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    Gurkensalat got a reaction from Yavar Moradi in Don Davis' THE MATRIX (1999) - 2021 Complete Edition by Varese Sarabande (2xCD / 2xSACD / 3xLP)   
    This is the exact reply I got for my query:
     


    We looked into that but it wasn't an option for the service that manages the delivery of our digital files.  The SACD is the only way to get the 5.1. Thanks for the question.

    Jeff 
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Jay in Don Davis' THE MATRIX (1999) - 2021 Complete Edition by Varese Sarabande (2xCD / 2xSACD / 3xLP)   
    It's a recurring joke in What We Do In The Shadows
     
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C02two9Anlw
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    Gurkensalat reacted to crocodile in JAWS - 2015 Intrada 2CD Release (Complete film tracks & original LP re-recording)   
    Since there is nowhere else to put it... I love this so much. ❤️
     
     
    Karol - huge fan of the channel 
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    Gurkensalat got a reaction from Mattris in Don Davis' THE MATRIX (1999) - 2021 Complete Edition by Varese Sarabande (2xCD / 2xSACD / 3xLP)   
    In my opinion the real sound differences between well made SACD, DVD-Audio and Blu-ray Audio are not significant, although I hear them (SACD of the same 5.1. recording sounding a bit rounder, warmer, the Blu-ray a bit clearer and brighter). The main drawing point for me is a good multichannel mix which can elevate a recording very much, see the JW Vienna Blu-ray. 
     
    For the matrix release I would have also welcomed a Blu-ray audio sold separately. Doing a backwards  to CD compatible SACD and selling it separately is just trying to extract more money from the audiophile customers. Several classical recording companies like Bis show, that it is perfectly find to just release one SACD for all for the standard CD price. People without SACD player just pop it into the CD or DVD/Audio player and do not notice a difference to a normal CD. 
     
    Therefore I am a bit miffed about Varese´release policy, but am willing to pay the premium just to give a sign that multichannel is a point of interest to some. Providing the mix is good, which it seems to be according to @Jim Ware. Although it is not clear to me if there is just a lot of ambience in the surround or discreetly placed instruments. Well, I think I will just hav to bite the bullet and order the SACD for myself and hope for the best. 
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Jim Ware in Don Davis' THE MATRIX (1999) - 2021 Complete Edition by Varese Sarabande (2xCD / 2xSACD / 3xLP)   
    The rears are primarily orchestral ambience, but there is some discrete synth placement. Chorus has a particularly enveloping quality too.
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    Gurkensalat got a reaction from Jurassic Shark in Don Davis' THE MATRIX (1999) - 2021 Complete Edition by Varese Sarabande (2xCD / 2xSACD / 3xLP)   
    I am sorry, but every single sentence here is false. SACD and DVD Audio use a standard DVD with the same storage space, it is just used different. SACD is stored as DSD which is a 1 bit format using 2.8224 MHz sampling frequency, so it does not offer greater bit depth. And the surround encoding of DVD audio can use 24 bit at 96 kHz, so much better than CD. 
     
    Lastly a DVD Audio cannot be played on a regular DVD player, except it has a DVD-Video-Portion on it, e.g. a Dolby Digital version in addition to the hirez portion. The latter is not accessible to a regular DVD player. This is a difference to Blu-ray audio which can be played on every regular BD player.
     
    This I can agree on :-)
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Yavar Moradi in Don Davis' THE MATRIX (1999) - 2021 Complete Edition by Varese Sarabande (2xCD / 2xSACD / 3xLP)   
    Ok, we can debate whether some humans can hear the difference between 16 bit CD quality and a 24 bit SACD. I know plenty who can, given the right playback equipment and when it comes to orchestral/choral music in particular. But what about the fact that CDs can only be in mono or stereo, whereas SACD can play losslessly in 5.1 surround sound? You think only a bat can tell the difference between that and stereo? 
     
    If you can't tell the difference between SACD and CD, that's fine. But don't act like audiophiles the world over are dupes falling for a fad or something. That's not the case at all.
     
    Yavar
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Jim Ware in Don Davis' THE MATRIX (1999) - 2021 Complete Edition by Varese Sarabande (2xCD / 2xSACD / 3xLP)   
    I have! The rears are very active throughout, creating a highly immersive and detailed soundstage with a LOT of bass. It sounds great for the most part.
     
    The mastering is a little odd on the quieter cues - Through The Surveillance Monitor for example - they sound *much* too loud in some cases and room noise is clearly audible.
     
    I question the wisdom of releasing this as an SACD rather than a Blu-ray audio. In my view it would have made more sense to present the 24/48 5.1 PCM audio on BR audio.
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Alan in Don Davis' THE MATRIX (1999) - 2021 Complete Edition by Varese Sarabande (2xCD / 2xSACD / 3xLP)   
    My copy arrived this morning! Just starting to listen now. I'll give the SACD layer a spin during the day tomorrow. It's not the prettiest looking set in the world but I agree that it looks better in the flesh than the promo shots suggested.
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Yavar Moradi in Don Davis' THE MATRIX (1999) - 2021 Complete Edition by Varese Sarabande (2xCD / 2xSACD / 3xLP)   
    Suuuuper interested in your impressions of the 5.1 surround version, assuming you've got a surround setup to listen to it on. If enough people say it makes a big difference I'll probably splurge for the $15 upgrade.
     
    Yavar
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    Gurkensalat reacted to crocodile in Don Davis' THE MATRIX (1999) - 2021 Complete Edition by Varese Sarabande (2xCD / 2xSACD / 3xLP)   
    Collected it this morning from the post office. 
     

     
    Karol
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Marian Schedenig in Don Davis' THE MATRIX (1999) - 2021 Complete Edition by Varese Sarabande (2xCD / 2xSACD / 3xLP)   
    Yes. I already had to pay taxes for my previous order. The "international store" is in the UK, and the UK is no longer in the EU, so the international store is in fact a UK store and tax-wise no better for us mainland Europeans than the US store.
     
    I'm still trying to figure out where to buy Blu-rays post-Brexit, especially since German releases are getting worse and worse by the year.
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Disco Stu in Always (1989) - 2021 Expanded Edition from La-La Land Records   
    I first read this post devoid of the context of the conversation and for a second was like "....musically?"
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Alan in Don Davis' THE MATRIX (1999) - 2021 Complete Edition by Varese Sarabande (2xCD / 2xSACD / 3xLP)   
    I contacted the international store late last week. They said that the SACDs should arrive with them and start shipping today
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    Gurkensalat got a reaction from Yavar Moradi in Don Davis' THE MATRIX (1999) - 2021 Complete Edition by Varese Sarabande (2xCD / 2xSACD / 3xLP)   
    Had anybody the chance to listen to the 5.1. mix yet? I am curious if it is a conservative mix with just some reverb in the surrounds, or more adventurous with instruments surrounding the listener. With this score I would welcome the latter.
     
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    Gurkensalat got a reaction from Jay in John Williams albums by Philips Records (Boston Pops)   
    When I listen to the finale to Rachmaninov 1st Symphony I always imagine it to be the soundtrack to the beginning to an oldfashioned swashbuckling movie, like in the Errol Flynn days.
     
    Agree about Strauss and about Elektra, even more it is with Salome, I think, which is possibly the greatest opera of the 20th century IMO.
     
    I would say, yes, there was and is a general stigma against synthesizers in so called classical music, although some more modern composers used it from time to time. But they are widely regarded as a cheap imitation of acoustic instruments.  And one would NEVER use it as an addition to an established work which is instrumented conventionally with acoustic instruments. 
    I understand that Williams used it just to augment the sound of organ and choir, not to introduce a new sound, but rather try to let the synth vanish and not be discernible. That I would say may be okay, because somehow it is kind of an extension of modern recording techniques using lots of microphones and manipulating the recorded sound afterward in the studio for the mix to achieve a desired result. So I personally would let it pass in this case :-)
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Marian Schedenig in John Williams albums by Philips Records (Boston Pops)   
    If you're in the mood for more film-style classical music with off-stage performers, try Richard Strauss' Alpensinfonie:
     
     
    Much more German than the Holst, of course, but also about as close to a narrative leit-motif driven film score as you can get with concert music. The off-stage brass orchestra comes in shortly after 6:20.
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    Gurkensalat got a reaction from blondheim in Don Davis' THE MATRIX (1999) - 2021 Complete Edition by Varese Sarabande (2xCD / 2xSACD / 3xLP)   
    While I would not call SACD outdated (there are still compatible players made, and for 5.1 Blu-ray sounds about the same) I am surprised at this as well. The big advantage of SACD is backwards compatibility to CD, so you have to make only one disc for everybody, like the classical recordings from BIS, for example. If you produce a separate CD release you might as well do a Blu-ray for hires multichannel since now there are probably much more BD players in homes than SACD compatible ones. Either way I am very happy that finally a soundtrack is release in proper hires surround and will buy it, once I read the review if the SACD offered an audible advantage here. Unfortunately earlier Soundtrack releases on SACD or DVD Audio like E.T. And A.I. did not seem to offer a much better sound. I hope, with the Matrix they got better masters that can take full use of the potential of SACD.
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    Gurkensalat got a reaction from Mattris in Don Davis' THE MATRIX (1999) - 2021 Complete Edition by Varese Sarabande (2xCD / 2xSACD / 3xLP)   
    While I would not call SACD outdated (there are still compatible players made, and for 5.1 Blu-ray sounds about the same) I am surprised at this as well. The big advantage of SACD is backwards compatibility to CD, so you have to make only one disc for everybody, like the classical recordings from BIS, for example. If you produce a separate CD release you might as well do a Blu-ray for hires multichannel since now there are probably much more BD players in homes than SACD compatible ones. Either way I am very happy that finally a soundtrack is release in proper hires surround and will buy it, once I read the review if the SACD offered an audible advantage here. Unfortunately earlier Soundtrack releases on SACD or DVD Audio like E.T. And A.I. did not seem to offer a much better sound. I hope, with the Matrix they got better masters that can take full use of the potential of SACD.
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    Gurkensalat reacted to crocodile in Don Davis' THE MATRIX (1999) - 2021 Complete Edition by Varese Sarabande (2xCD / 2xSACD / 3xLP)   
    This particular score is worthy of a SACD extra cash. Definitely
     
    Karol
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Brundlefly in Your Top 10 JW Scores   
    It's incredibly generic. Williams on auto-pilot. Listen to Rosewood instead.
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Disco Stu in Your Top 10 JW Scores   
    The Celtic stuff in F&A doesn't do much for me and honestly keeps me from liking it as much as others (which is funny because Titanic is my #1 Horner, guess i just like his Celtic more than JW's).  I adore the American part of F&A of course.
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Brundlefly in Your Top 10 JW Scores   
    I'm shocked every time, when Far & Away makes a Top 10 list.
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    Gurkensalat got a reaction from Marian Schedenig in The Gerhardt Star Wars Recordings   
    There is a lot of music that is composed with the idea of spatial audio, from the early Renaissance antiphonal Venetian school to Mozarts Notturno for 4 orchestras and Berlioz Requiem to Stockhausen´s Gruppen and the 20th century music. Pop music also, I am thinking of the phase experiements and quad recordings from Pink Floyd and others. Music does not have to be restricted to the simple front podium situation. And in a classic concert hall, the ambient reflective sound is often almost as intense as the direct sound from the front. 
     
    Back to the Gerhardt series, as far as I know TESB was never released in Surround, but his recording for ROTJ was. But for me, there is not much audible difference. since there is little ambience in the recording. 
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    Gurkensalat reacted to Marian Schedenig in The Gerhardt Star Wars Recordings   
    Ok, but what does that have to do with the discussion we're having about natural ambience in the rear channels? Also, you probably shouldn't go to a live performance of The Planets if you're categorically against music not coming from the front.
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