A new blog

13 Nov

I’m pleased to announce that a new blog dedicated to Blu-Ray to DVD-A releases has just been opened by the same person who runs the SACD to DVD-A blog.

If your a fan of The Who’s ‘Tommy’, you’ll find a conversion of the recent Blu-Ray release there, along with the two Pink Floyd conversions.

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16 Responses to “A new blog”

  1. captainbeyond55 November 13, 2013 at 18:13 #

    This is fantastic news and I salute sacdtodvda for your time, efforts and outstanding titles offered. Thank You.

    • sacdtodvda November 16, 2013 at 10:28 #

      11 downloads – I’d be interested to know what people think of both the music and the Quintaphonic mix . I find the music something of a curate’s egg myself.

      • oxforddickie November 16, 2013 at 10:37 #

        Well i’ll put my hands up and say i’ve not managed to listen to it yet, rather busy decoding, but i will try and get some time to actually sit down and listen.

      • Owen Smith November 16, 2013 at 14:08 #

        I’m most of the way through listening to it. Use of the Centre channel for all the vocals and some music is a bit disconcerting, it doesn’t always integrate well into the rest of the soundfield. I’m used to hearing vocals spread across the front stereo image (and sometimes further with quad). And that’s before getting into the slightly different tonal character of my Centre because while it is from the same manufacturer with the same woofer (but alas not the tweeter), I don’t have a floorstanding Castle Harlech laid on its side ie. it isn’t the same as the front left/right speakers.

        Musically some of it is great and some parts less so. The classic “Deaf, dumb and blind kid” guitar riff sections had me dancing about the place, but other parts had me reaching for the Radio Times to see what’s on TV this evening.

        I’ve got to go shopping soon, the rest of Tommy will have to wait.

  2. jaypfunk November 13, 2013 at 14:18 #

    Awesome stuff. But one thing I find to be a real pain is having to DL all the .rar files. Torrents would be sooooo much better.

    • Owen Smith November 13, 2013 at 14:48 #

      I had precisely that conversation with sacdtodvda by email many months ago and he says torrents don’t suit his situation, he can’t leave a machine running and connected all the time. I agree with you that it’s a real pain, but if the blog owner has good reasons then we either respect them or go elsewhere. He’s the one putting in the effort doing the conversions. I’m downloading Tommy now.

  3. beukenoot November 13, 2013 at 12:20 #

    Queen – Night of the Opera has a 5.1 mix on BD now. Sounds different like the 4ch. A bit more “polished”

    • Owen Smith November 13, 2013 at 15:03 #

      There was never a 4ch A Night At The Opera. Which release do you believe was? I am aware of the following releases of A Night At The Opera, all in 5.1 surround. Note that although nominally 5.1, there is limited use of the Centre in all of the Queen surround stuff and it sometimes sounds like 4.0 until you check.

      2001 DTS CD pre-release: Elliot Scheiner mix demo (I don’t have this but lots of Queen fans I respect don’t like the mix)

      2001 DVD-A pre-release: Elliot Scheiner mix demo (I don’t have this but lots of Queen fans I respect don’t like the mix)

      2002 DVD-A release: Brian May rework of Elliot Scheiner mix. The 5.1 is great and is the best surround mix of this album in my opinion. The LPCM stereo is brick walled with loudness wars. Note God Save The Queen is an upmix from stereo, they couldn’t find the multi tracks.

      2005 DVD-V (DTS and DD5.1) release: further rework by Brian May, and in my opinion a poorer 5.1 mix as a result. Also the 5.1 is brick walled with loundess wars. The God Save The Queen is a new mix since they found the multi tracks.

      2013 Blu Ray HFPA release: identical 5.1 mix to the 2005 DVD-V except it’s LPCM ie. lossless, and still brickwalled with loudness wars. Bizarrely the LPCM stereo is a new transfer and is sublime, wonderful dynamic range and so clear you can hear multi track tape saturation on some instruments, very quiet guide tracks and little bits of music I’ve never heard before. This is probably the finest stereo transfer possible of this album, I don’t believe there can be any more to be had from the master tape.

      Conclusion: for 5.1 go for the 2002 DVD-A, for stereo go for the 2013 Blu Ray HFPA.

      • beukenoot November 15, 2013 at 22:09 #

        Thanks for your extenive explanation 😉

        I listened the new stereo version, but it sounds a bit too clean to me. Why did they not left the noise floor?
        You are right about loudnessed 5.1 mix, but in this way the multichannel effects become much stronger. I was thinking that it was original Quad because the LP was from 1976. Well maybe the Quad adventure was already closed by then..

      • Owen Smith November 16, 2013 at 01:47 #

        Queen never got involved in original quad, more’s the pity. They were in a toxic management deal with Trident during the early years, who were a production company out only to make money for Trident. The song “Death on Two Legs” is about the band’s relationship with them. Why they didn’t get into quad after that is less clear, but then Abba didn’t either. The quad rumours for Queen are:

        Q8 of Queen I is on an online list of quad albums somewhere. I have seen no evidence this exists, and given Queen I was recorded in the dead of night when no-one else wanted the studio ie. it cost very little to record, I doubt anyone put up the money for a quad mix.

        Pop Spectacular from Golders Green Hippodrome radio broadcast 13 Sep 1973 is often listed as being SQ encoded. This is the earliest live Queen concert in circulation and has the issue that Freddie sounds like he’s in the next room. OD decoded this and proved it isn’t SQ encoded, plus the label on the BBC Transcription Service LP doesn’t say SQ.

        BBC Session 6 Oct 1997 consists of 4 tracks from the News of the World album. There is a possibility that they were Matrix H encoded for Alan Freeman’s show, whether this is on the original stereo mix for the John Peel show (which I have) or whether it is a different mix is unknown. This is the only real candidate for Queen in legacy quad, but proving it and getting hold of the correct master is a nightmare. And then there’s the issue of decoding Matrix H.

        Queen fan? Who, me? 🙂

        • oxforddickie November 16, 2013 at 08:07 #

          Well, i would never have guessed LOL

          Not wanting to give too much away, but i do actually have one Queen track in Matrix H, it’s an off air recording, and with ‘H’, that could lead to problems.

          Of course the biggest problem is i’ve still to crack this dreadfull matrix. As a BBC engineer once said, nothing decodes ‘H’ well, and boy was he right. That’s why the BBC (officially) dumped it after only 3 months

      • Owen Smith November 16, 2013 at 13:59 #

        Slip of two decades on the date. I actually meant:

        BBC Session number 6 recorded in Oct 1977 (not 6th Oct or 1997).

        • oxforddickie November 16, 2013 at 14:14 #

          Taking this subject to a slightly different thread, this is one of those strange things when it comes to the Matrix H broadcasts. ‘Officially’, the BBC scrapped ‘H’ in September of 1977, moving on to the totally incompatible Matrix HJ (which was itself replaced by the even more incompatible UHJ), but i believe that the likes of Tony Wilson, who was responsible for almost all of the quadraphonic sessions, continued using Matrix H because many people had invested in modifying their Sansui receivers to be able to experience the broadcasts in quad, even though the results were poor.

          A similar thing happened later with UHJ. The BBC did some ‘test broadcasts’, then officially stopped. But that didn’t stop producers, who saw the potential of the system, from secretly broadcasting UHJ encoded plays etc. In fact, the Radio 4 soap ‘The Archers’ was believed to have been broadcast secretly in UHJ for quite a few years after the Matrix H episodes produced for one week were popular with the listeners (especially as it had been in mono before the quad broadcasts)

  4. tenbeersbold November 13, 2013 at 11:16 #

    Good to see and thanks fer the “heads up” OD.
    I sent him an email regarding the compatibility of these Blu-Ray conversions w/ DVD-A players as his other blogs releases don’t work on my Denon DVD-A player.

    Is there some insurmountable technical hurdle as to why his other blogs releases aren’t universally playable like the ones here?

    • tenbeersbold November 13, 2013 at 11:20 #

      DOOOHHH! Scratch that last comment. I got the Desert Rat blog confused w/ his.I already emailed my goof to him.Sorry folks!

      • sacdtodvda November 13, 2013 at 11:40 #

        To quote The Who’s mini-opera, you are forgiven.

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