Pentatone has done great, sound-wise (I don't know about business-wise), reissuing Philips' several
dozen quad recordings done in the early and mid-70's. Philips wisely never released these recordings
on LP because they didn't like any of the Quad matrix systems. Their method of quad recording is to
use the rear channels for added depth and ambience and any LP playback or pressing errors would
cause strange and noticeable distortions of the soundfield, and thus be very annoying. In some of
those Pentatone SACD's is also a good case of a new 2-channel layer being better-sounding than an
early-era CD. Pentatone was started by former Philips engineers and producers, so they have very
deep knowledge about the old Philips recordings. In some cases the original producers and engineers
were consulted on the remastering, which I think is always Best Practice.
Don, even Sony lost interest in SACD's. The medium flopped in the mass-market. There are some niche
companies who have had modest success, it can be done on a small scale in particularly musical
niches, just like vinyl. But no large company saw much of a good market in SACD. BMG probably was
most long-lived and most aggressive because the excellent RCA Living Stereo reissues were
line-priced with CD's and many titles were in print as long as 5+ years. There is still some of that
inventory in the pipeline, but it's getting rarer and more expensive. When the box set of CD layers
came out, I went down the list, realized a few things had come out on SACD that I didn't know about
and wanted, and snapped them up most as Amazon "new and used" inventory from various
-- Tom Fine
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Sent: Monday, January 30, 2012 6:17 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Mercury 51-CD box set now officially set for USA and Europe markets
> On 28/01/2012, Tom Fine wrote:
>> As far as I know, Universal is out of the SACD business. There is
>> probably some inventory left in the retail channels.
> I don't think Universal were ever very keen on SACD, perhaps seeing it
> as a Sony invention.
> For several years Pentatone have been issuing SACDs of classic
> Universal-owned recordings on SACD under license. I think they
> concentrate on recordings that were originally quadrophonic.
> Don Cox
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