Worth getting an SACD Player


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I have Karajan's 1977 BPO cycle on LP (still) and CD. I have the Böhm you had on LP as part of a 22 CD box, and another 5 cycles. I really must get Hogwood's and Brüggen's.

I guess people are nostalgic for the snap, crackle and pop, background noise, harmonic distortion, limited dynamic range, restricted channel separation and all the faffing about with cleaning and static.

I reckon it's cheaper just to use an emulator. For example, iZotope offers some of the above at a much lower price than real LPs:

I have seen packages that attempt the reverse. For a while, I considered digitising old 78s so I was researching the opposite. One fix offered was for an off-centre hole. I have not experienced that but I expect that it sounds weird. I gave up when I found that others had done the job already and much better than I could. So, for example, I have digital versions of old 78s of Beethoven's Violin Concerto and Symphonies 3 and 5. Also, Rakhmaninov himself playing his own piano concertos.

I have used similar distressing packages in photography.

Wow and flutter used to be an important issue for me. I would always include some solo piano music in equipment reviews as I find that the piano exposes this most clearly. It is no longer a common issue but the habit remains and my first test is solo piano music. My first SACDs were Mari Kodama playing the Beethoven Piano Sonatas.

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