DVD-Audio News

A Hybrid CD/DVD Video Disc and SACD From David Bowie ?

Earlier this week a report posted on the David Bowie web site caused some puzzled reactions on Internet discussion groups. The report indicated that Sony Music’s Columbia Records label intended to release the “Reality” album by Bowie in a “brand new Sony hybrid disc format in North America on November 25th”. read more…

Mobile Fidelity Announces Dates For 4 Upcoming SACDs

Mobile Fidelity has announced projected release dates for their next four SACDs. Included in the list are upcoming SACDs from Blood, Sweat and Tears, Patricia Barber and Jim Hall as well as the next classical recording in the label’s new Surround Sound Series by Leonard Slatkin and the St. read more…

DVD-Audio Council Members Announce Seventy New Titles by Year End

In a press statement, the DVD-Audio council has today announced its members will release seventy new titles on the format before year-end. Yes, you read that right. Not seven or seventeen, but seventy!

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Hi Fi Show and AV Expo a ‘Resounding Success’

Organisers of the Hi Fi Show and AV Expo 2003, where both DVD-Audio and SACD were parts of prominent exhibits, have declared the event “a resounding success”, as were the ‘Hi-Fi News Industry Awards’, with accolades being given to high-resolution innovators such as Meridian Audio and Pioneer. read more…

Universal Releases SACD by Ludacris and Updates SACD List

Universal Music broadened the variety of their SACD catalog this week with a new Surround Sound SACD by rapper Ludacris titled “Chicken ‘N’ Beer”. They also announced an upcoming Surround Sound SACD by Soul artist Musiq and a revised date for Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road SACD Deluxe and Special Editions. read more…

Mike Oldfield DVD-Video/Audio ‘Tubular Bells’ Box Set

A Mike Oldfield DVD-Audio/Video box set is to be released by Warner Vision to mark the 30th Anniversary of ‘Tubular Bells’.

The set, scheduled to hit the streets in the U.K. on 17th November, will include DVD-Video live performances of ‘Tubular Bells II’ from Edinburgh Castle, ‘Tubular Bells III’ from Horseguard’s Parade, London (originally released as a double-sided DVD-Video disc in 1999), and ‘Art In Heaven’, the concert staged in Berlin to mark the Millennium celebrations of 2000. read more…

Vote For Your Favourite High-Resolution Release of 2003

HighFidelityReview is giving readers the chance to vote for their favourite high-resolution release of 2003 from a shortlist of six titles, nominated by twelve of the site’s contributors.

These six titles are, in the opinion of High Fidelity Review and our writers, the year’s finest releases on both the DVD-Audio and SACD formats. read more…

Universal Music Releases First DVD-Audio Titles

Universal Music entered the DVD-Audio market today with the release of six titles. Headline artists such as Sting, Sheryl Crow, Marvin Gaye, Vince Gill, Dave Grusin and Diana Krall are included in the first batch of titles from Universal’s A&M Records, Motown, MCA, GRP and Impulse labels. Anne-Sophie Mutter’s ‘The Four Seasons’, on some lists as being released today, will actually become available on October 7th. read more…

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots CD+DVD-Audio Scheduled for 23rd September

The release date for ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’ by the Flaming Lips has been confirmed as September 23rd by Rick Gershon of Warner Bros. Records Publicity.

In a message circulated to the industry’s entertainment editors and some wire services, the contents of the “CD+DVDA” package – which consists of two separate discs and not a single hybrid – are detailed, but once again Warner Bros. falls flat on its face when it comes to promoting the benefits of DVD-Audio. Nowhere in the release does it mention high-resolution audio or the presence of a multi-channel version of the album, and even the words “DVD-Audio” are absent from the text!

Here are the contents of the news release: read more…

CEDIA 2003: DVD-Audio and SACD from Sharp, JVC, Escient, Faroudja and Panasonic

CEDIA 2003: Sharp, JVC, Escient, Faroudja and Panasonic were among the manufacturers demonstrating high-resolution DVD-Audio and SACD solutions in Indianapolis this week.

Sharp introduced their first vertically mounted 1-bit audio systems, all of which are designed to be placed upon a wall or in a tight space (with the user’s choice of loudspeakers) and will make their debut early next year. read more…

CEDIA: Yamaha Introduce Firewire Interface for DVD-Audio and SACD

Incorporating an IEEE-1394 interface for DVD-Audio and SACD, Yamaha’s newest flagship receiver, the RX-Z9, was the highlight of the company’s forthcoming products being promoted in Indianapolis. read more…

IFA 2003: Denon Unveil High-End Audio/Video Prototypes [HFR]

IFA 2003: Denon unveiled a range of high-end prototype A/V equipment at the recent IFA expo in Berlin. The products are due for introduction sometime in the spring of 2004, and, according to Denon’s PR representative Robert Follis, the line up is specifically designed to “…take on Lexicon, Krell, Meridian etc.,” in the high-end sector of the market – the system is expected to cost in excess of Ј25,000. read more…

CEDIA 2003: New Theta Compli Universal Player

CEDIA 2003: Theta Digital has announced its first universal player – the Compli – at CEDIA today.

The only details we have so far are in the press release issued by Theta’s PR Agency, J. B. Stanton Communications:

The Compli plays material formatted for more than 15 popular audio, video, image and content formats. read more…

CEDIA 2003: Rotel Introduce DVD-Audio Equipped Receiver

CEDIA 2003: Rotel have announced a unique DVD-Audio capable product, the RSDX-02, a one-box design that incorporates a DVD player, 5.1 processor/amplifier and AM/FM tuner. To be priced at $1,500 when it is introduced to market in October, the RSDX-02 is said to bring high-performance home theatre and high-resolution audio to an entirely new spectrum of listeners. read more…

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