I'd love to see something like these Monster DVD's as reissues of all the old quad mixes of early
70's rock albums. If the 4-track quad master tape still exists, it would not be a huge technical
feat to encode the quad as Dolby AC3+ADs- I'd just keep it 4-channel but you could slice out the
subwoofer frequencies and make a center channel out of the common lef/right content minus 3dB. Of
course, this could just as easily be done as discrete 4-channel DVD-Audio at 96/24. I'm pretty sure
but not positive that most of the installed base of DVD players do DVD-Audio and most players made
over the past 3-5 years have 5.1 analog outputs.
One thing that might have killed SACD is that record labels invested a lot of money in the format by
remixing classic albums from scratch instead of dusting off the quad mix to see how the format would
fly and thus being able to invest more in marketing. But SACD had problems from the get-go. When it
came down the pike, the DVD group made all sorts of announcements about DVD-Audio as a competing
format, making sure to point out that most or all DVD players can do DVD audio as part of the
standard format. Sony and Philips first pushed SACD as the be-all-and-end-all 2-channel format,
supposed to replace the CD. Then at the AES show 4 years ago, I noticed the DVD-Audio group just had
a table and was handing out brochures but Philips and Sony had relaunched SACD as a multi-channel
format and had a huge demo room with lines forming for each hour-long demo. That was probably the
high water mark of interest in SACD, but the public at large never bothered with it. Most
+ACI-civilians+ACI- I know -- people who aren't in the audio business nor are audiophiles, but many of whom
love music and listen to it all the time -- have never heard of SACD. Bad marketing or just a total
lack of interest in formats beyond the CD and now the iPod?
My own take on surround audio is that it's a neat/fun gimmick but it's not necessary to enjoy
high-fidelity music recordings. Very few people I know are willing to sit in a sweet spot -- and
most of their wives will have nothing to do with 5 large speakers and a subwoofer in the listening
room -- for an album-length amount of time just to enjoy a musical experience. Especially since some
would argue that the headphone/earbud experience is psychologically all-encompassing even more than
5 speakers. So I think we fans of surround-sound music releases and owners of surround-sound systems
are +ACI-doomed+ACI- to a permanent if enthusiastic fringe.
-- Tom Fine
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