Thread: Does Sony want to start again the SACD?

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Post by Claude June 4, 2007 (11 of 20)
I think single inventory (hybrid SACD only, no CD version) is the way to go for niche markets (classical and jazz).

I don't understand why the label Heads Up (owned by Telarc) releases the new (and sadly last) Michael Brecker album on CD first, and then a month later on hybrid SACD (at a similar price). Inevitably the SACD will be a market failure, since many fans will get the CD as soon as it comes out, although they may have some interest in SACD.

Michael Brecker: Pilgrimage

Post by Collectus June 4, 2007 (12 of 20)
I bought this disc (Brecker) but it was actually on the Verve album and very good it is too. I agree, companies simply shoot themselves in the foot!!

Post by bholz June 4, 2007 (13 of 20)
Actually I really doubt if Sony cares. The Michael Brecker example is a good one, but the recent reissues of the ELO catalog is even more telling. The whole catalog has been remastered and reissued by Sony Legacy (I believe) and no SACD. I would have loved to get the ELO titles up through "Out of The Blue" in 5.1 surround. (especially if they were done as well as the Elton John titles)

I'm not sure which titles, but I thought ELO II and maybe one of the other early albums had a QUAD mix, so it's not like a lot of work had to be done to create a MC mix for an SACD release.

Anyway, if Sony really wanted to ramp up SACD again, I would have thought that the ELO reissues would have been a great way to do it.

Post by The Seventh Taylor June 4, 2007 (14 of 20)
bholz said:

The whole catalog has been remastered and reissued by Sony Legacy (I believe) and no SACD.

It's the same with the Alan Parsons Project (on Sony BMG's "Arista" label). Some of their albums were recently remastered and reissed by Sony Legacy and though they would make fantastic material for SACD (especially in multichannel) the "expanded edition" was simply an RBCD with some bonus tracks.

Post by sacdpuce June 5, 2007 (15 of 20)
“The years laser” is a generally reliable magazine publishing of the news. I deliver the news without translation to you not being very good in English. If somebody wants to do it…

"Sauvons le SACD.
Pour tenter d'enrayer la chute des ventes du CD, non compensée par celle du téléchargement, Sony ne voit qu'une solution : relancer le SACD, format de disque audio haute résolution initié par ses soins sans grand succès il y a quelques années, qui a l'avantage de n'avoir jamais été piraté.
En même temps, comme jamais un seul titre n'est sortit en exclusivité sur ce support, il est compréhensible qu'aucun pirate potentiel ne s'y soit intéressé plus que ça...
Mais pourquoi pas ?"

Les années Laser - n°132 Juin 2007

Sorry ;o)

Post by Tootsie June 5, 2007 (16 of 20)
sacdpuce said:

“The years laser” is a generally reliable magazine publishing of the news. I deliver the news without translation to you not being very good in English. If somebody wants to do it…

"Sauvons le SACD.
Pour tenter d'enrayer la chute des ventes du CD, non compensée par celle du téléchargement, Sony ne voit qu'une solution : relancer le SACD, format de disque audio haute résolution initié par ses soins sans grand succès il y a quelques années, qui a l'avantage de n'avoir jamais été piraté.
En même temps, comme jamais un seul titre n'est sortit en exclusivité sur ce support, il est compréhensible qu'aucun pirate potentiel ne s'y soit intéressé plus que ça...
Mais pourquoi pas ?"

Les années Laser - n°132 Juin 2007

Sorry ;o)

I'll try to translate:

"Let's save SACD

To try to stop the falling of CD sale figures, which is not compensed by those of the downloading, Sony does see only one solution: start again the SACD, the high-resolution audio disc format they launched some years ago whithout much success, and that has the real advantage not having ever been pirated.
Given the fact that not a single title has ever been exclusively published on this media**, it is understandable that no potential pirate has been interested in cracking it... but why not?"


** personnal note: Have they never heard about all single inventory SACD published titles?

Post by TerraEpon June 5, 2007 (17 of 20)
Tootsie said:


** personnal note: Have they never heard about all single inventory SACD published titles?

But hybrids are still CDs too.

Are there ANY single-layer SACDs which the music was never released on CD too?


-Joshua

Post by soundboy June 5, 2007 (18 of 20)
TerraEpon said:

But hybrids are still CDs too.

Are there ANY single-layer SACDs which the music was never released on CD too?


-Joshua

Top Music International released a single-layer SACD "Break-In" disc (pressed by Sony in Japan). Because it was marketed as a part of the "Pure SACD Series", there was no CD version.

http://www.topmusic.com/sacd9005.2.htm

Post by deckerm June 5, 2007 (19 of 20)
To try to stop the falling of CD sale figures, which is not compensed by those of the downloading, Sony does see only one solution: start again the SACD,...
As much as I would love to see a restart of SACD, the only thing that will really stop the fall of CD sales is the signing of good artists.

Post by Sam June 5, 2007 (20 of 20)
Claude said:

I don't understand why the label Heads Up (owned by Telarc) releases the new (and sadly last) Michael Brecker album on CD first, and then a month later on hybrid SACD (at a similar price). Inevitably the SACD will be a market failure, since many fans will get the CD as soon as it comes out, although they may have some interest in SACD.

Michael Brecker: Pilgrimage

Yes, that's like releasing a paperback edition of a book before the hardback.

An advantage of hybrids that hasn't been mentioned is that they are retailer-friendly. You can sell them alongside CDs without worrying about whether the customer can play it.

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