Wow. What a fantastic video. Very informative.
I've never stressed over bit-rates because I've never been able to tell the difference between my Nora Jones - Come Away With Me SACD and the standard redbook. Now I have a solid explanation of why that is, I mean other than the fact that I don't have superduperuberaudiophile hearing.
That video cracked me up - like VERY few things can. The exact immediate association, if posted, would get me banned in an instant - but suffice to say is that it is very cunningly hiding ( or completely non-understanding ? ) what it really is all about. Nothing wrong with the presentation etc - but it IS too superficial and misleading to those who are not familiar enough with measurements and/or audibility of certain parameters on QUALITY audio equipment using QUALITY recordings.
I do not know Nora Jones either on redbook or SACD - getting her firs LP is still something better forgotten sooner than later. It was not a good recording - enjoyabe yes, good - NO.
There is at least one label with consistently high enough sound quality to justify getting AUDIBLY better than CD version. Opus 3 from Sweden. All were originally recorded to analog tape, using minimalistic microphone setups. Personally, I am the most familiar with the http://www.discogs.com/Omnibus-Wind-Ensemble-Music-By-Frank-Zappa/release/1820934 . It exists as original analog LP ( sadly, I was too late to get it at anything resembling sensible price ), CD and lastly, SACD/CD version.
It is HORRIBLE how much better the last polycarbonate version sounds compared to initial CD release - even on CD layer. Switch your player to SACD - MUCH better still. Opus 3 is now offering DSD downloads of most of its catalog - http://www.opus3records.com/ About half a year or so ago, there were a couple of free DSD downloads available, but I can no longer find them now.
And no, you do not have to "endure" music of Frank Zappa, if that is not exactly your cup of tea - there are other good more accesible selections of music in Opus 3 catalogue, ALL with constantly high sound quality.
Still ( make sure to select 720p resolution for best SQ possible on YT ):
More of the same :
Correction: free sample DSD track download is still available, click on any of the CSD samplers and follow the instructions. It is Eric Bibb - Meeting at the Building (5.6 MHz)
Edited by analogsurviver - 3/11/14 at 4:27am