SACD fans?

MikeyFresh

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unfortunately not yet re-opened after its pandemic closure. should be a lot of stuff in there when it does re-open.
On the website under Specials ➞ Closeout Music, I think you can see most of that stuff, though I've never personally seen the in-store version and so I can't really say how it compares.

Certainly more fun on an in-person browsing basis, but this is the current SACD selection in that category, some very nice titles there for $19.99.
 

JohnVF

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On the website under Specials ➞ Closeout Music, I think you can see most of that stuff, though I've never personally seen the in-store version and so I can't really say how it compares.

Certainly more fun on an in-person browsing basis, but this is the current SACD selection in that category, some very nice titles there for $19.99.
It’s basically a full sized record store hiding in their warehouse. Damaged/b-stock, etc. There’s also demo and b-stock gear, though that’s probably all listed.
 

MikeyFresh

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The USPS up their game, this shipment arrived 2 days earlier than the tracking said it would, shipped from Indianapolis on 4/12 and delivered in New York on 4/14:

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Interesting liner note in the gatefold of Still Crazy After All These Years:

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MikeyFresh

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I knew there was a 4th Matthew Sweet title announced for SACD reissue, but after they were initially canceled by Intervention Records, it appeared more recently that only 3 were reinstated.

Today I got an email from Elusive Disc saying the 4th title, Son of Altered Beast, has also been reinstated and is now scheduled for release July 16:

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MikeyFresh

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Mobile Fidelity is said to be shipping two more reissue SACD titles by the end of May, though I'm not entirely sure that I want either one of them.

Jeff Beck's Truth is a great album, and while I'm curious what kind of sound MoFi can retrieve from those master tapes, I already have the Audio Fidelity SACD reissue of that same title mastered by Steve Hoffman just a few years ago, as well as a perfectly good remastered CD reissued in the last decade or so.

I would have preferred MoFi reissue the companion 1969 album Beck-Ola on SACD instead, and/or the very overlooked 1980 There And Back which had the misfortune of being the studio follow-up to the brilliant and famous Blow By Blow, and Wired, really a no-win situation.

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The other forthcoming Mobile Fidelity release is The Alan Parsons Project Eye In The Sky which is another title that I already have in hi-res via a rip of the 2017 Blu-ray Audio disc reissue, as well as a 2006 Arista/Legacy remastered expanded deluxe CD.

This one is also interesting in that the original 1982 album was multitrack analog tape mixed to Sony PCM 1610 3/4" U-Matic 16-bit digital. Even the original LP was culled from that digital source, however it was revealed with the 2017 Blu-ray Audio reissue that a simultaneous 30ips non-Dolby 1/4 analog master was also produced at that time and then never used for anything until that 2017 Blu-ray audio, where the liner notes indicate it was deemed superior sounding to the 16-bit digital master used on all previous releases.

What's odd about this new MoFi SACD reissue is they make absolutely no mention of any of that information, suggesting they did not get their hands on that analog master used in 2017, and if so, this SACD looks like a bad buy, given it would then just be the 1982 16-bit content upsampled to DSD.

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I would have preferred MoFi reissue the often overlooked 1978 album Pyramid instead.
 

MikeyFresh

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Itch temporarily scratched (Starfish SACD reissue scheduled for release tomorrow at Elusive Disc):

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Both of the above Universal Music SHM-SACDs have a disc label printed with a special green ink called 'Onsho Shiyou,' which is claimed to minimize/absorb diffuse laser reflection.

The 461 Ocean Boulevard title was released yesterday in Japan, if you preorder with CDJapan they will actually ship it early so that you have it in hand on or about the release day. Just Coolin' was a July, 2020 reissue.
 

MikeyFresh

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I see a very lousy picture of the back cover of the MoFi reissue of The Alan Parsons Project Eye In the Sky on Discogs that answers the question about which source was used.

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Released today, limited to 1000 units.

 

JohnVF

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How does Starfish sound? I'm still debating between this and the new vinyl. But I'm thinking maybe of going with the SACD, and then later tracking down an original vinyl (as that's how I like to listen to the music of my youth, when possible...and not always. I just got the new mastering of OMDs Architecture & Morality and it just blows away the original pressings).
 

MikeyFresh

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How does Starfish sound? I'm still debating between this and the new vinyl. But I'm thinking maybe of going with the SACD, and then later tracking down an original vinyl (as that's how I like to listen to the music of my youth, when possible...and not always. I just got the new mastering of OMDs Architecture & Morality and it just blows away the original pressings).
I did not play it last night, got home late from a shit show day at work, window air conditioners roaring (no central AC), and decided I'd wait for a more tranquil weekend time frame to listen. Probably tonight as the weather front has broken and the temperatures in the 90s with high humidity are finally gone, so I can open the windows and turn off the AC.
 

JohnVF

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I did not play it last night, got home late from a shit show day at work, window air conditioners roaring (no central AC), and decided I'd wait for a more tranquil weekend time frame to listen. Probably tonight as the weather front has broken and the temperatures in the 90s with high humidity are finally gone, so I can open the windows and turn off the AC.
i empathize, as I sit here with the AC roaring. It's not even a window AC, as this building requires those robot-looking ones that connect to the window with a flexible duct.
 

JohnVF

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I didn't know about a remaster, and I love that album. How new is new? I see a 2018 on OMD's site.
Yes, from 2018 remastered at Abbey Road, Virgin/EMI, though I'm not sure it says that except for a sticker on some new copies. I should have said "newer". I wasn't aware of it until about six weeks ago so its new to me. Visually it differs from the original pressings by the architectural element o the cover design being a visible from an inner sleeve via a die-cut in the outer sleeve. The original pressings sound good but this has more depth/space on my system. I did a comparison with the copy I've had since the mid '90s, which is an '80s pressing I believe.
 
Yes, from 2018 remastered at Abbey Road, Virgin/EMI, though I'm not sure it says that except for a sticker on some new copies. I should have said "newer". I wasn't aware of it until about six weeks ago so its new to me. Visually it differs from the original pressings by the architectural element o the cover design being a visible from an inner sleeve via a die-cut in the outer sleeve. The original pressings sound good but this has more depth/space on my system. I did a comparison with the copy I've had since the mid '90s, which is an '80s pressing I believe.

Excellent. I've got an 80s pressing of that one, too. I'll get the new one!
 

MikeyFresh

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How does Starfish sound? I'm still debating between this and the new vinyl.
Well I'm sure the vinyl is also great, but I can't personally speak to that. I can certainly vouch for the SACD, great dynamic range and clarity, very pleasing tonally, solid bottom end, this is an excellent tape transfer to digital.

Intervention made a good reissue pick here, the sonics are excellent for an alt-pop record of this era, and the material is solid if not everyone's exact cup of tea. I love it, and remember the day this record was brand new and receiving airtime on WNEW-FM in New York.

There is a 2011 30th anniversary 2-CD set reissue on the Second Motion Records label, however I don't own that and it's long out of print so can't compare it sonically to this SACD.

I see that Amazon does have some copies of this Intervention Records SACD, so Prime members can consider that option and lose the shipping cost in the process.
 

Thermionics

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Mobile Fidelity is said to be shipping two more reissue SACD titles by the end of May, though I'm not entirely sure that I want either one of them.

Jeff Beck's Truth is a great album, and while I'm curious what kind of sound MoFi can retrieve from those master tapes, I already have the Audio Fidelity SACD reissue of that same title mastered by Steve Hoffman just a few years ago, as well as a perfectly good remastered CD reissued in the last decade or so.

I would have preferred MoFi reissue the companion 1969 album Beck-Ola on SACD instead, and/or the very overlooked 1980 There And Back which had the misfortune of being the studio follow-up to the brilliant and famous Blow By Blow, and Wired, really a no-win situation.

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I've got a Sundazed mono repress of Truth on LP - fantastic album.
 

JohnVF

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Well I'm sure the vinyl is also great, but I can't personally speak to that. I can certainly vouch for the SACD, great dynamic range and clarity, very pleasing tonally, solid bottom end, this is an excellent tape transfer to digital.

Intervention made a good reissue pick here, the sonics are excellent for an alt-pop record of this era, and the material is solid if not everyone's exact cup of tea. I love it, and remember the day this record was brand new and receiving airtime on WNEW-FM in New York.

There is a 2011 30th anniversary 2-CD set reissue on the Second Motion Records label, however I don't own that and it's long out of print so can't compare it sonically to this SACD.

I see that Amazon does have some copies of this Intervention Records SACD, so Prime members can consider that option and lose the shipping cost in the process.
I’ll maybe look for it on SACD, thank you. Nothing against the vinyl, but SACD has a kind of novelty to me and I have this very nice SACD player sitting around with little to do.
 

charles hidalgo

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Long tedious process but I digitized thousands of rare LP's with an expensive Pacific Microsonics A/D converter along with thousand's of SACD, DVD-A, DTS Audio, and all the red books I had. It took years. Ended up with over 15,000 albums (around 4,900) are DSD, and the rest range from redbook on up. I just started really using streaming and its great for discovering new music, but it's not as good most of the time as my stored files. I use Audirvana and Foobar2000 on a windows 10 laptop to my Steve Davis (Axpona founder) modified TEAC UD503 DAC with his Time Machine X 10 as a 10 megahertz external clock that handles PCM files up to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD up to 256 beautifully with an iPad and I've never touched a digital disc since other than to add them as I find them. I had a really nice Aurender server/streamer but overall most I asked could not tell the difference between it and my laptop setup including myself so I sold it. I also sold my hardware players soon after.
 
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