Discussion in 'Music & Music Streaming Services' started by alan29, Sep 20, 2007.
Where can you get SACDs over the counter - I like to handle and look before I buy.
quite difficult i have found. I went to the big hmv and virgin megastores here in edinburgh and could only find one sacd and a couple of dvd-a. amazon is a good place to get a wide selection, but you do not get to see before you buy.
Owen824's experiences match my own. I've tried in an around London, and it's hard enough to find anyone that knows what you're even talking about. Now let's not even talk about DVD-A's!!!!
I've bought all of mine so far from Amazon - being US and UK.
Good luck in your search etc.
the question now is "where can I get SACDs and DVD-A at all?"
I think you're a bit too late for over the counter - whatever brief time they had in stores wasn't helped by clueless store clerks "What is a SACD? Is it like a Super VCD?" Ask for a DVD Audio and you'll likely get directed to a concert DVD rack. so, forget over the counter
I coudn't agree with you more about clueless sales staff! I find it absoltuely amazing. I remember going into a "specialist" classical music shop a couple of years ago (just around the corner from St.Martins in the Fields - central London), asking if they had any DVD Audios. I could tell straight away that I was talking a foreign language! I was shown some New Years Day Concert DVD-Vs! Now this store had a superb selection of CDs, and the label Naxos was very prominent. So why were they unaware of this format?
Here in the UK, it seems quite easy to buy them online though. There are plenty of sites selling both SACDs and DVD-As. Again though, some of these sites are mis-labelling DVD-Vs as DVD-As.
I usually find that the SACDs are mixed in around the normal CDs. I've not found dedicated sections for multichannel music in a long while.
come to think of it, it probably is useless getting a SACD over the counter - most likely the shop will not have a SACD player, much less a surround system. i.e you won't be able to listen to an SACD before buying. If at all, you'll be listening to the redbook layer of a hybrid disc (nothing at all, if it was a single layer SACD)
I don't know if we are helping you or not, but do you have any specific questions regarding any particular SACD albums - or are you looking for certain information?
As mentioned before, there's a lot of mis-information about on websites. Fire away if you have any questions, and I'll see if I can answer.
Did not realise that woollies did sacds - thanks mate - will take a look. I must admit I am very happy with the sacds I have.
Thanks for all the replies.
I listen to classical mainly. I ended up with a CA DVD 89 after several false starts. It is great at CDs and I would like to try out some stuff that was composed for surround live performances and doesn't really work in stereo. eg Tallis - Spem in allium, various bits of Gabrieli, and I believe there are some electronic pieces that are for performance in the round.
Not too sure of what is available, so I would like to browse or even impulse buy. I live close enough to Liverpool, Chester and Manchester to shop.
there's a DVD-A of Orff's carmina burana that's supposed to be great in multichannel
Nice to hear if we've been of some help to you. Good luck in your searches. When you say that you "had some false starts", what do you mean? I assume you had some players that didn't quite perform very well. If you or anyone else is able to recommend some really good classical SACDs (or even DVD-As), I'd be interested to hear.
What I have (and really rate highly) are the following:-
Tchaikovsky's 1812 - Telarc DVD-A
Vivaldi Four Seasons - Naxos DVD-A
Dvorak: Symphony No.9 / The Water Goblin - Teldec DVD-A
Wagner Overtures - Arts DVD-A
I don't have any classical SACDs yet, but I'd really be interested in things like "Wagner - The Ring", "Smetana Ma Vlast", "Mendelsohn Hebridean Overture", "Liszt Les Preludes", "Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition" for example.
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