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March 11

Maybe a little off-topic, but since DVD-Audio has become such an important media for (re)issuing of Prog Rock in high-resolution, it may be of interest to some readers here that a few such albums have been released on SACD; on SHM-SACD to be more precise. These are audiophile releases by Universal Music Group Japan. Unfortunately they are stereo only and non-hybrid so they play only on SACD players – not on CD players. The titles are:

Camel - Moonmadness Camel - Rain dances

Caravan - For the Girls who Grow Plump in the Night

March 5

It has taken quite a few years for it to get up to speed but thanks to an initiative from Universal Music Group we are finally starting to see some more audio-only Blu-ray Discs with high-resolution and in some cases multichannel sound. UMG calls them 'High Fidelity Pure Audio' (HFPA). All of the albums are back-catalog reissues, from various UMG labels spanning different genres. Some of them have been reissued on DVD-Audio before, others on SACD and yet others are issued in hi-res for the first time. For those who are interested there's an overview of titles here.

High-Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray Disc sampler?

March 3

In 2008, Universal Music announced a 35th Anniversary Edition of Emerson Lake and Palmer's Brain Salad Surgery. It was supposed to feature an SACD with a 5.1 mix of the album. The deluxe edition released but reportedly (though the reports are confusing) it was with a DVD-Video containing Dolby Digital 2.0 and DTS 5.1 mix. This 5.1 mix had been made and released on DVD-Audio earlier, in 2000.

ELP - Brain Salad Surgery DVD-Audio [2008]

Now Neil Wilkes writes: "We are currently working on the 2014 edition of ELP's Brain Salad Surgery featuring the original stereo mix remastered by Andy Pearce (who has done a very nice job of it too) and new stereo & 5.1 mixes by the multi-talented Jakko Jakszyk with all content in 24/96 Advanced Resolution as well as PCM & DTS 9624 in the Video_TS with Dolby Digital 48K for legacy users. This classic release has never sounded so good."

We'll keep you posted about its release.

In the meantime, Steven Wilson has remixed and remastered a second Yes album (after Close to the Edge) – The Yes Album. It comes as a double digi-pack format in a slipcase with a booklet featuring new sleeve notes by Sid Smith, along with rare photos and archive material. The album has been mixed in 5.1 from the original studio masters and is fully approved by the band. It is due for release April 14th. An expanded version of Going For The One is supposed to follow later this year.

One Prog Rock album that is available right now is Kaleidoscope by Transatlantic – a progressive supergroup featuring Neal Morse (ex-Spock's Beard), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater), Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings) and Pete Trewavas (Marillion). This is their new studio album, "featuring five epic tracks that combine Classic (Yes, early Genesis) and Neo Prog elements" [Burning Shed]. The 5.1 mix is on DVD-V – not DVD-A. The DVD also features a promotional video and a making-of documentary. It comes with 2 CDs, one with album in Red Book stereo, the other a bonus CD including covers of pieces by the likes of King Crimson, Focus and Procol Harum.

Transatlantic - Kaleidoscope DVD-V 5.1

January 4

For anyone wondering what DVD-Audio titles do well, here's a list of the best-selling items (through this site) of 2013:

  1. Rush – 2112 [CD + 5.1 Audio DVD Deluxe Edition]
  2. Rush – Moving Pictures - Deluxe Edition [CD + DVD-Audio]
  3. ELP – Emerson, Lake and Palmer (Deluxe Edition)
  4. Queen – A Night at the Opera [DTS DVD-Audio]
  5. Genesis – Box Set 3 (1970-1975) [13 Disc Set]
  6. Eagles – Hotel California [DVD-Audio Surround Sound]
  7. Caravan – In the Land of Grey & Pink
  8. Alanis Morissette – Under Rug Swept
  9. Jethro Tull – Benefit (Deluxe 2xCD+DVD)
  10. Lynrd Skynrd – Southern Surroundings: The Ultimate Skynyrd Collection (1 CD/2 DVD)
  11. King Crimson – Islands (40th Anniversary Series)
  12. King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King (Deluxe)
  13. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tarkus (Deluxe Edition)
  14. Stick Men – Deep (Special Edition)
  15. Steven Wilson – Raven That Refused To Sing [Blu-ray Audio]
  16. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon (30th Anniversary Edition) [SACD]
  17. Faith Hill – Cry
  18. Buena Vista Social Club – Buena Vista Social Club
  19. Donald Fagen – The Nightfly
  20. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours [DVD-Audio Surround Sound]

Interesting to see, isn't it?

November 5

There's just no end to the flow of Prog Rock album reissues remastered and remixed into 5.1 by Steven Wilson. This time it's an album by Jethtro Tull – Benefit. The songs are now available in mono, stereo and 5.1. Two discs in the package are regular audio CDs, also including related recordings from 1869-1970. This Deluxe 'Collectors Edition' is available as of October 29, so already.

Jetrho Tull - Benefit CD+DVD-Audio 5.1 Deluxe Edition

October 1

Two new Steven Wilson projects will see the light this month: 5.1 remixing and remastering of XTC's Nonsuch and Close to the Edge by Yes. Both albums are released as CD+DVD-Audio and CD+Blu-ray Disc bundle. Follow these links for the BD issues of Nonsuch and Close to the Edge. The XTC album is due October 15th; the Yes one the 29th.

XTC - Nonsuch 5.1 remaster Yes - Close to the Edge 5.1 remaster

Lots more details here and here.

If you care about high-resolution audio more than the multi-channel aspect of the Yes remasters, you may also be interested in the High Vibration boxset that was recently released in Japan, containing 13 Yes albums on stereo SACD, plus a bonus disc with remixes and alternate takes:

  • Yes (1969)
  • Time and a Word (1970)
  • The Yes Album (1971)
  • Fragile (1971)
  • Close to the Edge (1972)
  • Yessongs (1973)
  • Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973)
  • Relayer (1974)
  • Going for the One (1977)
  • Tormato (1978)
  • Drama (1980)
  • 90125 (1983)
  • Big Generator (1987)

Yes - High Vibration SACD box set

It is available from Amazon.com as Japanese import but at almost twice the price of Japanese sources like CD Japan.

Traditionally, Prog Rock has been much better represented on DVD-Audio than on Super Audio CD but the last couple of months a number of interesting reissues have taken place on SACD, albeit in stereo only, including Going for the One and, again, Close to the Edge by Yes, plus mastered Hemispheres and Counterparts by Rush. These albums, along with several others, have been remastered by Kevin Gray and been released by Audio Fidelity.

July 17

Several new titles have come to market since the last update. News comes through Neil Wilkes of Opus Productions who has mastered all of these DVD-Audio discs.

1. The Vicar – Songbook #1

Neil Wilkes writes: This wonderful record is now available in a multitude of formats & could easily be described as a complete multimedia project, featuring CD, CD/DVD-A/V, downloadable (in both lossy & lossless) as well as graphic novels & even a full print version too.

There is a 2-track sampler available for free download as well on the Opus Productions website.

More information at TheVicar.com

The Vicar - Songbook #1

2. Stick Men – Deep

Neil's take: A power trio comprising of Tony Levin, Pat Mastellotto & Markus Reuter, this also features fully lossless 5.1 & stereo mixes at 24/96 resolution plus DTS 96/24 & LPCM stereo for DVD-V players and if that was not enough already, there is a special bonus film-come-documentary also included featuring live versions of various tracks from the album. Again, more news as I get it but I can honestly say we have had an awful lot of fun with both of these titles.

Available through Amazon.

Stickmen - Deep [Special Edition]

3. No Sound - Afterthoughts

Nosound's fourth official studio album Afterthoughts features a new line-up for the band and includes former Porcupine Tree member Chris Maitland on drums throughout. 

The 2-disc edition featuring the stereo mix of the album on CD plus a DVD-A/DVD-V (NTSC 16:9, Region Free) with stereo and 5.1 surround high resolution 24bit / 96kHz mixes, plus DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround versions. The first 500 pre-orders of the album from the Kscope store will receive a bonus CD featuring instrumental versions of all the tracks on the album. 

Also available through Amazon.

Nosound - Aftertrhoughts  
Nosound - Afterthoughts
2-disc edition including DVD-A/DVD-V

4. Hawkwind – Warrior on the Edge of Time [DVD-A/V]

Neil says: Featuring new stereo & 5.1 mixes by multiple Grammy-nominated Steven Wilson and also a flat analogue transfer of the original stereo mix, all at 24/96 resolution, this long awaited update to Hawkwind's seminal 1975 release is out on Esoteric Records in the UK. Content is in MLP Lossless, DTS-96/24, DD and LPCM.

Amazon quotes the press release: The expanded 3-disc deluxe remastered edition of Hawkwind s classic 1975 album, featuring the remastered version made from the original analogue master tapes PLUS 8 bonus tracks, five previously unreleased. Disc 2 features a new stereo mix by Porcupine Tree founder Steven Wilson made from the multi-track master tapes PLUS 5 bonus tracks, two previously unreleased. The DVD features a new 5.1 surround mix by Steven Wilson and a 24-bit flat transfer of the original 1975 stereo master tapes.

Besides this Expanded Edition there is also a Super Deluxe Box Set. The clamshell box packaging includes a booklet with photos, memorabilia and an essay.

Hawkwind - Warrior on the Edge of Time [Expanded Edition]   Hawkwind - Warrior on the Edge of Time [Super Deluxe Box Set]
Expanded Edition
Super Deluxe Box Set

More titles are coming up, including this:

Blackfield IV - new release on DVD-A/V out on K-Scope August 26, 2013. This is the first Blackfield studio album to get the full 5.1 treatment.

Israel’s leading counter-culture rock musician Aviv Geffen returns with Steven Wilson and other special guests Brett Anderson (Suede), Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev) & Vincent Cavanagh (Anathema) for the new studio album.

Blackfield was started by Aviv and Steven in 2001 and have previously released the critically acclaimed albums Blackfield (2004), Blackfield II (2007) and 2011’s Welcome To My DNA.
Since Welcome To My DNA, Geffen’s profile has continued to rise and Aviv has worked with legendary producers Tony Visconti and Trevor Horn, played live with U2 and Placebo, and has been a judge on the Israeli TV show, The Voice.

Aviv contributed the writing and vocals on Blackfield IV, with Steven Wilson – who also mixed the album into stereo and 5.1 surround sound – adding guitar and vocal parts. The new album includes guest vocal performances from Brett Anderson (Suede), Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev) and Vincent Cavanagh (Anathema).

The album is available on double vinyl and as a 2 disc set. The limited 2 disc digi-book edition includes a DVD-A-V featuring the surround mix presented in MLP Lossless & DTS 96/24 and a 24-bit stereo mix presented in MLP Lossless & LPCM.

Blackfield - IV

For an overview of titles you may have missed in 2012, here's a round-up.

 

November 24

They're taking it slow but well over a year and a half since Moving Pictures was reissued on CD + DVD-Audio and CD + Blu-ray Disc (see below, March last year), Rush' album 2112 got the remastering treatment and gets reissued on those same formats. December 18 (just in time for Christmas) both will be released – the CD + DVD-Audio in the same type of digipack like the previous album, but the CD + BD-Audio as part of a deluxe package that also contains a comic book.

Rush 2112 CD + DVD-Audio Rush 2112 Deluxe Edition Rush 2112 CD + Blu-ray Disc Audio collectors box set

And thus, 2012 is going to end again on a positive note for DVD-Audio.

 

October 4

After some DVD-Audio title announcements now some player releases: a number of DVD-Audio-compatible (universal) Blu-ray Disc players including:

The latter is Pioneer's typenumber for Japan and Europe. For North America Pioneer has yet to announced the equivalent product's type number.

Oppo BDP-105 universal disc player   Denon DBT-3313
     
Marantz UD7007   Pioneer BDP-450

The Oppo BDP-103 should follow shortly while the BDP-105 should be out by the end of 2012 or early 2013. The other brands' are already available for (pre)order. In the meantime you'll find all of these and many others in our Universal Disc Player overivew.

 

October 1

Good news, esepecially for fans of progressive rock: First of all the next remastered King Crimson album, Lark's Tongues in Aspic, will be issued by the end of this month (October 30) and is available for pre-order from Amazon and CD Japan. Latter site reports that the CD disc in the 2-disc package is an HQCD.

Moreover, since one week (September 25) two remastered Emerson, Lake & Palmer albums are available on DVD-Audio as part of similar deluxe editions: their eponymous album and Tarkus.

King Crimson - Lark's Tongues in Aspic (Deluxe edition) Emerson Lake & Palmer - self-titled album (Deluxe edition) EL&P - Tarkus (Deluxe edition)

 

July 10

Some recent hardware news we've been meaning to share: First of all, Denon's got a new universal Blu-ray Disc player: the DBT-1713UD. As can be expected, it plays Blu-ray Disc, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD and Red Book CD, plus probably a range of other flavors as well as various streaming formats. On the back we see no ananlog multichannel out (and no Denon Link either?) but we do find an HDMI port for high-resolution digital surround output. Suggested Retail Price is $499.99.

Denon DBT-1713UD Universal Disc Player

Where the rear panel of the Denon is rather sparse, that of the Primare BD32 universal BD player we reported on earlier this year turns out to be quite the opposite with a plethora of connections. The inside looks interesting, too. The Denon and the Primare are both listed in our overview of universal Blu-Ray Disc players.

Primare BD-32 Universal BD Player rear panel

In Japan meanwhile, JVC/Victor continues its line of compact universal DVD players (see previous models below) with the ES-X1000. Unlike most of those cases however, this time the player and AV receiver are not separate components but integrated in a single unit, bundled with a set of speakers. Stereo, not multichannel. There's a press release by the manufacturer and more coverage by AV Watch, both in Japanese.

JVC/Victor ES-X1000 Universal DVD Player

 

June 28

Swedish metal band Katatonia have released a new DVD-Audio/Video album -- their fourth one, apparently. It's titled Dead End Kings, is part of a Special Edition CD package and is available from Amazon Germany. Hopefully soon also from Amazon UK and other outlets including our own store.

Neil Wilkes writes: "A new DVD-A/V title from Katatonia, entitled "Dead End Kings", is scheduled forrelease on August 27th. Featuring 5.1 mixes from Jens Bogren (who also did their last 3 albums) in MLP Lossless & DTS with 24-bit LPCM this is to be released on the Peaceville imprint & full details can be found at deadendkings.com as well as being available for pre-order at Burning Shed in a limited deluxe edition. Should be great!"

Katatonia - Dead End Kings (Special Edition CD+DVD-Audio)

 

May 22

The live album we wrote about below is ready. King Crimson's Live in Argentina 1994 is now listed on Amazon.

Neil Wilkes, who authored the discs, writes: Featuring the live line-up known as the "double trio", this set is the full performances from 8 October 1994 in Argentina, and now available from DGM Live shop. We think this is a first, as not only do you get each show (Matinee & Evening performances) in their entirity with LPCM stereo & Quad DTS at full bitrate, but there is also an MLP Lossless stream of each show in full resolution too.

To quote from the website... As any fan fortunate enough to have seen the double trio lineup will tell you – even by King Crimson’s high standards – this was a spectacular live band. While a return of King Crimson had been planned as early as 1990, it was only in 1992 that the idea of a double trio line-up emerged as the ideal and it took until 1994 to get all the necessary musicians and plans sufficiently in place. The new band recorded the mini album “VROOOM” in the Spring of 1994 and, following further rehearsals in the summer and early autumn, performed a series of concerts in Argentina, including a run of shows at Teatro Broadway, Buenos Aires in October. This 2 disc set features a full matinee and evening concert from that venue. Taking in material from as far back as 1972, with pieces from “Larks’ Tongues in Aspic”, the title track from 1974’s “Red”, songs and instrumentals from each of the 1980s album trilogy and new material from VROOOM and THRAK (which was recorded soon after these gigs), the shows present a band with an abundance of material old & new, eager to perform and with the full support of an audience ready to celebrate King Crimson’s return to the stage.

King Crimson - Live in Argentina 1994 DVD-Audio  

Disc 1:

  • VROOOM
  • Coda: Marine 475
  • Frame by Frame
  • Sex, Sleep, Eat, Drink, Dream
  • Red
  • One Time
  • B’Boom
  • THRAK
  • Improv:Two Sticks
  • Elephant Talk
  • Indiscipline
  • VROOOM, VROOOM
  • Matte Kudasai
  • The Talking Drum
  • Larks’ Tongues in Aspic: Part II
  • Heartbeat
  • Sleepless

Disc 2:

  • VROOOM
  • Coda Marine 475
  • Frame by Frame
  • Sex, Sleep, Eat, Drink, Dream
  • Red
  • One Time
  • B’Boom
  • THRAK
  • Improv : Two Sticks
  • Elephant Talk
  • Indiscipline
  • VROOOM VROOOM
  • Matte Kudasai
  • The Talking Drum
  • Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part II
  • Discipline
  • Heartbeat
  • Sleepless
  • Coda Marine 475

Robert Fripp - Guitar, Soundscapes,
Adrian Belew - Guitar, Voice, Words
Tony Levin - Upright & Electric Basses, Backing Vocals
Trey Gunn - Stick, Backing Vocals
Bill Bruford & Pat Mastelotto - Acoustic & Electronic Percussions

The audio/video section of each disc is playable in DTS 4-channel surround or LPCM stereo.

Fans with DVD-A players can access an additional audio disc layer with full MLP Lossless sound.

Amazon adds: Packaging as per 40th anniversary series with gatefold digipak, booklet with sleeve-notes, technical notes & photos in slipcase.

 

March 8

More King Crimson DVD-Audio discs are on the way. Neil Wilkes of Opus Productions writes that in 2012 from their "Collectors Club" series there will be a DVD-Audio/Video release with full Matinee and Evening performances, recorded in Argentina, 1994; one disc per show. The video section will contain LPCM stereo and DTS 4.0 while the high-resolution audio-only section will hold the complete show in MLP lossless. As far as we know it's a first to have a full concert on DVD-Video with the audio in high-resolution. More on each of these three upcoming releases closer to date.

 

February 18

A long overdue update on news from the past period; first of all title news:

One album has received the multichannel remastering treatment and appeared on DVD-Audio for the first time: Quadrophenia by The Who. 8 tracks have been remastered in glorious 24/96 5.1 surround. Unfortunately, this disc is only available as part of a Super Deluxe Edition box set.

The Who - Quadrophenia Super Deluxe Edition box set

The other one is also part of a multi-disc package but a simple CD+DVD: A Scarcity of Miracles by Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins - 'A King Crimson Projekct'. This is a new album that was first released in 2011.

JFC - Scarcity of Miracles CD+DVD-Audio

On the hardware side, Japan Victor Company (JVC) has introduced the XV-A300 DVD-Audio/Video player which together with the RX-A300 integrated amplifier and SX-WD300 speaker system forms the EX-A300 set. Only in Japan, of course... Press release by the manufacturer and more coverage by AV Watch, in Japanese.

Victor XV-A300 DVD-Audio/Video player

A DVD-Audio player that's available more or less worldwide is this new universal Blu-ray Disc player by Primare, the BD32.

Primare BD32 Universal BD/DVD-A player

October 20

More hardware news, with a sad recurring theme: Only in Japan... We reported earlier about the Victor XV-A250. The company has in the past week announced two successors: The EX-A200 set (consisting of SX-WD200 speaker system, RX-A200 integrated amplifier and XV-A200 DVD-Audio/Video player) and the very similar looking EX-A150 (similarly consisting of SX-WD150, RX-A150 and XV-A150 components). The latter is available in silver as well as champaign (EX-A150-N)

Victor XV-A200 DVD-Audio/Video player

September 11

Not entirely surprisingy, at CEDIA 2011 Pioneer has launched a pair of Elite brand Universal BD players, likely equivalents of the two European models announced at IFA a week ago (see below) judging by the specifications. The American models are called Pioneer Elite BDP-52FD and BDP-53FD. The BDP-140 has also made its way to the other side of the pond. SRP is $499, $399 (and a mere $199) for the respective players.

Pioneer Elite BDP-53FD

 

September 4

Hardware news from Pioneer at IFA 2011: In the DVD era before Blu-ray Disc, Pioneer had always been offering universal DVD-Video/DVD-Audio/SACD players about as long as these formats have been around. As recently as last year, Pioneer has launched universal DVD players and home theater systems, but so far their Blu-ray Disc player range had been completely disjointed from this compatibility, offering only DVD-V, CD-DA, VCD and such. This year that has finally been corrected. At the 2011 IFA, Pioneer has announced two Universal BD players: the BDP-LX55 and BDP-440. (There's a third model, BDP-140, already available, that supports SACD but no DVD-Audio.)

Both will play Blu-ray 3D, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio SACD and CD discs plus FLAC, MKV, DivX Plus HD, WMV, WMA and MP3 files. Other new features include PQLS and double gold-plated HDMI ports on the BDP-LX55. Also available is a free Pioneer iControl AV2 app to control both players.

Pioneer BDP-LX55

The BDP-440 will be out in October, the BDP-LX55 in November.

 

August 14

The two new King Crimson album reissues we reported below, Discipline and Starless and Bible Black are now available for pre-order from Amazon. They'll be released October 11, 2011. All seven albums released or announced thus far you'll find here.

King Crimson - Discipline 40th anniversary edition CD+DVD-Audio King Crimson - Starless and Bible Black 40th anniversary edition CD+DVD-Audio

July 31

The next two King Crimson titles in the 40th Anniversary series are in production. Neil Wilkes writes: The next 2 in the series will be "Discipline" & "Starless and Bible Black". Once again, these will feature brand new 5.1 and stereo mixes by Steven Wilson - who's first grammy must be a matter of time now, surely - and the much loved original stereo on the 30th anniversary edition masters all in 24/96 resolution. In addition, "Discipline" has a plethora of extras, including the original rough mixes in the originally planned running order (absolutely fascinating to hear these), plus a selection of out-takes, alternate versions & some footage from the BBC's "Old Grey Whistle Test".

"Starless & Bible Black" also has the new 5.1 & stereo mixes by steven, as well as the 30th anniversary master of the original mix. Bonus content here is a selection of various material, including live tracks recorded in Zurich 1973 and an assortment of alternate takes, rarities and promotional material.

These discs will be crammed to the rafters, with all content in MLP Lossless, DTS and 24-bit LPCM and no Dolby Digital in sight anywhere - as it should be for a music release.

In hardware news, there's a new universal Blu-ray Disc/DVD player from Yamaha that supports DVD-Audio as well as DVD-Video. It's the Aventage BD-A1010, successor to the BD-A1000 from 2010. MSRP is $499.95. Here is a complete list of such players.

Yamaha Aventage BD-A1010 Universal BD/DVD-Audio/Video player

In Japan, we also still see compact HiFi sets with DVD-Audio coming to market, like this Victor EX-AR9.

Victor EX-AR9 DVD-Audio/Video Player

Why only in Japan? We don't know. Perhaps because this is Victor, the domestic brand of what's globally known as JVC (Japan Victor Company), just like the one we saw several months ago (see January coverage below). Here's the press release (in Japanese, via AV Watch).

 

June 29

Correction: the Caravan DVD advertised above and reported below is not a DVD-Audio disc as it does not contain a high-resolution multichannel PCM track. In fact it does not even contain a DTS track: the only surround sound is encoded in Dolby Digital. Apologies for our mistake, but shame on Universal for making such poor decisions.

June 28

Several new albums have been released on DVD-Audio in recent months. Here's an overview.

First of all, since having completed five remasters of King Crimson albums, Steven Wilson from Porcupine Tree has turned his attention to British progressive rock band Caravan. He has remastered and remixed their album In the land of grey and pink in stereo and 5.1, both of which you can find in high-resolution PCM on the DVD-Audio that's part of the 3-disc 40th anniversary edition. Out as of June 7, and reviewed here (sadly only the stereo portion).

Caravan - In the Land of Grey and Pink 40th anniversary edition including 5.1 DVD-Audio

Wilson is also responsible for the 5.1 mix of We're here because we're here by Anathema, a British rock band that nowadays are often considered prog rock.The DVD features both Advanced Resolution (MLP) streams and DTS streams. There is a full (independent) review - sadly only talking about the stereo mix - at Adequacy.net indie music reviews. The 5.1 DVD-Audio is part of a 3-disc package with a CD and a 7-inch, wrapped in a nice 7" gatefold sleeve/'bookshelf' type package. On K-Scope records. More Anathema music here.

Anathema - "We're Here because we're here" incl 5.1 DVD-Audio

Felonious Bosch have also released an album on DVD-Audio. Steve Clarke of Minnetonka Audio Software writes in the DVD-Audio group on LinkedIn: "I am very happy to let you all know that the Felonious Bosch has released it's DVD-Audio disc of Toybox. ... A giant thank you to the fabulous Neil Wilkes who authored the DVD-Audio disc. Neil has authored DVD-A's for Porcupine Tree, King Crimson and many others. ... His work is excellent and needs to be experienced first hand if you have not done so already. "

Felonious Bosch - Toybox DVD-Audio

Lastly, Rwandan world music artist Dorothee Munyaneza has released a self-titled first album as a DVD-A/CD double pack which includes 5.1 versions in MLP high-resolution, dts 96/24 and Dolby Digital, Stereo LPCM and a dvd-rom folder of pre-diced mp3 versions with embedded artwork, desktop wallpaper and web links plus several extras. Label Luminary Records, 'a newly-established high-resolution surround music label based in London', wanted to emphasize the surround and high resolution content over the CD hence the way it is written.

This is a glorious record, and they also put out a 2-track teaser recently as a try-before-buy deal. Both this and the full record are available through the label as well as Amazon (UK), where there are already some very favorable reviews up.

Dorothee Munyaneza on DVD-Audio

 

March 5

Even in 2011 we continue to see DVD-Audio releases. Candian progressive rockers Rush are about to reissue their album Moving Pictures in the form of a 30th anniversary deluxe edition, or in fact two. One consists of a CD and a DVD-Audio, the other holds the same content on a CD and an (audio-only) Blu-ray Disc. The DVD and BD will feature a new 5.1-channel mix of the album presented in 24-bit 96 kHz PCM, DTS 5.1 and Dolby Digital as well as a high-resolution stereo PCM mix.

Rush - 'Moving Pictures' 30th anniversary deluxe edition

Both sets are scheduled for release next month (April 5) and available through Amazon (pre-order).

 

January 14

New DVD-Audio players still get developed and released, basically in the form of upmarket DVD-Video players and universal Blu-ray Disc players. The former type are getting rare but occasionally they still show up, like this beautiful and compact Victor (JVC) XV-A250 player (equipped with a convenient USB port), which together with receiver RX-A250 and a nice pair of speakers SX-WD250 forms the EX-A250 system (see press release and coverage, in Japanese) . It appears to be for the Japan market exclusively though.

JVC Victor XV-A250 DVD-Audio player, part of EX-A250 system

The other type we see more and more. In recent hardware news, the following models have been announced or even introduced:

All of them are now added to the Universal BD Player page.

 


September 29

We're on Twitter now. We'll use it to announce news updates and perhaps interesting postings from the forum. We may also retweet relevant stuff from others. You can subscribe to our tweet feed here.

DVD-A.net on Twitter

 


September 26

Oppo has announced the BDP-93 -- a brand new universal Blu-ray Disc player that, like all its predecessors, plays DVD-Audio. Other, new features include: Blu-ray 3D playback, streaming of Netflix and other network services, Wireless-N networking, dual HDMI outputs, dual USB ports and an eSATA port. It's Oppo's fourth universal BD player, or their fifth if we include the modified NuForce edition of the previous flagship model. Either way, it brings the total number of such players to 19. Here is a quick rundown.

Oppo BDP-83SE NuForce edition

 


September 25

Following the first batch of King Crimson 40th Anniversary Editions last year (see post below), next month we'll get the second installment, with a fourth and fifth album reissued on DVD-Audio, remastered and remixed in full 5.1-channel: Islands and In the Wake of Poseidon. Both reissues consists of a CD and a DVD-Audio disc, where the CD contains the new mix of the album plus several bonus tracks, and the DVD-Audio disc contains the original mix in high-resolution stereo PCM, the new mix in high-res stereo PCM, and the new multichannel mix in MLP lossless surround sound as well as DTS 5.1. They'll be released October 12, 2010.

King Crimson - Islands King Crimson - In the Wake of Poseidon

 


November 10

Today sees the release of a DVD-Audio title again. The first one in a while, and it's been in the making even longer. In the Court of the Crimson King, recorded 40 years ago, was supposed to be released on multichannel SACD 10 years ago but got canned. Now there's the 40th Anniversary Edition released today. The Deluxe package contains a CD and a DVD-Audio disc. This 5.1 mix was made by Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree with Robert Fripp, the founder of King Crimson, as executive producer. While at it, they've done the same for Red, reissued a month ago and Lizard, scheduled for January.

King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King King Crimson - Red King Crimson - Lizard

Is it possible we get two DVD-Audio releases in less than a month? Of course, but in this case there may be a mistake. Amazon.de lists a Tangerine Dream concert, Live at the London Astoria Theatre, to be released November 20, 2009, as DVD-Audio. Would Sony Music really issue a DVD-Audio title? The Sony Music site says so but we suspect it's actually a DVD-Video disc (just like this one: Live at the Tempodrome Berlin - September 21st 2006). Still, it could be interesting.

Tangerine Dream - Live at the London Astoria Theatre

Not yet available but announced today is a new piece of DVD-Audio-capable hardware, the Special Edition of the Oppo BDP-83. All enhancements are in analog audio processing, which is good news for DVD-Audio fans who use the 5.1/7.1 'RCA type' cinch outputs rather than the digital HDMI interconnect. This table explains the differences between the two models. The BDP-83SE will cost $400 more than the regular version, making it almost twice as expensive.

Oppo BDP-83SE Special Edition

 


May 6

There's a new DVD-Audio-compatible Blu-ray Disc player coming to market: the Oppo BDP-83. It's not the first one -- that was Panasonic's first-generation BD player DMP-BD10A -- but it we ignore HD-DVD then this will be the first universal disc player, supporting Blu-ray Disc, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD (SACD), CDDA and a range of standard variants.

Oppo BDP-83 universal disc player

 


December 19

The year is coming to an end so it's a good time to look back. What we see is that although new DVD-Audio titles have come out this year, the best-selling release through this site this year has been: Hell Freezes Over by The Eagles, which isn't even a DVD-Audio disc really -- it's a DTS-CD, also available as on DVD-Video with DTS soundtrack.

Hell Freezes Over - DTS-CD   Hell Freezes Over - DVD-Video   Eagles Farewell I Tour - Live from Melbourne (DVD-Video)
DTS-CD
DVD-Video with DTS
 
DVD-Video with DTS

If you like these items you may also be interested in Farewell I Tour - Live from Melbourne -- another DVD-Video, even available on HD-DVD. We foresee this performance will be released on Blu-ray Disc at some point in the future.

 


October 11

It's going to be almost a year since the second box came out (that was on November 20, 2007) but on November 11, 2008 the third and final box of Genesis' remastered albums will be released: Genesis 1970-1975. The set covers the earliest period and consists of 13 CDs and DVDs. The latter contain 5.1-channel remixes. The following albums are included:

  • Trespass
  • Nursery Cryme
  • Foxtrot
  • Selling England By The Pound
  • The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway

The DVDs each contain the whole album mixed in Dolby Digital 5.1 and 96-kHz/24-bit DTS, as well as video bonus-material. We know, this is not real DVD-Audio but it's still awesome! There is a bonus disc with non-album material. There is an SACD version too (released outside of the US).

Genesis 1970-1975 CD/DVD box set

You can find the box on the Genesis page in our Music Store.

 


July 1

The discs may not be new but they're very much sought after and they're currently available again: the soundtracks of all three Lord of the Rings movies:

  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Two Towers
  • The Return of the King

The Fellowship of the Ring OST The Two Towers OST The Return of the King OST

Each deluxe package consists of multiple CDs plus a DVD-Audio disc containing the film score in surround sound. Check the Soundtrack section of our music store.

 


April 1

R.E.M.'s new album, Accelerate, is out now. There may be no DVD-Audio version of this album but there is a special CD+DVD package that features a 64-page book and the Vincent Moon film 6 Days (which includes behind-the-scenes footage and performance pieces of various songs on the album) plus two bonus tracks "Red Head Walking" and "Airliner."

R.E.M.'s Accelerate CD+DVD package

For R.E.M.'s collection of DVD-Audio albums click here or check our music store.

 


March 30

Last year, most of Genesis' albums were remastered and reissued in the form of two box sets, "Genesis 1976-1982" and "Genesis 1983-1998". Only the box set of the earliest years is yet to follow, some time this year. In Europe and some other parts of the world this was done using the SACD format but not in North America, like with other reissues (such as the Depeche Mode albums). Now Rhino has the same high-resolution 5.1-channel mixes and released them as CD+DVD sets. The DVDs aren't DVD-Audio discs but they do contain 24-bit 96 kHz DTS Surround sound, making them playable on regular DVD players.

Genesis 1983-1998 box set

Check our Music Store or go directly to the Genesis page.

 


March 10

Amazon Germany has some special offers for 'High Definition' music: an interesting selection of DVD-Audio titles (plus quite a few SACDs) with prices reduced by several euros.

 


March 4

A major artist enters the DVD-Audio fray today: Ringo Starr! Check the Top Picks in our music store for his 'Ringo in 5.1' album or just click on the cover below.

'Ringo in 5.1' DVD-Audio album

 


February 29

Welcome to DVD-A.net. At this site we aim to provide as much relevant information as possible about the DVD-Audio format -- about the standard and the hardware but above all about the music.

Although DVD-Audio has been around for a while this site is still fresh so please have some patience and check back frequently. In the meantime, we're open for business! Visit our DVD-Audio store. The shop is not complete yet but we've got a substantial number of DVD-Audio titles covered.

In the near future we aim to add an overview of (available) DVD-Audio players i.e. hardware, plus perhaps a list of suitable AV Receivers. Do check back. If you want to bookmark or share this page just click the button at the bottom.

 





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