User Details - Dave54321

  David Cochrane
  NAD T-585 Multi-format disc player (SACD/DVD-A/HDCD)
Squeezebox Touch + DAC Magic
Cambridge Audio A5 amp
B&W 685 stereo speakers + Wharfedale Diamond SW150 subwoofer

Found: 3

Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli      (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  May 15, 2012

These are classic brass band recordings from 1966 and 1968. Sony SACDs from the late 90s and early 2000s are a bit hit-and-miss when it comes to sonics - the format was still somewhat in its infancy, other more "audiophile" record companies were doing it better, and Sony still had much to learn. ... more
Black Sabbath: Paranoid      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  August 27, 2011

After hearing a few disappointing pop/rock SACDs (including SHM) I wasn't hoping for too much from this one, but I took the plunge anyway. And wow! This SACD is absolutely marvellous! It is just so lively and dynamic and natural, with not the merest hint of brightness or dipped mids or overblown ... more
The Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  June 25, 2011

Stereo review only. I found this SACD to be quite disappointing, but then I found the MFSL audiophile CD a little disappointing too. This SACD is EQ'd thin and bright, to the extent that by about track 3 I've had enough and can't listen any further. It's not "Pet-Sounds-DVD-A-ear-bleedingly bright" ... more

Latest Posts

IS SHM~SACD The Closest We've Come To The Master Tapes?
May 26, 2012
"Dave, one has to really wonder what constitutes original master tapes." In the analogue world, the "master" - for the purpose of remastering engineers - is simply the earliest carnation of the mix - also known as the "mix tape," mixed down from the multitrack session tapes. It is unique - there is only one master (unless the album was mixed down ... more
IS SHM~SACD The Closest We've Come To The Master Tapes?
May 25, 2012
Some people have misread what I quoted (direct from the SHM discs' own official blurb). OK, I now accept there are exceptions that I had not realised (e.g. Stones), and *some* SHM discs are derived from the *master* tapes (and say so in the covers). But the vast majority of SHM SACDs state that they are derived from "original analog tapes" - NOT ... more
IS SHM~SACD The Closest We've Come To The Master Tapes?
May 22, 2012
"IS SHM~SACD The Closest We've Come To The Master Tapes?" The simple answer is: No, not even close. SHMs are not even derived from "master" tapes. To be fair, many SHM-SACDs are really excellent sounding, no doubt. They tend to avoid excessive EQ'ing and compression, and that's a really good thing. But SHM also use very misleading statements in ... more