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    Japanese SHM SACD's

    Well, I just picked up Let It Bleed and Who's Next on this rather expensive Japanese SHM SACD's (green coated discs). Uttter garbage is all I can say, and I'm really rather steamed about it. This set came courtesy of the kind folks at Music Direct who didn't hold back on the marketing puffing for the titles.

    The following is my email to them after giving each a good listen (multiple times).

    N.B. The satisfaction level decreased exponentially with each listen.

    To MD:

    "I felt compelled to drop you a note to voice my utter disgust at the sound quality of both SHM SACD's that comprise the above referenced order.

    It's truly rare that a person can spend so much and receive so little in return. The mix on both these Stones and Who SACD's is just dreadful.

    Suffice it to say you've gotten the last buck out of me on this Japanese garbage releases.

    Considering I just took delivery from Music Direct on a Denon DCD A100 SACD player I thought to treat myself to what I believed would be some rather special sounding mucic. Well, it just didn't happen.

    Do you guys actually listen to what you claim to be so great?

    Sorry, but bad is bad and that's it.

    Pissed-off in New Orleans!"

    Cordially.

    Fred Daigle
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    Did you hear back from them at all Fred
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    Are you sure these are the SHM-SACDs and not the SHM-CDs? I've heard very good things about the Who's Next release in particular. I have Gentle Giant - Octopus and it sounds fantastic. I was impressed enough to order other titles.

    On the other hand the SHM-CDs are consistently unlistenable.

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    Strange, I've read some posts claiming that the best sounding Getz/Gilberto album you can buy, regardless of format, is this Japanese shm-sacd version.

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    I thought the same of the Steely Dan Aja SACD.... Great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Williams View Post
    Did you hear back from them at all Fred
    Hi Steve, not yet. It was in the evening yesterday. Perhaps they will reply today.

    Quote Originally Posted by lasercd View Post
    Are you sure these are the SHM-SACDs and not the SHM-CDs? I've heard very good things about the Who's Next release in particular. I have Gentle Giant - Octopus and it sounds fantastic. I was impressed enough to order other titles.

    On the other hand the SHM-CDs are consistently unlistenable.
    No, they are the SACD versions.

    I assume the classical/jazz titles fared better than the rock titles.
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    I got a whole bunch of those, and the quality varies wildly.
    Stevie Wonder's "Songs in the key of life" has a chopped off top end, compared to the recent 2CD reissue. But the low end is significantly booster, with lots more bass. The end result is mellower, punchier, analog-y.
    Dire Straits' first sounds good, with little tinkering. GG's "Octopus" sounded good also.
    So, at $50+ a pop, I'm not buying them in the dark anymore.

    alexandre

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