DVD-A Sounds Fantastic!

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  1. Coolit

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    Gobsmacked!


    I finally retired my trusty aged KISS DP-500 at Xmas and replaced it with a nice High Definition capable SnaZio* Net DVD HD Cinema.

    Obviously it was bought more for its video capabilities than its DVD-A capabilities, in-fact I only just tried my first DVD-A tonight. I have a pioneer AV receiver with a 24bit/96khz DAC so I'm getting the intended DVD-A effect.

    I consider myself a bit of a purest, When I listen to audio I tend to bypass the AV amp and just play it in stereo through my A400 which to me sounds better.

    After listening to DVD-A tonight for the first time I really am amazed at how good it sounds! its just so clear. Did anyone else think the same first time they listened to one?

    So....what is the recommended DVD-As? and where is the best places to buy them?

    Thanks! :)
     
  2. OneEyedStuart

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    Tubular Bells 2003 from play.com.

    There's not a great selection of DVD-A or SACD mainly because the formats never really took off.

    KH
     
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    Hi Coolit,

    The best places to buy DVD-A's is Amazon and Play.com. They both have separate sections. If you have the ability to play DVD-A's can you also play SACD's? Personally I go for the SACD's but I am equally impressed with the DVD-A's. SACD tends to have majority classical music but there are also many pop/rock etc. titles Have a look at sacd-net. I agree that there is not an enormous selection of titles of DVD-A's but there are enough to keep you interested. Amazon are pretty well stocked. I don't buy music unless it is recorded on one of these formats.
     
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    What sort of music?
    Shop around for the discs - Queen "A Night At The Opera" is only $CAN15.98 (£7.88p with Free Postage) at Dvdimport.com - Axelmusic.com have a big selection but prices can be poor - more locally Play.com has been mentioned but not great pricewise again ... HTH - Paul :smashin:
     
  5. Coolit

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    Thanks for the response,

    I can play the SACD format also, again I've not tried any of these yet. I have quite a varied musical taste, Queen, Coldplay, Nora Jones and David Gray are among my favorites, in fact I can pretty much listen to anything :)
     
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    Peter Gabriel-Up,on SACD.Brilliant!
     
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    Agree with the Peter Gabriel on SACD. Two others to look out for on this format are Dark Side of the Moon and Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds.

    KH
     
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    I'll pre-empt Floodedstatue here, as he/she also has exceptional taste in music, but if you're into guitar based music, try Porcupine Tree's last two albums, Deadwing and In Absentia. Both available in DVD-A and IMO possibly the finest example of what the format is capable of.
     
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    Dammit, beaten to it! :rotfl:




    Oh......and it's he.
     
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    Most PT fans are!!! :D
     
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    Can't really argue with what's been said so far. Both Porcupine Tree albums, Up, Dark Side Of The Moon - all favourites of mine and some of the best DVD-A/SACDs for sure.

    I'll also throw into the 'guitar based album' mix Dredg 'El Cielo' which is available on Hybrid Surround/Stereo SACD. Sounds excellent and the album itself is an absolute gem! If you fancy something darker and heavier, Nine Inch Nails 'Downward Spiral' Deluxe 2xSACD sounds mighty impressive!
     
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    the flaming lips - yoshimi battles the pink robots is an essential dvda, the surround mix really suits the album, plus there are videos, remixes, etc, and the option of playing the album with winamp style sound visualisation

    i'd also recommend the dark side of the moon, an album that deserves more than just 2 channels of audio
     
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    strange... didn't know the Snazio was a universal player - in fact the specs on the website don't mention dvd-audio/sacd

    thing is, you can get audio from a dvd-a even if the Snazio is not a DVD-A player


    I'm not entirely sure that's a good thing *LOL*
     
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    If you want the most complete catalogue of sacd or dvd-a discs try www.elusivedisc.com. It's an american company but with a favourable exchange rate and reasonable postage, in a lot of cases it's still cheaper than buying from the UK , and delivery in my experience has been about 5 to 7 days maximum.
     
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    Ray, you're a new member and I hate you already. You've just given me a new target to throw my so-called "disposable income" at! ;)

    (Great site - thanks)
     
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    Coolit,

    how are you connecting the Snazio to the AV receiver?
     
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    At the risk of venturing into "boring old fart territory" (btw I do like the both PT discs & have heard the Dredg one Floodedstatue mentioned - it is superb :smashin:) ELP "Brain Salad Surgery" Eagles "Hotel California" Fleetwood Mac "Rumours" Donald Fagen "The Nightfly" all have excellent SQ
    More up to date (?) I'd also mention Metallica "Metallica" Jean Michel Jarre "Aero" Beck "Sea Change" ... Paul :cool:
     
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    Brothers In Arms - Dire Straits. :thumbsup:
     
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    Agree with all of the above and can add :

    Jeff Trott - Dig Up The Astroturf - one of the best DVD-A's around
    Mark Knopfler - Sailing to Philadelphia
    Crowded House - Crowded House
    Emmylou Harris - Producers Cut
    Bill Cobham - Spectrum
    The Band - Music from Big Pink
    Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
    Todd Rundgren - Liars
    Yes - Fragile
    David Bowie - Stage
    David Bowie - David Live
    Simple Minds - New Gold Dream
    Donald Fagen - The Nightfly
    REM - Green
    REM - Around The Sun
    REM - Automatic for the People
    Neil Young - Harvest
    Polyphonic Spree - Together We're Heavy
    Ryan Adams - Gold
    Talking Heads - all their albums!
    Frank Zappa - QuAUDIOphiliac
    Frank Zappa - Halloween
    Robert Cray - Time Will Tell
    Jonathan Richman - Best of,,,
    Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now
    Doors - LA Woman
    Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine

    I'm sure I have more in my collection somewhere....

    SACDs next
     
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    ...and SACDs

    Rolling Stones - Decca/ABKCO back cat
    Bob Dylan - Back cat.
    Deep Purple - Machine Head
    George Harrison - Live in Japan
    Beck - Sea Change
    Peter Gabriel - Back cat, especially Up and So
    Barb Jungr - Love Me Tender (big surprise for me this one)
    PF - DSOTM
    Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
    The Who - Tommy
    Allman Brothers - Eat A Peach
    Roger Waters - In The Flesh
    David Bowie - Ziggy
    David Bowie - Let's Dance
    Steely Dan - Steely Dan
    Elton John - Captain Fantastic
    Elton John - GBYBR
    SFA - Love Kraft
    John Hiatt - Bring the Family
    Eleanor McEvoy - Yola

    etc etc etc
     
  21. MarkNorton1

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    I'm fairly new to SACD's myself and dont own as yet a DVD-A but was wondering if anyone has experience of how R.E.M sound in multichanel, was thinking of ordering Monster and Automatic from play, not bad prices either at the moment, also cant find anything by Coldplay in this format or Foofighters, would I be right in thinking this isnt gonna happen?
     
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    One not mentioned yet is Queen - The Game. Another One Bites the Dust has never sounded so good.
     
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    you probably are. unless they decide to release stuff in DualDisc (sic) in which case there would probably be multichannel but not high resolution (compressed DD or DTS audio)
     
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    The Foo Fighters One by One is available on DVD-Audio, and In Your Honour is available on import on DualDud, however only the quiet disc is in surround sound and it's only Dolby Digital as well I believe so I haven't bothered with it.

    One by One though is a proper DVD-A, and sounds great. If you don't have a DVD-A player, it has a Dolby Digital 5.1 track that unfortunately doesn't sound very good, way too compressed to cope with the full on Foo treatment. I add the latter as I'm less than convinced that the OP is actually listening to the DVD-A track, but the DD or DTS tracks as the listed player doesn't do DVD-A or SACD...
     
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    Mark - The REM "Greatest Hits" DVD-A was mixed by 5.1 "guru" Elliot Scheiner & has excellent SQ - If he was involved in the studio albums you mentioned then the sound will be top notch :smashin:
    Paul
     
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    The REM releases are worth investigating. Drive on AFTP sounds great. I also like the New Adventures In Hifi release but then again I'm a big fan of the album:thumbsup:
     
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    Every single DVD-A released by AIX Records is fantastic. The only problem with AIX Records is that they always record live so the list is limited.

    Regards
     
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    I have Zephyr: Voices Unbound and it's probably the best sounding DVD-A in my collection - along with Steely Dan's EMG and Queen The Game (which is sonically better than ANATO)


    I still have doubts Coolit is hearing hi-rez DVD-A audio, though...
     
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    Thanks everyone, I was considering Foo Fighters One by One so will get that now, while im at it I think i'll try a couple of R.E.M albums to, Im a big fan of New Adventures myself and hoped it would sound great on DVD-A.

    Thanks Again


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    the foo's new album is in hi-res surround, although i can't remember what exact resolution. it is only the second acoustic disc, in both stereo and surround. there is no hi-res version of disc one, despite what the packaging claims.
     

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