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Why are SACD's soo much better?

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by dontsleep33 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:04 pm


On 2011-02-15 01:03, David_S wrote:


I agree with mykyll2727's statement "The vast majority of RBCDs are not of that high a quality".  The gap in sound quality between a bad RBCD & good RBCD becomes more apparent with every improvement in the audio system.




I have to disagree and say that bad cd mastering is very apparent to me even on the most entry level equipment.It's not a "fidelity" issue here.It's a technique used from the microphones all the way up to the last thing that makes a finished cd or sacd,LP orDVD-audio disc "finished" for that matter.

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by David_S » Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:11 am

I agree with the "technique used".  I have bought some "improved" reissues of CDs that I already had.  The earlier version often sounds much better.

Reissues usually have the average sound level boosted and are harsher to listen to.  There are exceptions to this, the exceptions are usually audiophile reissues engineered by skilled people like Hoffman.

I have learned the hard way when it comes to buying reissues.  Now I try to restrict my purchases of reissues to high quality audiophile CDs or SACDs.  These cost more but many other reissues aren't worth the purchase.

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by mykyll2727 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:10 pm

   I too have found that many "remastered" CDs have only had their sound levels boosted and indeed sound worse. In these instances I feel it's just a marketing scheme to get more sales. unfortunately it leaves buyers with two versions of the same CD where the new one actually has an inferior sound. But also I found some where there has been an improvement. Sometimes quite dramatically so. Difficult to know which to have (which is particularly distressing in these economic times) unless you can find some reliable reviews._Mykl
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by mykyll2727 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:15 pm


On 2011-02-17 23:58, David_S wrote:
The transport assembly is new for the 3100ES & the 9100ES uses the exact same transport assembly.




I'm still confused. Wouldn't it be that the 3100/9100es models were built from existing 555ES parts rather than the other way around?_mykl
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by scott1019 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:30 pm

I revised my earlier post as I too was confused at my remarks. Yes, parts used in the NC555ES were "carried-over" into the 3100ES/9100ES.
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by mykyll2727 » Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:02 pm


On 2011-02-18 20:30, scott1019 wrote:
I revised my earlier post as I too was confused at my remarks.  Yes, parts used in the NC555ES were "carried-over" into the 3100ES/9100ES.

  
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No problem. I confuse myself and others ALL the time with my remarks. It's cool to know that at least sometimes I'm not alone._mykl
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by scott1019 » Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:56 pm

I go back and revise things when i notice, but sometimes it takes you guys to remind me of my mistakes!

OK. I am now the proud owner of a 3100ES!! I've been missing my NC555ES and the price was right.

What multi-track SACDs will really showcase what they are capable of?
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by David_S » Sat Feb 19, 2011 8:55 pm


On 2011-02-19 19:56, scott1019 wrote:
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What multi-track SACDs will really showcase what they are capable of?  

If you like any Pink Floyd material, then Dark Side of The Moon is a must.  I read the original review for the Dark Side of The Moon SACD when it was released and said "I have to get that".  I am not dissapointed.

I have very little classical in SACD, nothing of outstanding note.  One of the Moody Blues has a pretty good 5.1 mix, but I would have to re-listen to them in 5.1 to remember which one it is.

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by mykyll2727 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 4:37 pm

 If rock is your taste and you're looking at 5.1 I agree that DSTM is awesome. I also very highly recommend Dire Straits Brothers in Arms and Steely Dan's AJA. Toto IV, Alice in Chains greatest hits are also excellent. And if you can get it (LOL) Scorpions Moment of Glory has a terrific 5.1 mix. The last new copy of it that I saw sold on eBay for > $1300.00!!!! For 5.1 jazz I strongly suggest Diana Krall's discs. They're superbly done as is Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells, The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out. Norah Jones' Come Away With Me is a 5.1 reference standard, and justifibly so, for many audiophiles and reviewers. For 2ch jazz look to Patricia Barber for awesome sound quality. I know many others but at least this should give you a starting point._mykl
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by scott1019 » Sat Feb 26, 2011 3:28 pm

My "new" DVP-NC555ES with SACDmods is coming shortly!! I can't wait to report my findings!
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