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CES 2008: Universal Music to Distribute Ondine Label in North American Market

CES 2008: Ondine has announced that the Universal Music Classical division of the Universal Music Group (UMG) will be distributing all of its «physical and digital» titles starting in 2008. The Ondine label is based in Finland and has released over 400 titles since its founding, with over 250 in active release. read more…

Analogue Productions Bringing 25 Classic Blue Note Jazz Albums to Super Audio CD

Earlier today Analogue Productions, the audiophile reissue specialist label owned by Chad Kassem, announced that they are bringing 25 classic albums from the Blue Note catalog to Super Audio CD disc. The albums are being licensed from Blue Note Records, the famed Jazz label owned by EMI/Capitol Records. read more…

The Jazz Side of the Moon in Super Audio CD Surround Sound

The Jazz Side of the Moon in Super Audio CD Surround Sound

A unique Jazz album entitled The Jazz Side of The Moon is the next in Chesky Records series of newly recorded Jazz performances. The album is subtitled “The Music of Pink Floyd” and as you might guess, it presents a new take on the classic album The Dark Side of The Moon by Pink Floyd. read more…

CES 2008: FIM Continues Audio Innovation with SACD, K2 HD and HRx Discs and Demos

CES 2008: First Impression Music (FIM) will highlight several different music formats during the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The 2008 edition of CES starts tonight with some pre-show press events that will be followed by an all-day «Press Day» event on Sunday and then exhibits that start on Monday.

FIM and its owner Winston Ma have been known for years as innovators in the high end audio arena. As a result of always pushing the boundaries in high end audio, the company is often among the first with new audio innovations and formats. That theme will be evident at CES this year as FIM highlights three different ways of moving Stereo two channel audio ahead. FIM will be showing their catalog of Stereo and Surround Sound Super Audio CD (SACD) discs including their latest release — Sway by singer Michael Gold. Also on display will be the label’s initial releases in JVC’s «K2 HD» enhancement of Redbook CDs.

Finally, FIM will be previewing the new «HRx» format of high resolution Stereo WAV files developed by Reference Recordings. read more…

CES 2008: Warner Bros. Goes Blu-Ray Exclusive Toshiba Is Surprised

CES 2008: Warner Home Video dropped a bombshell today in the High Definition Video Disc market by announcing that it will going to Blu-Ray Disc exclusively for its High Definition Video Disc releases starting at the end of May 2008. read more…

Heads Up Releases Spyro Gyra and Final Michael Brecker Album in 5.1 Super Audio CD Surround Sound

Heads Up International has released the final album by Jazz Great Michael Brecker and Spyro Gyra’s latest album on 5.1 Surround Sound Super Audio CDs. The SACDs of Pilgrimage by Michael Brecker and Good To Go Go by Spyro Gyra are the latest editions of Heads Up’s Surround Sound SACD Series, where they bring some of their top artists to you in high resolution audio. read more…

SACD X-05 Player

sacd-x-05-player.jpgTeac Japan announced their latest SACD X-05 somatotype Player will ship from earlier December 5, 04, 000 Yen. Besides SACD, the player also delivers playback of music CD and CD-R/RW. The SACD X-05 Player features signal-noise ratio 130dB, dynamic range 107dB and distortion factor 0. read more…

The Hurriganes Roadrunner Rock Album Comes to Market in Super Audio CD Surround Sound

The Hurriganes Roadrunner Rock Album Comes to Market in Super Audio CD Surround Sound

The Hurriganes, a rock group from Finland, has re-released their album “Roadrunner” in a new 5.1 Surround Sound Super Audio CD. Roadrunner was recorded at Marcus Music AB in Stockhold, Sweden in September 1974 and was originally released as a Stereo Vinyl LP. In the 1990s, the album was released as a Stereo CD and this was followed in the summer of 2004 with a 30th Anniversary Remastered Edition on Stereo CD.

Checking the album’s liner notes, we learn that a 5.1 Surround Sound CD edition of the album was also mixed, mastered and authored in May and June 2004. I don’t recall hearing about this anniversary edition at that time. read more…

Jacintha Goes to Hollywood Released in SACD

After a 3 year absence from the recording studio, Jacintha returns with a new album titled Jacintha Goes to Hollywood. Prior to its release to music stores later this year, Groove Note Records made the new album available this week as a Hybrid Stereo Super Audio CD.

On the new release, the singer from Singapore performs 9 classic songs from the movies with help from a group of Jazz all stars and arrangements by guitarist Anthony Wilson and pianist Iskandar Ismail. (Wilson is well known for his excellent SACD releases on Groove Note as well as his work backing singer Diana Krall). read more…

The Silver and the Black

The Silver and the Black

Before I grabbed my wife’s aging Powerbook, complete with Norwegian keyboard that I struggle to understand, and settled down to write, I first put on a record, followed by another, and then another. Of course when I say record, I mean a good, old-fashioned LP and not a shiny, silver digital disc. I chose vinyl over the more convenient CD because it’s what I fancied listening to. I like the covers, I love the sound, and I adore the way it looks, spinning away on whatever turntable happens to be around. read more…

Telarc Releases New Albums by Hiromi and David Russell in SACD Surround Sound

Telarc has released Surround Sound Super Audio CD editions of the latest albums by Jazz Pianist Hiromi and Classical Guitarist David Russell. The albums — Time Control by Hiromi and her Sonicbloom band and Art of the Guitar by David Russell — are «day and date» releases. read more…

Mobile Fidelity Releases Super Audio CD Edition of Whites Off Earth Now!! by the Cowboy Junkies

Mobile Fidelity Releases Super Audio CD Edition of Whites Off Earth Now!! by the Cowboy Junkies

The latest Super Audio CD release from Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs is the 20th Anniversary Edition of Whites Off Earth Now!! by punk rockers the Cowboy Junkies. The album was the group’s debut album and was originally recorded live at Studio 547 on June 28, 1986 by engineer Peter Moore with a Calrec Ambisonic Microphone.

In addition to the Cowboy Junkies Super Audio CD, Mobile Fidelity has provided an update on their release date for their upcoming SACD by The Pixies. The label has also added another Hybrid SACD to their release schedule. read more…

Bose Announces Universal Car Audio System With SACD and DVD-A Surround Sound Playback

Bose Announces Universal Car Audio System With SACD and DVD-A Surround Sound Playback

The Automotive Systems Division of Bose surprised many at this year’s Geneva Motor Show with the unveiling of The Bose Media System. This is a new car audio system that supports Surround Sound Super Audio CD and DVD Audio disc playback as well as CD Audio and several other music formats and will be available with the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti. read more…

SonyBMGs RCA Red Seal Label Releases First Surround Sound SACD In New Mahler Series

SonyBMGs RCA Red Seal Label Releases First Surround Sound SACD In New Mahler Series

SonyBMG’s RCA Red Seal classical music label has released a Surround Sound SACD featuring the first in a new cycle of recordings of the Mahler Symphonies by David Zinman conducting the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. The new SACD includes performances of Mahler’s First Symphony as well as the Blumine movement of the composition which is placed at the end of the disc so that it can be played – or not – at the listener’s option.

As with earlier RCA Red Seal Surround Sound SACD releases, this is a Single Inventory Hybrid Super Audio CD. It serves as both the CD Audio and SACD edition of the album as noted by a sticker on the album cover that says

“New Recording – Special Priced Hybrid Multichannel Super Audio CD. Plays on all standard CD and Super Audio CD Players.”

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