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My blu ray audio collection is really something now

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Includes over 20 discs, mostly thanks to Robert Fripp and Steve Wilson.

 

I know that audiophile blu ray is basically a lost cause, and that is too bad. I enjoy having high resolution remixes, multi channel mixes, original mixes, bonus tracks, and video content all on disc, as is the case for the latest KC releases.

 

Maybe, if these had been marketed as a combined high res/video experience from the beginning, a bit more interest would have been generated.

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Yes, it's a shame that the marketing let down the Blu Ray music format so badly. I suppose all we can do is buy what we can while they are available.

 

JC

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IMHO, the main marketing problem with Blu-ray Audio releases was that most releases were stereo only, including some reissues by Universal Classics albums that were previously released on multichannel SACD (true multichannel recordings, not processed stereo material). A complete waste of the technical possibilities of the format.

 

For stereo material, mostly in 24/96 (i.e. just ca 1GB of data), the BD-A format is pointless, since the same material can be put in the same resolution on a DVD-Video, which plays in every DVD player. And of course it can be sold as hi-rez downloads, which are much more flexible than the BD-A format with it's copyright restriction (no S/PDIF output above 24/48) that is a problem for stereo DAC users.

 

For multichannel material, BD-A is the logical choice, as a successor to DVD-A.

 

Concerning packaging, they should not put BD-A discs in Blu-ray cases, which makes them often land in the video section in shops. Maybe too costly, but it could have helped to sell them as BD-A + CD packages, as is now often the case with multiple CD sets (BD-A as bonus disc with hi-rez versions).

 

IMHO, the marketing problem also shows that for audio-only, hybrid SACD is actually the best physical format dedicated to hifi fans ("normal" music fans don't care about hi-rez anyway), because it doesn't require users to change their setup.

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IMHO, the main marketing problem with Blu-ray Audio releases was that most releases were stereo only, including some reissues by Universal Classics albums that were previously released on multichannel SACD (true multichannel recordings, not processed stereo material). A complete waste of the technical possibilities of the format.

 

I agree. It would have been great if Blu-Ray Audio discs could contain DSD files. Looks like a missed opportunity there.

 

I have a tiny collection of Blu-Ray concerts but they are highly regarded.


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I would like to speak about a tiny company that IMO have promoted audiophile music in many different formats to give the audiophile listeners choices to select from. The company is 2L.

If you like classical music you will not be disappointed.

I read at the cover from some of my discs :

 

TrondheimSolistene: Divertimenti (from 2008)

They include audio on both SACD and BluRay disc. The selections are:

SACD: Stereo: DSD (DSD64) and CD (16-44.1) ; Mch: 5.1 Surround (DSD64)

BluRay: LPCM 24-192 (Stereo + 5.1 Surround), DTS-HD Master Audio (5.1 Surround 24-192), Dolby True HD (5.1 Surround 24-192); Dolby Digital (5.1 surround 24-48).

 

TrondheimSolistene: Souvenir (from 2012)

BluRay Audio: LPCM 24-192 (Stereo ); DTS-HD Master Audio (5.1 Surround 24-192),

DTS-HD Master Audio (7.1 Surround 24-96) and 9.1 Auro-3D 24-96

 

Mozart - Grieg: werke für zwei klaviere (dena piano duo) (from 2009)

They include audio on both SACD and BluRay. The selections are:

SACD: Stereo: DSD (DSD64) and CD (16-44.1) ; Mch: 5.1 Surround (DSD64)

BluRay: LPCM 24-192 (Stereo), DTS-HD Master Audio (5.1 Surround 24-192)

 

Their catalogue is mostly classical, but wow what a sound. Another album that is fantastic is "In Folk Style" also by TrondheimSolistene.

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Perhaps, if I can scrape together enough items to trade in, I might immerse myself in the newest Pink Floyd blu ray box set. Of course, it looks like the audio only tracks will be relegated to CD.

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BD-A was a last-ditch attempt by the record companies to control copyright etc by giving us (in the vast majority of cases) stereo-only versions of music that had been previously issued on multi-layer/ M/C SACD before.

Good ridence to it as a format, I say.

 

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I've come across plenty of remastered multi channel BD-A releases and the newest apink Floyd is a great example which offers 5.1 and the original QUAD mixes never available before. My experience has bee. You've gotta read the release notes in and out to see what's in there.

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Well, I now get to listen to an official/unofficial new remix of Pink Floyd's Meddle available only on blu ray. The Floyd, Crimson, Yes, and XTC releases have been great.

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I agree. It would have been great if

It would have been great if you could buy a three BD set instead of a 200 CD set. DSD being more recognizable as a digital format nowadays, I'll accept a one time expense of bandwidth and HDD that can hold hundreds of thousands of CD quality albums. As well as a large number of DSD releases. With no hint of the format issues that plagued physical media.

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