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what format next for the chop

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it started way back with betamax video lost a lot of money on that then went for laserdisc more money lost
now i thought dvdaudio would take off as a hi res music carrier bought load of dvd-a discs at premium price
i still have loads and think there great, but alas cant buy them any more
i still have sacd but the discs are drying up as well, with my luck it will be only
only a matter of time to they stop making them.
so whats going to be the next format to win as a hi res music carrier ?
so what have you lost in the hi fi wars.
 

Ravey Gravey Davy

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Thats tough luck-but to make you feel better ,as an altruistic gesture would you mind posting any of your future investments so we can all avoid the same misfortune.-
 
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Anonymous

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dvdaudio:
it started way back with betamax video lost a lot of money on that then went for laserdisc more money lost
now i thought dvdaudio would take off as a hi res music carrier bought load of dvd-a discs at premium price
i still have loads and think there great, but alas cant buy them any more
i still have sacd but the discs are drying up as well, with my luck it will be only
only a matter of time to they stop making them.
so whats going to be the next format to win as a hi res music carrier ?
so what have you lost in the hi fi wars.

I worked in a well known Oxford St store at the time the first generation JVC VHS and Sony Betamax videos came out. The VHS had a far better picture so luckily I bought one of those. If I had seen the second generation Sony I would probably have bought that. Stunning quality at the time. Do you remember the Sony Elcaset?
 

chebby

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dvdaudio:So whats going to be the next format to win as a hi res music carrier ?

so what have you lost in the hi fi wars.

Until late last year I always used mainstream formats (LP, CD, FM radio) now I am also using iTunes to rip CD losslessly and for internet radio. So in that respect I am still using a mainstream format. I have never 'lost' anything in terms of formats as all the ones I use are still going. FM may or may not be switched off in the next few years but I am covered. CDs may slowly disappear now iTunes is the world's biggest music provider/retailer but that will be quite a few years also.

The hi-res format in the online music world is 24bit/96khz 'studio master' downloads. Expensive and still very limited in choice and never likely to catch on in a really big way until everyone's internet download speeds/limits improve dramatically and the choice improves and the price comes down. (£18 for my last Linn Records 24/96 download!) When we get the download speeds (and ISP charges) common in many other countries then hi-res downloads could become more practical.

We will probably see Blu-Ray music only discs but I suspect they will be as popular as SACD and DVDAudio before them. The majority of people really don't give a flying fig about music let alone good sound quality. (Truth is they never have. If it were otherwise, my local specialist hifi dealer would be as big as the Currys superstore!) The tiny numbers of potential customers for hi-res music formats will never make it worthwhile for big labels to provide extensive choice.

When it comes to hi-def TV that is different. People have gone mad for it but hi-def/hi-res music formats? No.
 
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Anonymous

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dvdaudio:It started way back with betamax video lost a lot of money on that then went for laserdisc more money lost now i thought dvdaudio would take off as a hi res music carrier bought load of dvd-a discs at premium price i still have loads and think there great, but alas cant buy them any more i still have sacd but the discs are drying up as well, with my luck it will be only only a matter of time to they stop making them.
so whats going to be the next format to win as a hi res music carrier ?
so what have you lost in the hi fi wars.

Commiseration.

It clearly doesn't pay to be an early adopter.
 
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Anonymous

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i agree with you momo72
but if nobody bought any new formats , then nothing would survive in the marketplace
dont get me wrong i still think sacd and dvd-audio are the best ive heard music wise
and think were wasted by bad marketing it was not given a chance..
 
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Anonymous

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The CD will be the next mainstream format the bite the dust (although it may outlive Blu-Ray...). It won't happen overnight, but in another 10 years (maximum I'd say) CDs will be completely absent from the high street, and only available from the little record shop tucked down the back alley - a niche market. Still, like vinyl, it will continue for long after the masses have moved to download.
 

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