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    A brand new 5.1/Stereo Hybrid SACD or a 180g stereo LP (well mastered)?
    Last edited by JCOConnell; 04-05-2016, 09:07 PM. Reason: added stereo to sacd description
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    LP

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    • #3
      LP

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      • #4
        LP-even at twice the price.
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        • #5
          An LP of course. I've heard enough 5.1 systems to know that remixing older recordings not originally intended for surround sound just don't sound natural. Some of the stuff recorded with Quad in mind it's a bit different, but still not too natural.

          If I go to a live performance, be it an orchestra, ensemble or band, the performers are not zooming around the venue. Granted a very very few multi-channel recordings capture hall ambience but not a sufficient number to justify the additional expenditure in equipment nor to capture my interest.

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          • #6
            just to clarify, I didn't mean to imply the sacd layer was 5.1 only, it also has a stereo layer for this survey.
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            • #7
              OK, I'd probably still go with the LP.

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              • #8
                I forgot to state my choice, the LP. To me, a good 180g LP is worth $25-30. a SACD of same about half that at most.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JCOConnell View Post
                  I forgot to state my choice, the LP. To me, a good 180g LP is worth $25-30. a SACD of same about half that at most.

                  I have some superb SACDs. The recording quality is truly excellent, although only typically when it has been deliberately recorded in that way, and not subsequently 'converted', obviously.
                  I've also got one or two absolutely rubbish vinyl pressings, and have had 180g and 200g, vinyl which was frankly well below par and definitely trading on the 'look at me, I'm 180g' ticket.

                  As for purchasing - it's very, very rare to find good 180g vinyl pressings or SACDs for less than NZ$40 or so.

                  Everything else being equal.. OK. I'd go for the vinyl too.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by gjm View Post


                    I have some superb SACDs. The recording quality is truly excellent, although only typically when it has been deliberately recorded in that way, and not subsequently 'converted', obviously.
                    I've also got one or two absolutely rubbish vinyl pressings, and have had 180g and 200g, vinyl which was frankly well below par and definitely trading on the 'look at me, I'm 180g' ticket.

                    As for purchasing - it's very, very rare to find good 180g vinyl pressings or SACDs for less than NZ$40 or so.

                    Everything else being equal.. OK. I'd go for the vinyl too.
                    Graham-are the SACDs you like originally analog or digital recordings?

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                    • gjm
                      gjm commented
                      Editing a comment
                      The one I had in mind at the time of writing looks to have been a digital recording - I can't find any reference to it having been released on vinyl.

                  • #11
                    Depends on whose offering the LP. Lots of bad pressings coming out now.

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