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  • MylesBAstor
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    Oh man one stop shopping!!! That sounds great. I'll send you my mailing info offline!

  • allenh
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    Can lend you the LP, too. I have two backups of Here's to Ben. :-)

  • MylesBAstor
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    Originally posted by allenh View Post

    Happy to lend you my UHQCD and hybrid SACD for the compare, Myles, just say the word!

    I was at PrEx today and put down an SACD in the hope of an UHQCD reissue. Better than LP? I need to do that compare with Jacintha to believe that. But to my ears better than regular CD and SACD, the latter being a huge surprise.
    That would be fantastic! I would just need to get the LP to complete the circle. Should make for an interesting comparison. Let me get back to you on when would need them.

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  • allenh
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    Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
    I am thinking of doing a comparison between the original LP, reissued LP and UHQCD of La Spagna but it apears the UHQCD isn't available yet.

    Instead, it might be interesting to compare the Jacintha that Allen did using the tape, LP, CD and UHQCD using her rendition of "The Look of Love" present on all four media. Then hopefully the La Spagna might be available.
    Happy to lend you my UHQCD and hybrid SACD for the compare, Myles, just say the word!

    I was at PrEx today and put down an SACD in the hope of an UHQCD reissue. Better than LP? I need to do that compare with Jacintha to believe that. But to my ears better than regular CD and SACD, the latter being a huge surprise.

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  • MylesBAstor
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    I am thinking of doing a comparison between the original LP, reissued LP and UHQCD of La Spagna but it apears the UHQCD isn't available yet.

    Instead, it might be interesting to compare the Jacintha that Allen did using the tape, LP, CD and UHQCD using her rendition of "The Look of Love" present on all four media. Then hopefully the La Spagna might be available.

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  • MylesBAstor
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    Received this note today from Fabio Camorani who has done some excellent reissues on the AudioNautes label including most recently the Bis recording La Spagna on both LP and UHQCD disc.

    Hi Myles, I read on audionirvana that you should try La Spagna UHQCD vs SACD/CD. What Allen wrote on the comparison of Jacintha is what I heard and that's why I chose the UHQCD for La Spagna and not Gold CD anymore. Yes, I did it from the master tapes directly, it took many hours of setting but let me add this: the UHQCD is far better than the CD Gold mastered from the console!

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  • Andymodern
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    Originally posted by JCOConnell View Post

    heretic !
    L.P. and CD playback are different. Actually we don't need to draw any conclusion because one is apple, the other is orange!
    Last edited by Andymodern; 06-01-2016, 12:11 AM.

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  • allenh
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    Indeed. A Denon 1920 universal player that lists for $349. My Sonos streamer is about the same.

  • JCOConnell
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    Originally posted by Andymodern View Post

    I had same result as yours. One of the audiophiles told me that UHQCD might be even better than LP in his system!
    heretic !

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  • Andymodern
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    Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post

    Absolutely fascinating Allen! Goes to what we've been saying that there's more life left in CDs than we gave them credit for. And maybe you don't need the Trinity DAC to get there either.

    What was the retail on the UHQCD?

    Would be fascinating to hear it through the Trinity though or a UHQCD/SACD. Or have Bruce run the CD vs UHQCD like he did with the Crystal disc.

    Maybe I'll get one or two to listen to also.
    Hi Myles,

    I haven't informed Bruce about the birth of UHQCD! I should do that soon!

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  • Andymodern
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    Originally posted by allenh View Post


    Ok, I played the CD and SACD layers of this SACD, Track 6 (A Man and a Woman):




    vs. the UHQCD version, same track. I did not have time to compare the entire album, track by track. I hope to do that next weekend.




    Let me get to the punchline: UHQCD wins hands down against both the CD and SACD layers. I think you guys know I like Jacintha alot. After playing the well mastered Groove Note LPs, the CD layer was difficult to listen to. The SACD smoother but still had glare. The UHQCD was just smoother, more refined, more continuous than both RBCD and SACD layers. Sustain of notes were more natural and less discrete. There was more texture to Jacintha's voice, more like the LP I listen to so often. I did not get a sense of increased soundstage width or depth, just better separation of instruments and vocals, as if the noise floor dropped on the recording. I would love my entire CD collection to sound like this!

    I had an audiophile friend of mine here on Friday to share some tunes. I wish I did this A/B exercise then just to get a second opinion. I hope to A/B the rest of the album next weekend. I also want to rip the UHQCD and the CD layer and compare them through my streamer and see if I still hear the same difference. But this quick test was very promising. I was beginning to buy more SACDs in the hope of better sound on the road. Maybe I will buy more UHQCDs instead now.

    Definitely worth a try IMO, especially if you have a predominately digital collection.


    I had same result as yours. One of the audiophiles told me that UHQCD might be even better than LP in his system!

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  • MylesBAstor
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    Originally posted by JCOConnell View Post
    what are you using as a cd player/transport-dac?
    See post #29. Nothing earth shattering.

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  • JCOConnell
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    what are you using as a cd player/transport-dac?

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  • MylesBAstor
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    Originally posted by allenh View Post
    That was exactly my initial thought: Wow, I wonder what this would sound like w the Trinity Dac!

    The sound is what I think SACD would sound like: smoother and more refined than RBCD. I was surprised that I preferred the UHQCD over the SACD layer. I picked up 3 more UHQCDs tonight: 2 traditional Chinese instrumentals and the Faust/Carmen Suites (Lsc 2449). Really looking forward to the last one. Not cheap at $40-$50 per disc.
    Yes it seems that Elusive Disc has the biggest selection of the big three music distributors here.

    http://audiophile.elusivedisc.com/se...=uhqcd&x=0&y=0

    I would definitely try that La Spagna disc. You know they definitely had the master to work with there, not a safety or worse.

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  • allenh
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    That was exactly my initial thought: Wow, I wonder what this would sound like w the Trinity Dac!

    The sound is what I think SACD would sound like: smoother and more refined than RBCD. I was surprised that I preferred the UHQCD over the SACD layer. I picked up 3 more UHQCDs tonight: 2 traditional Chinese instrumentals and the Faust/Carmen Suites (Lsc 2449). Really looking forward to the last one. Not cheap at $40-$50 per disc.

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