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Maybe you could rent a decent hall, get a manufacturer or two to loan you a big system, invite 100 audiophiles over at $100 a head and let them all listen, then compare to the vinyl, CD and hi-rez download you also get for your $8K. You might even make some money out of it after taking the refreshments into account!
This is GREAT :-) My GrooveMaster Vintage Direct DN308 Professional has the 14" platter required for these - got to raise the price though :-) if onetime plays are $ 8K, I'm selling these too cheap :-)
Anytime I think I've heard or seen it all, things like this crop up. *L*
glennewdick got it sussed, though. Hook up a pro level R2R AND a digital recorder. Make absolutely sure it's all 'go to go'. Pray there's no power failure mid-session; if any qualms, provide your own power source.
Bootleg it. *evil grin*
And sue the %#@$ off whomever markets the same session you've moved heaven and earth when you see the same at K-Mart for $5.....*LOL*
Yeah, you'll get counter-sued, but if you've got those sort of bucks to play about with you'll have fun in court making a fuss and become some sort of audiophile Robin Hood....;)
I'll make some popcorn and watch the show....*G*
As the years have passed, I personally have turned to value in my quest for audio excellence. I too have chuckled at many seemingly absurd cost vs performance or lack there of products.
But with that being said, there are people indulging in the quest for seemingly great wines for that special meal as well.
PT Barnum would be proud.
So how is this something that is so special. From the video it appears that these are not original DD recordings but taken from a recorded copy. Are they actually trying to say that this is the ultimate transfer medium. This is just stupid silly. No, this is close to criminal.
So............do you know anyone who actually bought one on these? In that case ..........may I take a selfie with that person?
Then I can have the selfie picture framed nicely, and invite all of you to look at the picture, and charge you merely $5 for that i.e. to witness a piece of history..........oh btw........I will provide a complimentary 6oz soda and 2oz popcorn while you look at the picture :)
I really think things like this and $20,000 cables are obscene. To indulge oneself so grotesquely while others are in severe need is truly evil. People are up in arms over government budget cuts to programs for the poor; but never look to their own wallets.
Sorry to be a wet blanket. I do enjoy the jokes.
"I really think things like this and $20,000 cables are obscene. To indulge oneself so grotesquely while others are in severe need is truly evil. People are up in arms over government budget cuts to programs for the poor; but never look to their own wallets."
Of course you are free to think as you wish and to condemn those you have never met and will probably never know as "evil" because of nothing more than idle assumptions you have made on your part in the complete absence of specific information. You claim to know that those who spend $20,000 on cables never, ever look at they're wallets yet you provide no basis for anyone to conclude that this claim of your's is based on anything but you're prejudiced and most likely jealous nature.
You would be wise to consider that it is not only possible but actually very likely that those who spend $20,000 on cables give even greater sums to worthwhile causes, sums that may rise in to the many many millions of US dollars. I say that this is a very likely conclusion based on rigorous statistical analysis of how the truly wealthy actually spend their resources.
As a pro mastering and vinyl cutting studio, we master on these lacquers daily. They sound great, but if the 8k lacquers being sold are the transfers off the original recording then 1. they can be listened to more than once (though not as much as vinyl) and 2. the cost price including labour to make these is more than a factor of 10 cheaper than 8k, so we really don't understand how they are charging so much, even if they have chosen to make a one-off transcript only. It is hard to believe they would be selling the original lacquer from years back when first recorded, as these would be museum pieces and therefore priceless, especially given they are big name jazz artists. Also, if they have gone to vinyl press, the lacquers become destroyed in the process, so wouldn't exist in playable form. We have met these guys and like them, but something doesn't sound right here/story not complete.
I checked out their Devialet's site, and they're offering their recordings as "normal" vinyl copies for a 99 bucks or so, and the lacquers are simply another option offered for reasons only known to them, although ya gotta hand it to their marketing department for coming up with an effective attention getter.
Since these are classics, I'm going to play them on my 1960 vintage Garrard changer through my vintage Fisher receiver (Tubes!) and my ElectroVoice speakers (connected with zipcord). I will take the remains of the recording and my classic stereo, put it all on a Viking longboat which I will set on fire and push out into my (private) lake.