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#35988 - 03/03/04 02:06 PM Music/concert DVDs vs. CDs?
Ray3 Offline
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Registered: 02/02/04
Posts: 2840
Loc: Rochester, NY
Since my new Axioms are driving an incredible elevation in my interest in music, I have been haunting CD stores and various web resources researching CDs. While I knew there were music videos out there, I was amazed at the number of music DVDs that I have come across. I borrowed Santana - Supernatural from a friend and it was interesting.

I'm wondering if these music DVDs offer anything better than CDs. Obviously there is the visual addition. Am I correct in assuming that the audio comes in richer options than CDs? What are the plusses and minuses of DVDs vs. CDs?


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#35989 - 03/03/04 10:31 PM Re: Music/concert DVDs vs. CDs?
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Registered: 05/16/02
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
Ray, I have 2 concert DVD's that are phenomenal. AC/DC - Live at Donington, and Fleetwood Mac - The Dance.

Of course, AC/DC is a non-stop fireball of energy, assaulting you for a solid 2 hours. It was filmed in 35mm Panavision, with 26 cameras AND a helicopter. 18 songs in stereo, or 5.1 surround. Looks and sounds fantastic.

The Fleetwood Mac disc is even BETTER. It was recorded in 1997, and I believe it was their first public appearance since their break up in the 80's. They have never sounded better. I have watched this DVD over 150 times and I am still amazed at their flawless performance. Rumours was released in what, 1977? 20 years later and they can still pull it off. And I can't even begin to describe the quality of the recording. You literally feel like you are in the front row. Then, to top it off, the USC marching band comes out for 2 songs! 22 songs in stereo, or 5.1 surround.


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#35990 - 03/03/04 10:44 PM Re: Music/concert DVDs vs. CDs?
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Registered: 09/05/03
Posts: 84
I've only purchased 1 music DVD, Neil Diamond and while it is good, I was not overly impressed with the audio. The Fleetwood Mac does "sound" very interesting though....

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#35991 - 03/03/04 10:44 PM Re: Music/concert DVDs vs. CDs?
Ray3 Offline
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Registered: 02/02/04
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Loc: Rochester, NY
Thanks Shawn, that's what I was trying to get at (I didn't articulate my question very well). It seems to me that aside from the added attraction of being able to see the performers, the DVDs offer a significant opportunity to hear the music in stereo AND 5.1 at least. There are likely more audio options available as well. Sure would like to see some additional input on this.

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#35992 - 03/03/04 11:19 PM Re: Music/concert DVDs vs. CDs?
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Registered: 12/30/03
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Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
Hey Ray,

Haven't bought any music DVDs yet, though the Fleetwood Mac sounds attractive, but I bought my first two dtsCDs. Diana Krall - Love Scenes, and The Eagles - Hell Freezes Over. In hindsight I shoulda just bought the Hell Freezes Over DVD, so I could both watch AND listen. Haven't listened to the CDs yet, but I'll be interested to see how the 5.1 mix sounds. Too sick. I'll let ya know what I think when I listen to them.

Where have you been finding the DVDs? Can you steer me to a web site that has a good selection?
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#35993 - 03/03/04 11:23 PM Re: Music/concert DVDs vs. CDs?
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Registered: 02/07/04
Posts: 537
Loc: Winterpeg
Norah Jones live in New Orleans is an amazing DVD, great picture (not that there's a lot going on) and even better sound. Fantastic for any Norah fan and they now sell a version that includes the DVD and her first CD. Picked up mine for $16.99 Canadian. Great deal!!!
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#35994 - 03/03/04 11:44 PM Re: Music/concert DVDs vs. CDs?
joema Offline
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Registered: 12/21/03
Posts: 273
Loc: Nashville, TN
In theory the DD or DTS 5.1 audio on DVD video can be better than CD. In actuality it varies depending on many things -- acoustics during recording (esp relevant if a live concert), quality of masters, quality of mix, etc.

I have Eagles - Hell Freezes Over DVD. Audio and performances are very good, plus you have the video. However the audio on the DVD-A Hotel California is much better.

If you want the ultimate audio, there's nothing better than the best multichannel DVD-A and SACDs. Unfortunately there are just a few truly great ones. Hopefully more will be released in time.

A particularly good DVD video is The Who - The Kids Are All Right. The DD 5.1 soundtrack varies in quality, because some of the performances (hence recording equipment) are old. But overall it's a superb example of high quality video (it's widescreen), high quality audio, and superb performances. Some of the performances are the best I've seen by any band, ever.

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#35995 - 03/04/04 12:30 AM Re: Music/concert DVDs vs. CDs?
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Registered: 05/16/02
Posts: 1121
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Oh, I forgot to mention that I am 2 channel (with sub) only. I can't comment on how those DVD's sound in 5.1.

When I was at Joe's (from Axiom) last year, he played a few tracks from this dts cd: http://www.dtsentertainment.com/sellsheet-md.php?upc=710215102122
Very impressive. Although, it could have been the system.....
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#35996 - 03/04/04 03:33 AM Re: Music/concert DVDs vs. CDs?
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Registered: 04/02/03
Posts: 16259
Loc: Leesburg, Virginia
If you like Tom Petty, (and who in their right mind doesn't? ) I recommend his Live at the Fillmore DVD.

Also, the recently released Led Zeppelin DVD set is great.
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#35997 - 03/04/04 06:17 AM Re: Music/concert DVDs vs. CDs?
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Registered: 02/16/02
Posts: 82
Loc: Florida, USA
Give the well-regarded Eagles "When Hell Freezes Over" DVD a try... It's amazing. DTS or DD both sound incredible; it's as if they're doing the show in your room. On the DTS version, there's a bonus track (Seven Bridges Road) that is worth hearing. Enjoy.

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