SACD fans?

I'm looking at buying a disc or two from cdjapan and the shipping prices it is showing me are around $20. Haven't looked on Discogs yet but will.

Edit -clicked to checkout and the shipping went up to $57!! Not going to buy there. Amazon has them for a little higher but shipping is $3.99!
 
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I'm looking at buying a disc or two from cdjapan and the shipping prices it is showing me are around $20. Haven't looked on Discogs yet but will.

Edit -clicked to checkout and the shipping went up to $57!! Not going to buy there. Amazon has them for a little higher but shipping is $3.99!
I see something similar per my post on the previous page of this thread. If you click the shipping calculator on the product page itself, it looks reasonable, however when you go to calculate shipping at checkout, it skyrockets.

Not sure if that's a software glitch on their end or what, but two 7" mini LP sleeve SACDs ship to NY for $100+, which is ridiculous and not happening. I just tried it again and it remains unchanged from my post of November 25th, once added to cart, two 7" mini LP sleeve SACDs are over $100 to ship to NY by any method, even the uninsured Airmail.

I just sent their customer service email a note asking what's up with this.
 
Hi folks,

There is a 50% off sale at Pentatone Music - they have a significant catalog of mostly classical music. SACD is the favorite on the site and you can often purchase Hi-Res at lower resolutions (and cost). Most music is available by disc and/or download. DSD is downloaded as ISO images so you will need the SACDExtractGUI software from the ripping thread.

Mike suggested I post this here, so thanks should go to him.

Happy holidays.
 

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Hi folks,

There is a 50% off sale at Pentatone Music - they have a significant catalog of mostly classical music. SACD is the favorite on the site and you can often purchase Hi-Res at lower resolutions (and cost). Most music is available by disc and/or download. DSD is downloaded as ISO images so you will need the SACDExtractGUI software from Mike.

Mike suggested I post this here, so thanks should go to him.

Happy holidays.
Thank you! I just took advantage of that and bought a few discs. I hope it gets here faster than the book I ordered from London in October (still waiting.... on a slow boat ....). :)
 
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Thank you! I just took advantage of that and bought a few discs. I hope it gets here faster than the book I ordered from London in October (still waiting.... on a slow boat ....). :)
I am in the shopping cart right now debating the wait and ship cost, the ISO download is attractive at this point, and I did not know Pentatone was offering those. While I much prefer owning the physical media, this might have to be a case of instant gratification!
 
Thank you! I just took advantage of that and bought a few discs. I hope it gets here faster than the book I ordered from London in October (still waiting.... on a slow boat ....). :)

You're welcome - here's what their FAQ has about shipping:
Physical CD:
Every item on our website should always be in stock. Our warehouse is located in the Netherlands and depending on where you live your order should reach you in approximately a week. You will receive an e-mail when your order has left our warehouse.
If by way of exception an item of your order is not in stock, it will reach you within approximately a month. We will inform you by e-mail about the delay.
 

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I went the instant gratification route of DSD64 download, for now anyway, as I didn't see an impending expiration date on the sale, so I'll likely end up back there again soon. In the meantime, for the holidays:

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In for Girlfriend and 100% Fun, so I guess I know what to do, huh?
Me too, and I thought all those months ago there was a 4th Matthew Sweet title that was announced simultaneously, but I no longer recall what it was and since they were all at one point canceled, there doesn't seem to be any remaining mention of it.
 
Yes, I'm also still an SACD fan. Call me oldfashioned, but I still prefer physical media over downloads.

A somewhat 'special' SACD: Patricia Barber's café blue UN-mastered from Premonition Records.

Pure studio sound, very direct. Took some time until I tuned in to this, but now it's great. One of the best discs I own.

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Yes, I'm also still an SACD fan. Call me oldfashioned, but I still prefer physical media over downloads.

A somewhat 'special' SACD: Patricia Barber's café blue UN-mastered from Premonition Records.

Pure studio sound, very direct. Took some time until I tuned in to this, but now it's great. One of the best discs I own.

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That is an excellent SACD, and I see her upcoming album Higher on Impex Records will be released on SACD on Jan. 30th, rare for new releases to come out on that format other than classical music.
 

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A8D08528-3ACA-4B27-B64F-64EE72ED7C2D.jpegMore SACDs showing up. Well, an SACD and a Kevin Gray mastered gold CD. Love’s Forever Changes on MFSL SACD and Ellington Indigos, on Impex gold CD. Both are excellent. Forever Changes sounds cleaner, more open, than I’m used to hearing it.
 
Scott Hamilton: Ballads For Audiophiles (Fonè Records, Italy, 2016)

Bought this one in November last year, and it instantly became my new internal reference for sound quality. So pure, so intimate, so 'life' ...

Music: very relaxed, love it!

Highly recommended.

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Patricia Barber's new release Higher on Impex Records SACD is now shipping.
  • The first-ever 5.1/2.0 SACD hybrid release from Impex Records
  • Vividly recorded & mixed by Grammy-winning engineer and long-time collaborator Jim Anderson
  • Technical direction by Ulrike Schwarz, Anderson Audio New York
  • Recorded using Merging+Clock Technologies & ESP MusicCord Power Distribution
  • Stereo & Surround mixed at Skywalker Sound
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering
  • Both 5.1 and 2.0 SACD layers were transferred directly to DSD from original DXD (352.8kHz/32-bit)
  • Deluxe package featuring art & photos unique to the SACD with new note from Patricia Barber
  • SACD release has 4 bonus tracks
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Run-DMC's Raising Hell is an interesting choice for SACD treatment by Mobile Fidelity. I've never owned this 1986 album on any media. Produced by Rick Rubin, Raising Hell is considered to be the earliest example of a hip-hop crossover smash success, and was the first hip-hop record to go multi-platinum in sales. A recent TAS review noted the following:

Raising Hell raised the bar for rap. The original CD already sounded good, and the SACD gives it more space, air, and detail - all the things we expect from hi-res. The music is looser, the beats are tighter, and the energy is higher. Mad props to MoFi for wading into hip-hop.-Stephen Estep, The Absolute Sound, February 2021, Music 3.5/5, Sonics 5/5

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I was looking for something to share the shipping cost with the new Patricia Barber SACD release Higher, and this is it. How's that for an SACD genre mash-up?
 
Run-DMC's Raising Hell is an interesting choice for SACD treatment by Mobile Fidelity. Produced by Rick Rubin, I've never owned this 1986 album on any media, considered to be the earliest example of a Hip-hop crossover smash success. I noted a recent TAS review that said the following:

Raising Hell raised the bar for rap. The original CD already sounded good, and the SACD gives it more space, air, and detail - all the things we expect from hi-res. The music is looser, the beats are tighter, and the energy is higher. Mad props to MoFi for wading into hip-hop.-Stephen Estep, The Absolute Sound, February 2021, Music 3.5/5, Sonics 5/5

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I was looking for something to share the shipping cost with the new Patricia Barber SACD release Higher, and this is it. How's that for an SACD genre mash-up?

That is pretty darn crazy.

I only had it on cassette.
 

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I finally worked it out with CDJapan, their shipping calculator is showing the order total including the price of the discs, not just a shipping charge. So the $100 or so I was mistaking for the shipping charge is the estimated order total.

That said, shipping is still sky high with the lack of flights and COVID issues causing fewer employees to be more adequately spaced, apparently everything about it is more expensive right now for CDJapan, so it's not just the shipping that has been increased, but the handling as well.

They've also had on and off access to my favored method, which is EMS. Right now it's off again, so my only real choice at a similar cost to EMS was DHL. $25 to NY for the two Santana 7" mini LP sleeve SACDs culled from the quad tapes, plus two Blu-spec CD2 titles riding along (not pictured).

I went for it, not so much out of curiosity about the sound, I already have various good sounding versions of these albums including the MoFi SACDs, but more so for the limited collectible release aspect, and a slight bit of curiosity about those "BSCD2" discs too:

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