not. I also don't know if it's worth it if I already have a good sounding CD of the album.

    What I found:

    Miles Davis- Bag's Groove, Cookin', Relaxin'
    I have all of these albums, the 20-bit remastered versions with the slipcases. I also have the SACD of Cookin'.

    John Coltrane- Settin' the Pace
    I do not yet own any version of this album.

    I will assume that the SACD of Cookin' is the best sounding version out there. Has anyone compared any of these XRCDs to the CDs?

    NP: Tchaikovsky, 1812, DVD-A
     
  2. John Geelan

    John Geelan Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2000
    Messages:
    1,087
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    JVC XRCD's are excellent. Quite possibly the best sounding cds out there.

    I have the Dire Straits one for instance and it blows away the SBM version that is currently available.

    JVC had a showroom at the recent NY Hi-Fi Show, so it seems they are still promoting this format. I only wish they would make a few more Rock titles.

    JohnG
     
  3. Jagan Seshadri

    Jagan Seshadri Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2001
    Messages:
    528
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Just know that those Miles Davis albums (on the Prestige label) are monophonic.

    I have the Bill Evans Trio (Sunday at the Village Vanguard) on XRCD and it is great...but I never heard the regular CD version of that album, nor the 20-bit K2 non-XRCD version. I actually would like to know how much the XRCD mastering process (i.e. low-jitter signal chain) improves the sound.

    -JNS
     
  4. Ron Reda

    Ron Reda Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2001
    Messages:
    2,276
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I too own the Dire Straits "Brother In Arms" XRCD (as well as the Eagles "Hell Freezes Over") and would easily pay $30 all over again...it sounds that good.
     
  5. KeithH

    KeithH Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2000
    Messages:
    9,413
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Mike, the only XRCDs I have are Dire Straits Brothers in Arms, Tina Turner Private Dancer, and Steve Miller Band The Joker. They all sound great. Like John, I feel the XRCD of Brothers in Arms beats the Warner remaster. I too wish JVC would offer more rock titles on XRCD.

    I would bet the SACD of Miles Davis Cookin' beats the XRCD. Lee Scoggins recently told me that the SACD of Jacintha Lush Life is better than the XRCD.
     
  6. Lee Scoggins

    Lee Scoggins Producer

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2001
    Messages:
    6,394
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Real Name:
    Lee
     
  7. KeithH

    KeithH Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2000
    Messages:
    9,413
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Lee said:
     
  8. Mike Broadman

    Mike Broadman Producer

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2001
    Messages:
    4,951
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Does anyone know if any of the titles I listed above are XRCD2s or XRCD1s?

    I saw an XRCD of Symphonie Fantastique once, too, in a Tower Records I frequent. It should still be there.

    What is XRCD? Is it some kind of encoding scheme?
    Can it be ripped? (Very useful if I get the Coltrane disc)


    NP: Tchaikovsky, 1812, DVD-A
     
  9. KeithH

    KeithH Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2000
    Messages:
    9,413
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Mike, you might more information here.
     
  10. Mike Broadman

    Mike Broadman Producer

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2001
    Messages:
    4,951
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Wait, Keith, do you mean to tell me that the internet has more uses than just pornography and arguing about how stupid the Oscars are on HTF? [​IMG]
    Thanks for the link. I tried reading through the technical stuff, but it was like reading an argument between Lee Scoggins and John Kotches.
    I liked their jazz catalog, though. They just came out with an Oscar Peterson / Dizzy Gillespie disc.
    Has anyone tried burning an XRCD?
     
  11. KeithH

    KeithH Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2000
    Messages:
    9,413
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Mike, yeah, believe it or not, the Internet actually has some useful information here and there that will not land you in jail for reading. It's scant, but it's there if you look for it. [​IMG]
    I think Lee and John collaborated on the XRCD web site. [​IMG]Like the Beatles during "The White Album" recording sessions, Lee and John were not talking when they worked on the site. [​IMG] I am joking, of course.
    Finally, I have not tried to burn an XRCD to a CD-R or CD-RW. I believe it will work.
     
  12. Lee Scoggins

    Lee Scoggins Producer

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2001
    Messages:
    6,394
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Real Name:
    Lee
     

Share This Page