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#389730 - 02/14/13 10:59 AM Good source material to buy(hdtracks.com,sacd etc)
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Registered: 02/11/13
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What are some must have discs that sound amazing on your Axioms?

Also what formats will provide the best sound? So much info out there on this, wanted to hear what the Axiom owners preferences are. Just download from a place like hdtracks or go with an sacd/dvd-a?

What are some of your go to albums for each as I know a lot of it depends on the recording and mastering process?

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#389732 - 02/14/13 11:11 AM Re: Good source material to buy(hdtracks.com,sacd etc) [Re: mrgreg]
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The SACD of Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits. Best thing I've got in my collection.
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#389735 - 02/14/13 11:22 AM Re: Good source material to buy(hdtracks.com,sacd etc) [Re: mrgreg]
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Any good suggestions on websites to buy high quality discs as well? Thanks in advance!

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#389742 - 02/14/13 12:54 PM Re: Good source material to buy(hdtracks.com,sacd etc) [Re: mrgreg]
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You need to check out the forum thread called "Stunning Recordings" under the Stereo section. IMO, recording and mastering make more of a difference than the medium.

I'm sure there is some scientist out there that can either confirm or deny my belief that most/all human hearing can't tell the difference above a certain bit rate and depth.

Ken, do you think you can hear the difference between the SACD and CD of that disk? If so, do you attribute that difference to increased bit depth or some other change besides the medium?
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#389744 - 02/14/13 01:30 PM Re: Good source material to buy(hdtracks.com,sacd etc) [Re: mrgreg]
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I have never tried, Tom. Sorry!
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#389745 - 02/14/13 01:36 PM Re: Good source material to buy(hdtracks.com,sacd etc) [Re: mrgreg]
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But ... this one goes to eleven. It's one louder, innit?
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#389746 - 02/14/13 02:52 PM Re: Good source material to buy(hdtracks.com,sacd etc) [Re: mrgreg]
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I have about 20 SACDs now. Whether they sound better than the equivalent CD, I don't know as I've never directly compared them.

I believe that SACDs are generally superior to CDs just for the fact that it is an 'audiophile' format. With that comes with more care being put into producing, recording & mixing the product & the resulting sound is a more pleasing package. While many SACDs are simply stunning, some are rather average, especially if they are reissues of old recordings where all the remixing in the world is not going to bring them up to modern recording standards.

For excellent lively, dynamic fusion instrumental jazz with great, deep percussion, Spyro Gyra's SACDs 'Good to Go-Go' & 'Wrapped in a Dream' are simply top notch. These 2 tend to be the lowest priced of SG's offerings compared to their rarer works & well worth the price.

They make your system sing, especially if you have a sub in your system...

TAM

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#389747 - 02/14/13 03:05 PM Re: Good source material to buy(hdtracks.com,sacd etc) [Re: exlabdriver]
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Originally Posted By: exlabdriver
They make your system sing ...

Heeeey - aren't you the guy who sold me those Pear cables?! mad
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#389752 - 02/14/13 07:17 PM Re: Good source material to buy(hdtracks.com,sacd etc) [Re: mrgreg]
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If they were made of Zip Cord, it could have been me, ha!!...

TAM

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#389757 - 02/14/13 09:48 PM Re: Good source material to buy(hdtracks.com,sacd etc) [Re: mrgreg]
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More often than not, if the CD was recorded/produced well then the other versions, SACD, DVD-A etc. are also from the same recordings and produced at the same high level, for example the aforementioned Brothers in Arms. It is a great CD and all the other mediums it has been produced on have only enhanced the level of detail/quality.
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