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ARSCLIST January 2012

Subject:

Re: Mercury 51-CD box set now officially set for USA and Europe markets

From:

Don Cox <[log in to unmask]>

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Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 14:50:49 +0000

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On 30/01/2012, Music Hunter wrote:

> Pentatone titles sell well, they're distributed in the US by Naxos.
> 
I think SACD will be superseded by Blu-Ray Audio, as
almost everyone has a Blu-Ray player and the vast majority of surround
sound setups are in the room with the TV.

Naxos at least are selling Blu-Ray audio discs.

Companies such as Oppo still make universal players which handle all
discs including both Blu-Ray and SACD.


> Your search for sound & video ends here!
> Jay Sonin, General Manager
> Music Hunter Distributing Company
> 4880 North Citation Drive, Suite # 101
> Delray Beach, Florida 33445-6552
> [log in to unmask]
> 561-450-7152 
> 
> -----Original Message----- From: Association for Recorded Sound
> Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tom
> Fine Sent: Monday, January 30, 2012 7:43 AM To:
> [log in to unmask] Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Mercury 51-CD box
> set now officially set for USA and Europe markets
> 
> 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
> warehouse-overstock sellers.
> 
> -- Tom Fine
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Don Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]> 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.
>> 
>> Regards
>> -- 
>> Don Cox
>> [log in to unmask]
>> 
Regards
-- 
Don Cox
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