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(I sent this email a while ago, before having read Gary's most recent reply, and am not sure why it only posted just now, meaning, at 7:24pm.)

December 8 2017 7:24 PM, "Eli Bildirici" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hmm. That sounds very strange. What exactly is telling you the bitrate and samplerate of this
> content - the Oppos, your receiver, or something else?
> Could there be a weird firmware issue on the Oppos with these discs? Have you tried other Pure
> Audio BDs on them to confirm? 
> Could they have meant to make an additional release of this content at 24/48 DTS-MA, and put the
> wrong 'pressing' in this package? Directly advertising falsely in this manner is otherwise pretty
> egregious 
> 
> -------- Original Message --------
> From: "Gary A. Galo" <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Friday, December 8, 2017 06:04 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Universal Mexico Decca Remasterings
> 
>> Hi Corey,
>> 
>> 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):
>> 
>> https://www.almarazrecords.com/collections/theanaloggoldenage
>> 
>> 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:
>> 
>> http://www.pureaudio-bluray.com
>> 
>> 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.
>> 
>> Best,
>> Gary
>> 
>> ____________________________
>> 
>> 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
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
>> Of Corey Bailey
>> Sent: Friday, December 08, 2017 5:13 PM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Universal Mexico Decca Remasterings
>> 
>> Hi Gary,
>> 
>> 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.
>> 
>> Regards,
>> 
>> Corey
>> 
>> Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
>> www.baileyzone.net
>> 
>> 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.
>> 
>> Best,
>> Gary
>> 
>> ____________________________
>> 
>> 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
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