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Lexicon and Mark Levinson Announce Players are DualDisc Compatible

Lexicon and Mark Levinson have reversed their advisories warning against DualDisc use within their players. High Fidelity Review readers will be more than familiar with the knee-jerk (some would say uninformed) reaction by a number of manufacturers to the launch of the hybrid DVD/CD format in late 2004. read more…

Meridian Issue Statement On DualDisc Compatibility

Meridian has issued a statement on the compatibility of the new DualDisc format and their own players. It is as follows:

Meridian has been fully aware of DualDisc since its inception, having carried out extensive tests on the new music carrier from the test-market stage onwards. read more…

M7 Records Issues New DVD-Audio

German record label M7 Records has recently released their second DVD-Audio disc.

Titled ‘a due’, the album contains a collection of baroque chamber music for violin and harpsichord, played by Susanne Schuetz (violin) and Christian Weiherer (harpsichord). read more…

Chesky Records Issues 3 New SACDs and Launches 25% Off Holiday Sale

Chesky Records has released three new Surround Sound Super Audio CDs. The SACDs include new releases by Marta Gomez and the 52nd Street Blues Project as well as a reissue of Chuck Mangione’s The Feeling’s Back album. The SACDs by Marta Gomez and the 52nd Street Blues Project are “day and date” releases which were released on the same date in both SACD and CD Audio formats. read more…

Meridian Announces Version 4 800 Series Optical Disc Player

The 800 optical disc player from leading British consumer audio manufacturer Meridian has received equally high praise for the unparalleled quality of its video as it has for its world-beating audio performance, including high-resolution DVD-Audio. read more…

Macintosh Version of discWelder BRONZE Ships

Minnetonka Audio Software has announced shipment of its first DVD-Audio authoring tool for the Macintosh OS X platform: discWelder™ BRONZE.

Like the award winning PC version, discWelder™ BRONZE for the Mac allows users of OS X 10.3 or higher to easily write their own high-resolution DVD-A’s. read more…

2005 Surround Sound Grammy Nominees Announced

The Best Surround Sound Album of the Year nominees were announced earlier today as part of the 2005 Grammy Awards. The nominees feature 4 Surround Sound Super Audio CDs and 1 DVD Audio production released during the past year by Virgin Records, Concord Records & Hear Music, SFS Media, Capitol Records and Heads Up. read more…

Its Official – Concord Records Buys Fantasys Music Operation

Concord Records has announced that they have completed their purchase of the record labels and music catalog of Fantasy Inc. of Berkeley, California. Concord’s purchase of the music portion of Fantasy has been rumored for some time, but officials at both firms have remained mum about the purchase until this week. read more…

Polyhymnia International and BK Audio Launch European DSD Services

Earlier this week Polyhymnia International has provided an industry update on their new role as the lead player for DSD Field Support Services. The update comes several months after the announcement in August that Sony’s European SACD Field Support Services group would be spun out to two independent firms – Polyhymnia International and a new partnership between BK Audio and Studio LeRoy in the Netherlands. read more…

Nine Inch Nails and Michael McDonald Featured In Latest Universal Music Surround Sound SACDs

The Universal Music Group continues its release of titles in Super Audio CD Surround Sound with two new SACDs. The latest albums are a Deluxe Edition of The Downward Spiral from alternative rock group Nine Inch Nails and Motown Two by Michael McDonald. read more…

Latest Release News from Pentatone

Forte Distribution, PentaTone’s new US distributor, recently released in the USA ‘Russian Violin Concertos‘, the long awaited debut SACD of Julia Fischer. Recorded in Moscow in May 2004, the album features the Khachaturian Violin Concerto, Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto, and Glazunov’s Violin Concerto. read more…

Telarc Announces Jazz and Blues SACDs Planned for 2005

Following up on their announcement of new Classical Music SACD releases a few days ago, Telarc International and their Heads Up subsidiary, have released their list of Jazz and Blues Super Audio CDs planned for release in the coming year. read more…

Sony 5-Disc Super Audio CD Changer For Under $100

This holiday weekend Super Audio CD fans saw perhaps the lowest price yet on an SACD player – a Sony 5-Disc SACD unit for under $100. Good Guys, a well known audio and video chain based in California said they have made a “Special Purchase” of Sony’s DVP-NC685V which debuted at a list price of $199.99. read more…

Telarc Announces Plans for 2005 Classical Music SACD Releases

Telarc International has announced plans to release 11 Classical Music SACDs in the coming year. During 2005, Telarc plans to release a new SACD Sampler of their Classical Music as well as 10 newly recorded Classical Music Super Audio CDs. read more…

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