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#198913 - 03/03/08 07:42 PM SACD's
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Do any of you guys listen to SACD's. The is nothing out there that compares in sound quality to a multichannel SACD in a good player, its like the difference between a High Definition TV compared to an old broadcast. The only drawback with these disks is that there isn't as many to choose from as the standard CD's.


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#198916 - 03/03/08 07:51 PM Re: SACD's [Re: JKP005]
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I have about 250 of them!
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#198918 - 03/03/08 07:53 PM Re: SACD's [Re: EFalardeau]
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Any reccomendations? I have many of them as well. Dire Straits is a fav and numerous Blues. The best place to score I have found is acoustic sounds..Not into Classical.


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#198919 - 03/03/08 08:03 PM Re: SACD's [Re: JKP005]
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Only into classical... \:\)
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#198931 - 03/03/08 08:43 PM Re: SACD's [Re: JKP005]
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I have 30 or so SACDs but like all formats their quality varies according to how well the recording engineer made use of the bandwidth and preserved dynamic range.

For outstanding sound quality, I can't say enough superlatives about the Mobile Fidelity SACDs. Highly Recommended for exceptional sound quality;

Patricia Barber: Cafe Blue, Modern Cool, Companion, Nightclub

Ravel Bolero Minnesota Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski conducting

Coleman Hawkings: The Hawk flies High



Other high quality SACD issues:

Rebecca Pidgeon: Retrospective

The World's Greatest Audiophile Vocal Recordings

Livingston Taylor: Ink

Wille Nelson: Stardust

Eddie Higgins: Tenderly, Best of Eddie Higgins

Dave Brubeck Quartet: Take Five

Jacintha: Here's to Ben, A Tribute to Ben Webster

Audiophile reference IV

David Sanborn : Time Again

Cecilia Bartoli, Gluck Italian Arias

Superbass 2, Ray Brown, Joseph clayton, Christian McBride






Lesser Quality (Get the regular CD instead):

Roxy Music, Best of

Peter Gabriel, Shaking the Tree

Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sesssions

Eric Clapton, 461 Ocean Boulevard

Monty Alexander, Stir It Up
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#198967 - 03/04/08 02:13 AM Re: SACD's [Re: JKP005]
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JK, although the SACD format doesn't automatically guarantee better sound, many SACDs are in fact produced in a superior manner. There're about 2,000 classical SACDs and and totally neglecting them is to unnecessarily miss out on some great music in excellent sound. I'll mention this Mussorgsky collection , available for about $12 with shipping, this Gershwin collection , about $17, and a companion disc(about $22) , which I like even better, from Mobile Fidelity to the fine Ravel collection that John(Jake)mentioned. All this is colorful music which should appeal to most.
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#198985 - 03/04/08 08:35 AM Re: SACD's [Re: JohnK]
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John, which SACDs of the Beethoven Symphonies would you recommend? I've been checking either the Karajan, Berliner Philharmoic or Osmo Vanska, Minnesota Orchestra.
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#199000 - 03/04/08 11:01 AM Re: SACD's [Re: jakeman]
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I have a small collection and am adding to it.
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#199017 - 03/04/08 12:18 PM Re: SACD's [Re: mapatton]
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Guess I had better check out some classical tunes. There are some great blues sacd's. Jmmy Witherspoon, Dietra Farr, Buddy Guy to name a couple. Patricia Barber is 2 channel...well recorded but I find 2 channel music boring now.
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#199100 - 03/04/08 11:00 PM Re: SACD's [Re: jakeman]
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John, I don't have enough personal info for a complete analysis, but what I've heard and read would lead me to suggest that the Vanska discs have the outstanding sound quality and at least the 9th is a very high-energy performance that I really like. I'd also suggest that Kleiber's vigorous performances of the 5th and 7th, which are my clear choice on CD, should also be the pick on SACD. Note that Karajan's complete set is from the early 60s performances, and even with the improved remixing and remastering, there's a limit to the sonic improvement(still a bit of hiss, etc.)that's possible, and so the newer Vanska recordings would have the advantage there.

So, Kleiber 5 and 7, Vanska 9.
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