Well, as you may have read, I’ve been in the multi-channel zone all week. Gosh, I remember when the big prize was finding a music video with proper 2-channel stereo!
And what about all my stereo LP’s? I’m not going to forsake those, am I? No, I know better than that! Really good sounding stereo is better than weak-sounding multi-channel, I reckon.
With SA-CD’s, I think now I will only go for stereo ones where I like the music. I might still try some DVD-A’s or SA-CD’s in multi-channel if it was a bit out of my comfort zone, but I’m certainly not paying any big bucks for ‘stereo only’ SA-CD’s anymore!
That’s what I get for being late to the party on multi-channel audio – some desirable titles are out of print already, most are ‘hard to find’ and some are expensive! I recently obtained an ’09 DVD-A multi-channel version of Mike Oldfield “Tubular Bells” – a title I could never find as an SA-CD! Of course, it’s list price is 5,800 yen (approx. US$70.00!), and I paid a bit more than that for it. Why, you ask?
I could mail-order the “Deluxe Edition” from England, but the DVD could be PAL (or have area coding I couldn’t work with) – and may not play in my 5.1 set-up. The Japanese disc was NTSC and “All” NTSC area coding. The 2 x CD’s in the package (original mix, and ’09 mix plus bonus tracks) are SHM-CD’s, as well. Nice big booklet, too!
I guess the conclusion that I have reached about SA-CD’s is that:
a) the stereo only ones are about the mastering
b) the multi-channel ones are about…the multi-channel mixing
I can’t really reach a conclusion about DVD-A titles, as I don’t have enough of them to really…begin to see any patterns emerge. I’d like to find more of them, like:
THE BAND – Last Waltz
GEORGE BENSON – Breezin’
DAVID BOWIE – David Live
ERIC CLAPTON – There’s One In Every Crowd
B.J. COLE – Trouble In Paradise
ALICE COOPER – Billion Dollar Babies
DEEP PURPLE – Machine Head
DONOVAN – Fairytale
THE DOORS – L.A. Woman
DONALD FAGAN – Nightfly
THE FIXX – 1011 Woodland
PORCUPINE TREE – Stupid Dreams
QUEEN – A Night At The Opera
QUEEN – The Game
TOY MATINEE – Toy Matinee
YES – Fragile
NEIL YOUNG – Harvest
NEIL YOUNG – On The Beach
NEIL YOUNG – Greendale