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Could you please recommend me some SACDs and tell me which ones not to try

gel

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So I bought some SACDs on eBay last night from a collector of them. Rolling Stones, Bob Dillon and the Titanic soundtrack. I had wondered about the Top Gun soundtrack too but that was used all of my other ones I bought are brand new!
 

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Surely that's going to depend on what genre of music you like........
I don't have any SACD s that I wouldn't buy
I like all sorts of music to be honest not classical to be fair though. I have been through the list on eBay though and have bought some already, can you buy them from any other place? Thanks
 

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Amazon have a few on their site. I think most of the ones I've purchased have come via eBay from Japan. Type SACD in google and see what comes up mate.

You could have a trawl through discogs they have huge selection of new/used.
 
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Amazon have a few on their site. I think most of the ones I've purchased have come via eBay from Japan. Type SACD in google and see what comes up mate.

You could have a trawl through discogs they have huge selection of new/used.
Thanks mate. Typing sacd on searches on Amazon and eBay threw up more results for me. Just bought Top Gun soundtrack and Carpenters SACDs.
 

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Just a word of caution: If you start purchasing outside the EU don't gorge purchase from one supplier as anything over £15 could see you hit with a bill for 20% VAT (if you are unlucky) from those nice people at Revenue&Customs, plus an admin fee from the delivering carrier. The last time I looked the Royal Mail had the lowest admin fee of about £9, other carriers charge substantially more.
 
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Just a word of caution: If you start purchasing outside the EU don't gorge purchase from one supplier as anything over £15 could see you hit with a bill for 20% VAT (if you are unlucky) from those nice people at Revenue&Customs, plus an admin fee from the delivering carrier. The last time I looked the Royal Mail had the lowest admin fee of about £9, other carriers charge substantially more.
Thanks mate!
 

Al ears

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Just a word of caution: If you start purchasing outside the EU don't gorge purchase from one supplier as anything over £15 could see you hit with a bill for 20% VAT (if you are unlucky) from those nice people at Revenue&Customs, plus an admin fee from the delivering carrier. The last time I looked the Royal Mail had the lowest admin fee of about £9, other carriers charge substantially more.
Wise advice, they may appear cheaper in Japan but you can get caught out.
 
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It depends. SACDs can have surround-sound encoding (while Spotify certainly does not), while also offering very high bitrates.

Whether high bitrates are important is subject to much debate, even among top studio engineers (who should have pretty good hearing!). In blind testing, the results of 192kHz sampling vs 44.1kHz sampling are basically random - people can't tell which is which reliably.

So, from a conventional stereo HiFi point of view, I wouldn't bother with SACDs. I'd certainly look into them if I had a really good surround setup, but I don't. Even for movies, stereo works just fine for me.

All that said, there's a psychological part to listening to music. If having something technically superior is important to your enjoyment of the music, then go ahead and pursue SACDs. I don't mind either way.

Chris
 
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gel

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It depends. SACDs can have surround-sound encoding (while Spotify certainly does not), while also offering very high bitrates.

Whether high bitrates are important is subject to much debate, even among top studio engineers (who should have pretty good hearing!). In blind testing, the results of 192kHz sampling vs 44.1kHz sampling are basically random - people can't tell which is which reliably.

So, from a conventional stereo HiFi point of view, I wouldn't bother with SACDs. I'd certainly look into them if I had a really good surround setup, but I don't. Even for movies, stereo works just fine for me.

All that said, there's a psychological part to listening to music. If having something technically superior is important to your enjoyment of the music, then go ahead and pursue SACDs. I don't mind either way.

Chris
Thanks mate.
 

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No reason why not. I worked with a few of them fairly recently and found them to be lovely people. Jo is still a very strong singer.

Chris
 

gel

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Got the Bangles the other day and it’s really good! I got CELINE DION too and that is really amazing first time I have listened to it just now too. I got the Cambridge Audio 4K Blu-ray player to play them on. Thanks for the advice.
 

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