The problem is that it specifically says, on the covers, that they're Pure Audio Blu-ray at 24-bit/192 kHz. Here's the link to the series on the Almaraz web site (they're the Mexican dealer that ships to the US):
Scroll down to the 5th row to find the Blu-ray discs. Discs that follow the Pure Audio specifications must be PCM, so they will play on any Blu-ray player. Those discs may also contain Dolby or DTS programs, but the Pure Audio portion is high-res PCM. If there really isn't any high-res PCM program on these discs, then calling them Pure Audio 24/192 is false advertising. If transfer, restoration and editing is done at 192/24, and the finished product is converted to DTS HD at 48 kHz, a manufacturer can't call it Pure Audio Blu-ray. More info on the Pure Audio format can be found here:
None of the color buttons, which Pure Audio uses to change formats, function on these discs, and the Audio format button on my Oppo remote controls only brings up "1/1 DTS HD" on my TV screen. The "1/1" means 1 of 1 - there are no other choices.
I've emailed the Pure Audio folks about this to see what they have to say.
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Universal Mexico Decca Remasterings
I'm not surprised. 48K/24Bit is the film industry standard. As one who edited and mastered DVDs for a few of the major film studios, I can tell you that while the video was generally remastered to a Hi-Def format, the audio (at least, for the couple of hundred feature film titles and TV shows that I worked on) was re-purposed from Std. Def DVD files. I would expect that DVD-A is no different, weather it is mastered with DTS encoding or Dolby AC3.
Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
On 12/8/2017 11:22 AM, Gary A. Galo wrote:
> Does anyone know anything about the Decca Analog Golden Era recordings that are being issued by Universal Mexico? I just got the four Blu-ray discs of the Del Monaco operas. Despite the claim that these are PureAudio Blu-ray discs at 192 kHz/24-bit, the only program I can find on my Oppo UDP-205 or my wife's BDP-93 is DTS HD at 48 kHz/24-bit. Have you heard anything about these? I'm wondering if I am the only one who noticed. The reviewers in Fanfare all seem to have only the CD versions of these remasterings, not the Blu-rays.
> It seems very strange that these are coming out of Mexico only. The booklets say that the actual tape-to digital transfers were done at Abbey Road Studios, which I also find strange. I thought all the Decca tapes were in Hanover.
> Based on sampling these last night, I will say that even at 48 kHz, the sound is superb - better than anything Decca has issued here of this material. Strangely, I have found a lot of the Decca Originals remasterings to be very bright on top, including the Karajan Otello and the Solti Salome and Elektra. Regarding Salome and Elektra, the Blu-ray editions are just as bright as the two previous CD releases.
> Gary Galo
> Audio Engineer Emeritus
> The Crane School of Music
> SUNY at Potsdam, NY 13676
> "Great art presupposes the alert mind of the educated listener."
> Arnold Schoenberg
> "A true artist doesn't want to be admired, he wants to be believed."
> Igor Markevitch