Rockyboy, there are several CD's that have been remastered in HDCD and haven't been coded as such. I agree with you. There was a website; hdcd.com that at one time listed all the albums remastered in HDCD, but I haven't seen it up in a while. I think HDCD rivals SACD. Professor Johnson is brilliant! Too bad Microsoft bought out Pacific Microsonics, Johnson's company and raised the royalty fees to use HDCD coding. That is why so many manufacturers don't offer it anymore.
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If you like the Moody Blues, 5 of their earlier recordings were remastered and released as hybrid SACD's earlier this year. I'm a Moody Blues nut and I found the SACD's to be superior to any version (Vinyl, MoFi Vinyl, MoFi Gold CD's) that I have heard. I haven't been a big fan of SACD, but these pressings are very good.
Just been listening to Dolly Parton on SACD - Little Sparrow - where she does a wonderful version of "Shine" (Collective Soul) - Vocals are outstanding on this recording.
I agree on HDCD and XRCD too - the quality is usually outstanding. I've had quite a few HDCD's which weren't marked as such, or rather you had to look at the fine print to discover it, or watch the lights on the DAC light up.
xrcds are a waste of money. i have compared the xrcd to the orginal recording and have preferred the original recording each time.
xrcds generally attenuate bass and give the apparent perception of more detail. i will not buy these cds anymore.
as for hdcds, i find them easier to listen to they are more relaxed sounding with possibly a loss of detail.
Launche - Acousticsounds.com and Musicdirect.com both sell HDCDs as well as other formats.
Alpass - I live in the past, so forgive my taste. Here's some of my favorites:
Creedence Clearwater Revival - 20bit
Billy Joel/52nd St - Sony Bit Mapping (SBM)
Pink Floyd/Wish You were Here - SBM
Boston - SBM
Santana - SBM
Simon & Garfunkel/Bridge over Troubled Water - SBM
Sly & the Family Stone/Stand - SBM
Birds/Greatest Hits - SBM
Bad Company - HDCD
Crosby, Stills & Nash - HDCD
Alan Parsons Project/Works - SBM
The Cars - HDCD
Buffalo Springfield/Again - HDCD
BeeGees/Greatest Hits - HDCD
The Band/Greatest Hits - 24bit
Eric Clapton/Reptile - HDCD
Chet Atkins/Master and His Music - HDCD
Beach Boys/Pet Sounds - HDCD
Van Halen - HDCD
Dire Straits/Best of - HDCD
Plus various Reference Recordings in HDCD - Dick Hyman, Pomp & Pipes, Turtle Creek Chorale - Postcards, etc.
Like Marakanetz, I buy ony the artists that I like. But like I said in my original post, I'm a sucker for a better format if I come across the same album. Unfortunately, I never took the SACD or DVDA plunge. Still not sure if one or both ever really caught on. So I'm clueless as to what they offer and which is superior.