George Thorogood " Move It On Over " is no treat for the ears...
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Although all 12 SACD's I've purchased are Classical, I've come to the conclusion that the original cd's I have are better sounding! I also noticed that the dynamic range was such that the quiet spots were so quiet I couldn't hear them, then the full volume would send me out of the room; so I was constantly using the remote control--translation, a pain in the butt! Therefore, I've given up on SACD.
The same problem with BluRay videos. Way to many are just the same resolution as the DVD. just as:.. when DVD came out, some of the movies were in the same resolution as the laserdic, even worse, a very few were just copies of VHS on DVD.
Then you get "Blade Runner, where they did the transfer from film to a 4x density? something like 2800x8000 and lower the pixle rate with an outstanding algorythym. So Blade Runner is the true standard of what can be done in Blue Ray.
Some companies just take everyone for suckers, "hey it's on BluRay, Or "hey its on SACD, so it must me better". Too bad these companies can't be sued for deceitful practices.
They worry so much about possible copyright infringment, and then turn around and screw thier artists, and the public, who think they are buying a high quality product, and are getting crap.
totally agree, there is a lot of bad recordings on formats that are capable of much more. For example there is so many bad trasfers on blu ray movies. It all starts with the type of lenses,type of film, camera, camera settings, lighting, transfer technology and finally the director style he wants for the film. Initially the movie can be extremely sharp but if he/she wants a lot of grain and high contrasty film (wicht is the actual trend) the movie will lose resolution. The same happens with music, it depends on the quality of the instruments, the recording studio and the sound engineer. One of the worst recording i have heard was Red Book "Counting Crows" their latest album (2008) wich is dull and awful.
What amazes me is the much higher quality off of
DVD Soundtracks than their CD matching counterpart.
What the hell are they using for the Mastering source
for these CD's? Why not just rent the DVD Movie and
rip a copy of its Soundtrack? It would still sound twice
as better than its CD counterpart, or not half as bad!
That would end the Market for horrible sounding CD
Soundtracks based on the worst Mastering ever. That
could put some of those horrible Master Copies out in
the Corn Field permanently, where they belong.
An example of an excellent sounding SACD (stereo layer) is Elton John's Captain Fantastic. If this disc sounds bad on your SACD player, it will be difficult for your to accurately assess the merits of any SACD you play. This SACD is availble at Amazon or for under $10.00 at YourMusic.
In addition to all the lousy quality back catalog released by Sony (much of it fawned over by early adopters), most of the early SACD players sounded pretty bad. These players and discs are not representative of what SACD can do.
Gandme, I think the Norah Jones SACD sucks, and I am not alone. I didn't know anything about the remastering/recording controversy. I just know on every disc player I have ever had the CD version sounded better. I no longer have a reference level disc player, but it's even more pronounced to me on my current disc player (Oppo BP83), especially if I put the CD output through my Bryston DAC.
I won't even get into comparing the SACD to the vinyl on that recording, which is no contest at all.
I have hundreds of SACD's and DVD-Audio discs like many on Audiogon, and it was a great format. The Elton John SACD's, all of them are truly sublime in both stereo and surround (I never really listen to that anymore), and I spent the last couple of years collecting them as the format died. But, for many reasons, including poorly executed pressings, such as the mentioned Norah Jones, it is going the way of the 8-track and Betamax.
I'm glad you are not alone...there a many SACD's recorded in the same manner using analog masters including Elton John's. I'm sure they are engineered differently (DSD mix etc.). You do not like the SACD format and have your best results with vinyl... fair enough. The Norah Jones SACD is still better to my ears on my system. I will continue listening to SACD's that "suck"...
I love SACD, it just didn't make it. I have hundreds of discs that as the technology continues to move forward I am sure I will be able to place easily onto my music server and play the files through my DAC (or one to come). So I'm invested for good, but as the question on this thread was poorly realized SACD transfers, I lended my voice. Below is an article on the crappy, rotten, awful, terrible, and wholly reprehensible Norah Jones disc that no audiophile, especially after reading the attached Stereophile article would ever admit to listening to, so don't even mention owning it.
Macdadtexas, while I am disappointed on how sacds have evolved, classical recordings continue to flourish. I also have an Oppo 83, but heavily modified by Exemplar. I must say that many, in fact most, sacds are outstanding on this unit. Last evening in particular, I listened to Patricia Barber's Companion both on sacd and cd. The sacd had much better realism in its soundstage and applause. I bought the Oppo because it gave me the greatest flexibility in my summer home, but I must admit that I am continually drawn away from my Mac Powerbook Pro, Amarra, Firewire, and Weiss Minerva music server to the sacds on the Oppo. I have given up on anyone ever finding a method to put sacds on a harddrive.