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October 15

As reported below, Sony announced its first truly universal disc player, the UHP-H1, earlier this year at CES – Sony's first-ever player to support DVD-Audio in addition to Blu-ray Disc, DVD-Video, SACD and CD-DA.. Shortly afyrt CES however, a new optical disc format was launched – Ultra HD Blu-ray – so now, the definition of 'universal' has changed. The first Ultra HD Blu-ray players by Samsung, Panasonic and Philips focused on video playback. Although the Panasonic DMP-UB900 has some good audio features including DSD playback and analog multichannel outputs, none of these players supported SACD or DVD-Audio.

All this changed at CEDIA: Sony unveiled its UBP-X1000ES while Oppo Digital did the same with its UDP-203. Both players can handle the complete range of disc formats including Ultra HD Blu-ray, BD 3D, regular BD, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, SACD and CD-DA.

The Sony UBP-X1000ES looks just like the UHP-H1, but a lot more has been added than merely the triple-layer format with 66 and 100GB capacities: It also features Quad DSD processing, RS-232C, IP control, an IEC power cord and more to appral to the Tier-1 CE segment. In fact, the player will only be available through Sony-certified retailers and custom installers. It may not look like the ES Series of old but it does come with 3-year warranty. It will be available from Q1 2017.

The Oppo unit will be available sooner: "late 2016", according to the company. This player, with a custom-developed MediaTek processor, will be the first UHD BD player to support Dolby Vision HDR in addition to the mandatory HDR10. It will also have 7.1-channel analog outputs.

October 2

Yes' Tales From Topographic Oceans is the fifth in a series of remixed and expanded Yes albums featuring 5.1 and stereo mixes by Steven Wilson. Like previous reissues, the album comes in a Digipak case (inside a slipcase). This one contains 2 CDs and 2 DVD-Audio discs, plus a booklet featuring new sleeve notes by Sid Smith, rare photos and archive material, and elements of new interviews with Jon Anderson, Steve Howe and Alan White. The original artwork was expanded, restored and approved by Roger Dean.

The album has been mixed for 5.1 Surround Sound from the original studio masters and fully approved by the band. The 2 DVD-As (Region 0, NTSC) feature:

  • a 5.1 DTS Mix and High-Resolution Stereo mixes for DVD-Video (and DVD-Audio) players
  • a 5.1 Lossless audio mix (24bit 96khz) for DVD-Audio players
  • the 2016 Steven Wilson album mix in Hi-Res stereo
  • the original album mix in a hi-res flat transfer from the original stereo master tape source.

The CD bonus tracks include five single edits and an alternative Dance Of The Dawn.

At this moment, the DVD-Audio edition is not yet listed on Amazon but it can be found on Burning Shed. What is listed on Amazon is the Blu-ray Disc edition. This consists of 3 CDs and 1 Blu-ray Disc (Region 0, NTSC) which contains an even greater wealth of material:

  • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Surround (24bit/96khz) mixed from the original multi-channel recordings.
  • the new stereo album mix in DTS-HD Master Audio (24bit/96khz).
  • the original album mix in a DTS-HD Master Audio flat transfers from the original master tape source. (24bit/192khz), probably the earliest master of the original mix to be issued in the digital era. (This master was also used for the original stereo on the CDs).
  • full alternative album featuring: sides 1 and 3 from the 2003 Rhino CD, previously unreleased studio run-through of Side 2 and previously unreleased live version of Side 4.
  • exclusive needle-drop of an original UK vinyl pressing transferred in 24bit/96khz audio and US branded promo pressing.
  • exclusive instrumental versions of all new mixes in DTS-HD Master Audio stereo (24bit/96khz).
  • 2016 stereo and 5.1 remix of Dance of the Dawn plus 5 single edits (stereo only) all mixed from multi-track by Steven Wilson.

Both editions will be released October 7.

July 22

Steven Wilson has completed two more album remixes in King Crimson's 40th Anniversary series – Beat and Three of a Perfect Pair raise the number to twelve.

Beat, the follow-up to Discipline, was originally released in 1982. The album has been mixed for 5.1 Surround Sound from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson and is fully approved by Crimson founder Robert Fripp. The CD features a completely new stereo album mix by Robert Fripp and Steven Wilson plus a studio version of the otherwise unreleased track Absent Lovers. The DVD-A features a 5.1 DTS Mix and High Resolution Stereo mixes. Also included on the DVD-A: a 5.1 Lossless audio mix and Lossless Stereo mixes; both the original album mix and the new album mix in High Resolution stereo; the complete album in rough mix form dating from the time of the original sessions; performances featured on German TV live from The Alabamahalle nnd the original, rarely seen, promo film for Heartbeat.

Three of a Perfect Pair, originally released in 1984, is the final part of the trilogy begun with Discipline and Beat. Also this album has been mixed for 5.1 Surround Sound from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson and is fully approved by Crimson founder Robert Fripp. The CD features a completely new stereo album mix by Robert Fripp and Steven Wilson additional studio tracks mixed by the duo. The DVD-A features a 5.1 DTS Mix and High Resolution Stereo mixes. Also included on the DVD-A: a 5.1 Lossless audio mix and Lossless Stereo mixes; both the original album mix and the new album mix in High Resolution stereo; additional tracks from the 30th Anniversary edition plus the promo video for Sleepless.

Both albums will be reissued by DGM as Deluxe two-disc edition, each containing a CD + DVD-Audio (NTSC,/Region 0). Furthermore, SW's site mentions that all material on both titles will be a part of a forthcoming King Crimson boxed set titled On and Off The Road 1981-1984, also due for release in October 2016.

May 6

At the beginning of this century, fairly soon after the first DVD-Audio/Video players were launched, universal players that supported SACD as well came to market, pioneered by companies like the aptly named Pioneer. By the end of the decade, we got Universal Blu-ray Disc players that handled all of the above formats. There have always been holdouts however – Panasonic never supported SACD (although they recently have started featuring DSD) and Sony never supported DVD-Audio. Until now, that is. Some 17 years after the format’s launch, Sony releases an almost universal disc player, the UHP-H1. Close-up pictures of the back panel confirm DVD-Audio/Video compatibility, a first for the company. Times have changed and evidently Sony acts more pragmatically.

Besides a wide range of disc formats the premium A/V player supports a large selection of audio codecs, wireless networking protocols and video streaming services. The Sony UHP-H1 is available now.

  

April 26

Jethro Tull’s Aqualung album is reissued in a 2CD+2DVD box set similar to the reissues of Too old to rock 'n' roll, too young to die and Minstrel in the Gallery.

Aqualung was actually the first Jethro Tull album remixed by Steven Wilson and was originally re-released as a 40th Anniversary package in 2011. This more accessible release features the remixes as Steven delivered them and a flat transfer of the EP Life is a Long Song.

Three additional tracks - Just Trying To Be, Wind Up (early version) & Wond’ring Aloud, Again (full Morgan version) are now available as 5.1 mixes. Two of the tracks Life Is A Long Song & Up The Pool have never previously been available on CD in this form.

The second DVD is a DVD-Video disc. It contains the 1971 Life Is A Long Song promotional film with new remixed stereo soundtrack.

Also included with the 40th Anniversary Edition is an 80-page booklet with articles and photos.

November 1

A year after Benefit and half a year after Minstrel in the Galley (see below), Jethro Tull's Too old to rock 'n' roll, too you to die now also gets reissued, having been remixed in 5.1 by Steven Wilson. Like the Minstrel reissue, this edition consists of 2 CDs and 2 DVDs. Bonus content includes:

  • An unreleased, alternate version of the album recorded for a British TV special and remixed by Steven Wilson
  • Bonus tracks (18 previously unreleased), all mixed to 5.1 surround and stereo by Steven Wilson
  • Flat transfer of the original LP mix at 96/24
  • A case-bound book with an 80-page booklet with an extensive history of the album, track-by-track annotations by Ian Anderson, plus rare and unseen photographs

The new box set will be available from November 27.

October 27

A new Prog Rock reissue in 5.1 by Steven Wilson: Gentle Giant's Octopus. It's the band second album he's taken on. As opposed to the previous one (The Power and the Glory; see below), which was offered in a choice of DVD or Blu-ray Disc, this one is only issued on BD (bundled with a CD, of course). Yet, it only seems appropriate to list it here. Bonus content consists of a 16 minute live track, and on the BD a flat transfer of the original 1972 mix plus instrumental mixes. Release date is October 30.

September 25

In 2006 , Sir George Martin with his son Giles made new high-resolution PCM transfers of all Beatles multi-track master tapes and remixed them into a fantastic magamix, blending together bits and pieces from the entire reportoire into a whole new creation of 80 minutes called Love. The compilation, in 5.1-channel audio and stereo, was released on DVD-Audio (bundled with a CD that's 2 minutes shorter).

Now, nine years later, at Abbey Road Studios Giles Martin and Sam Okell (with support from Jeff Lynne and Steve Jay) have given the multi-channel high-resolution treatment to the '1' compilation album from 2000, which contains all 27 number-one hits as full tracks.

The new reissues come in eight variants, some of which include a disc with all associated music videos, which have been carefully restored in 4K from the original 35mm films. The '1+' Deluxe editions come with a second video disc containing 23 additional videos, a 124-page hardcover book and special packaging. The CD contains new stereo mixes; the audio on the video discs is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS (HD on the BD).

Release date for all versions is November 6. More details on Amazon.

August 17

Following on to the remixing of XTC's Nonsuch (see further below) and Drums & Wires, Steven Wilson has remixed XTC's album Oranges & Lemons in 5.1. In contrast to previous reissues however, this one will not get a DVD release, only a Blu-ray Disc + CD release, available through both Amazon US and UK.

June 4

Neil Wilkes of Opus Productions writes about the following promising news:

Apologies for not posting more since Februrary last year – we have been fantastically busy though with many titles out since then, including the following goodies:

  • Tears For Fears - Songs From The Big Chair (Box Set only)
  • Rick Wakeman - King Arthur
  • Rick Wakeman - 6 Wives of Henry VII
  • King Crimson - Live at The Orpheum
  • King Crimson - Starless Box Set, with 2 DVD-A/V and 2 Blu-ray as well as over 20CD included
  • Yes - Relayer
  • XTC - Drums And Wires
  • ELP - Trilogy
  • Simple Minds - Sparkle In The Rain
  • Andy Jackson - Signal to Noise
  • Rob Reed - Sanctuary

There are more, but for us the interesting part is that both UMGi & Sony BMG are putting out DVD-A/V hybrids again. I'll try to get some detailed posts done soon but time is short these days (which is of course a good thing, as I still believe a DVD-A/V hybrid is the most cost-effective way to put out high resolution & surround mixes - Yes, Blu-ray Disc gets us a lot more room on discs and the graphics are undoubtedly superior but it is a very expensive format to replicate because of the mandatory Copy Protection that doesn't work).

The Rob Reed one is a heartfelt tribute to Mike Oldfield's early work (Bells, Hergest Ridge & Ommadawn) and Andy Jackson is of course the mix engineer for Pink Floyd, and S2N is his first solo album – and very good it is too.

May 10

Following Benefit (see further below), Steven Wilson has remixed and remastered Jethro Tull's 1975 album Minstrel in the Gallery. The 40th anniversary edition double CD + double DVD boxset contains the original quad mixes and a Steven Wilson 5.1 remix in Dolby Digital and DTS on DVD. It's available as of this week.

One remix project which is planned for later this year is the classic 1972 debut album by Roxy Music. More on that later. In the meantime, here is a complete list of remix projectsSteven Wilson has done (including some albums yet to be released). He adds: "On a personal note, if you are a fan of great music in 5.1 surround, please allow me to point you towards the relatively less known XTC and Gentle Giant albums as being amongst my favourites on this list (music and mix)." See further below for more details.

January 18

If you're looking for replacement DVD-Audio cases, here may be the solution. Most DVD-Audio titles come in a 'Super Jewel Box'. This packaging is an improved version of the classic CD jewel case and comes in three sizes: 'standard', which is used with SACDs; 'king-size', which was used for DVD-Video for a while (in the early days; mostly for music titles) and 'plus-size', the intermediate dimension, which was chosen for DVD-Audio. There are not many places selling them but here's a vendor on Amazon offering them.

January 17

In the latest Steven Wilson reissue news, Simple Minds'Sparkle in the Rain gets a similar treatment like TFF's Songs from the Big Chair (see below). The album, produced by Steve Lillywhite, is the successor to New Gold Dream – one of two albums already issued on DVD-Audio years earlier; the other one is Once Upon a Time, the album that in turn was the successor to Sparkle in the Rain.

Steven Wilson has remixed the album in 5.1. , it's part of a five-disc super deluxe edition box set. The box reproduces the original artwork beutifully although the original designer, Malcolm Garrett of Assorted iMaGes, was not involved in the redesign. In this box you'll find:

  • CD 1: a re-master of the original album made at Abbey Road Studios by Andrew Walters and overseen by Charlie Burchill.
  • CD 2: a collection of extended mixes and B-sides, some issued on CD for the first time.
  • CD 3 and CD 4: a previously unreleased 13-track concert recorded live at Barrowland on 28th February 1984, plus a three-track BBC Radio 1 session from September 1983.
  • DVD-Audio/Video (NTSC, Region 0): the 5.1 surround sound mix, remixed from the multi-track master tapes by Steven Wilson, as well as a high-res stereo mix. The disc is finished off with the original promo videos, Top Of The Pops and Oxford Road Show performances of Waterfront, Speed Your Love To Me and Up On The Catwalk.

The multichannel mix is presented in three formats: Dolby Digital and DTS (compatible with all DVD-Video players) and MLP, only playable on DVD-Audio players. Extensive track details listed here.

The other editions are:

UPDATE: Amazon does list a stand-alone DVD-Audio release.

 

January 4

For what it's worth, here's the top 20 of best-selling discs through this site of 2014. A big thanks to everyone who visited this site, making it worthwhile to keep mainting it.

  1. King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King (Deluxe) [CD + DVD-Audio]
  2. Rush - Moving Pictures - Deluxe Edition [CD + DVD-Audio]
  3. Jethro Tull - Benefit (Deluxe) [2CD + DVD-Audio]
  4. Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Emerson, Lake and Palmer (Deluxe Edition) [2CD + DVD-Audio]
  5. Gentle Giant - The Power And The Glory [CD + DVD-Audio]
  6. The Eagles - Hotel California [DVD-Audio]
  7. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours [DVD-Audio]
  8. The Eagles - Hell Freezes Over [DTS-CD]
  9. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds [DVD-Audio]
  10. Yes - Close to the Edge [CD + DVD-Audio]
  11. The Beatles - Love [CD + DVD-Audio]
  12. Rush - 2112  [Deluxe Edition] [CD + DVD-Audio]
  13. Yes - Close to the Edge [Blu-ray]
  14. Rush - Snakes & Arrows [DVD-Audio]
  15. Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Tarkus (Deluxe Edition) [2CD + DVD-Audio]
  16. Gentle Giant - The Power And The Glory [CD + Blu-ray]
  17. Tears For Fears - Songs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition) [4CD + 2DVD]
  18. Genesis - 1983-1998 Box Set [5CD + 5DVD]
  19. Seal - Best 1991-2004 [DVD-Audio]
  20. The Doors - L.A. Woman [DVD-Audio]

October 1

Great news for those of us who are looking for more ever so scarce pop albums in multichannel: After building an impressive catalog of multichannel mixes of (mostly seventies) Prog Rock, and giving XTC the 5.1 treatment, Steven Wilson has now turned his attention to Tears For Fears' album Songs from the Big Chair. Steven Wilson says about this:

Following the announcement of the next Yes (official) and XTC remixed reissues, 2 more of my classic album remixes have been confirmed for release in November (a pretty expensive time if you like all these albums!)

My remix of Tears for Fears' iconic 80’s album “Songs From the Big Chair” is included on a 30th anniversary reissue, to be released by Universal Music Group on 4th November.

Songs from the Big Chair was one of the biggest albums of the 80’s, and particularly successful in the USA where it reached number one in the Billboard chart on its way to selling several million copies. It features two US number one singles, Shout and Everybody Wants to Rule the World, as well as 2 more hit singles Head Over Heels and Mother’s Talk.

It’s a brilliant record by a truly innovative 80’s band - both accessible and ambitious. The reissue will be available in several different formats including a stand-alone Blu-Ray and a comprehensive 6 disc deluxe edition with live tracks, singles, B-sides, TV/radio appearances, remixes, videos, and the original mix.

There will also be a vinyl edition of my new stereo mix. The new stereo and 5.1 mixes were overseen and approved by Roland Orzabal (and are included as flat transfers with no mastering).

The album reissue will be available on various formats in the following five configurations:

It's not exactly clear what's in the 2-disc edition but from the details provided it seems it's a double CD, not a CD+DVD-Audio like we've often seen with reissues of for instance Rush or King Crimson. That would mean the DVD-Audio is only available as part of the 6-disc Super Deluxe Edition Box Set but this is favorably priced, also in the US but especially in the UK (£37.99)

The same 5.1 mix in 24/96 PCM, DTS and Dolby Digital as well as the stereo transfer in high-resolution are included on the Blu-ray Disc edition, which is issued as as stand-alone product – at least in Europe; Amazon US doesn't list it yet. It's part of Universal Music's High Fidelity Pure Audio (HFPA) BD program. Another first is that this is apparently Steven Wilson's first work for UMG.

The releases are due November 11. There's also an SHM-SACD of the album that came out recently but that's high-resolution stereo only.

Picture credit for DVD-Audio disc (right): superdeluxeedition.com

July 31

In his ongoing quest to remaster and remix every great prog rock album in history, Steven Wilson has this time turned his attention to Gentle Giant. The band's album The Power and the Glory is available since this week on CD + DVD-Audio and CD + Blu-ray Disc. These contain a high-resolution stereo and 5.1-channel mix plus several bonus contents.

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:

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.

March 3

In 2008, Universal Music announced a 35th Anniversary Edition of Emerson Lake and Palmer'sBrain 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.

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.

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 Jethro 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.

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.

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)

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 Edgeby 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

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.

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 - 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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

 

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!"

 

May 22

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

 

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 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.

On the hardware side, Japan Victor Company (JVC) has introduced the XV-A300DVD-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.

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

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)

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.

 

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.

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

DVD-Audio (commonly abbreviated as DVD-A) is a digital format for delivering high-fidelity audio content on a DVD. DVD-Audio uses most of the storage on the disc for high-quality audio and is not intended to be a video delivery format. DVD-Audio has much higher audio quality than video DVDs containing concert films or music videos.

The first discs entered the marketplace in 2000. DVD-Audio was in a format war with Super Audio CD (SACD), and along with consumers' tastes tending towards downloadable music, these factors meant that neither high-quality disc achieved considerable market penetration; DVD-Audio has been described as "extinct" by 2007.[5]

Audio specifications[edit]

DVD-Audio offers many possible configurations of audio channels, ranging from single-channel mono to 5.1-channel surround sound, at various sampling frequencies and sample rates.[6] (The ".1" denotes a Low-frequency effects channel (LFE) for bass and/or special audio effects.)

Compared to the Compact Disc, the much higher capacity DVD format enables the inclusion of either:

  • Considerably more music (with respect to total running time and quantity of songs) or
  • Encoding at higher linear sampling rates and more bits-per-sample, and/or
  • Additional channels for spatial sound reproduction.

Audio on a DVD-Audio disc can be stored in many different bit depth/sampling rate/channel combinations:

 16-, 20- or 24-bits per sample
44.1 kHz48 kHz88.2 kHz96 kHz176.4 kHz192 kHz
Mono (1.0)YesYesYesYesYesYes
Stereo (2.0)YesYesYesYesYesYes
Stereo (2.1)YesYesYesYesNoNo
Stereo + mono surround (3.0 or 3.1)YesYesYesYesNoNo
Quad (4.0 or 4.1)YesYesYesYesNoNo
3-stereo (3.0 or 3.1)YesYesYesYesNoNo
3-stereo + mono surround (4.0 or 4.1)YesYesYesYesNoNo
Full surround (5.0 or 5.1)YesYesYesYesNoNo
Optical discs

Optical media types

  • Compact disc (CD): CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, 5.1 Music Disc, Super Audio CD (SACD), Photo CD, CD Video (CDV), Video CD (VCD), Super Video CD (SVCD), CD+G, CD-Text, CD-ROM XA, CD-i
  • DVD: DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL, DVD-R DS, DVD+R DS, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-D, DVD-A, HVD, EcoDisc
  • Blu-ray Disc (BD): BD-R & BD-RE, Ultra HD Blu-ray
  • Blu-ray 3D
  • Universal Media Disc (UMD)
  • Enhanced Versatile Disc (EVD)
  • Forward Versatile Disc (FVD)
  • Holographic Versatile Disc (HVD)
  • China Blue High-definition Disc (CBHD)
  • HD DVD: HD DVD-R, HD DVD-RW, HD DVD-RAM
  • High-Definition Versatile Multilayer Disc (HD VMD)
  • VCDHD
  • GD-ROM
  • Personal Video Disc (PVD)
  • MiniDisc (MD), Hi-MD
  • LaserDisc (LD), LD-ROM, LV-ROM
  • Video Single Disc (VSD)
  • Ultra Density Optical (UDO)
  • Stacked Volumetric Optical Disk (SVOD)
  • Five dimensional disc (5D DVD)
  • Nintendo optical disc (NOD)
  • Archival Disc
  • Professional Disc

Different bit depth/sampling rate/channel combinations can be used on a single disc. For instance, a DVD-Audio disc may contain a 96 kHz/24-bit 5.1-channel audio track as well as a 192 kHz/24-bit stereo audio track. Also, the channels of a track can be split into two groups stored at different resolutions. For example, the front speakers could be 96/24, while the surrounds are 48/20.

Audio is stored on the disc in Linear PCM format, which is either uncompressed or losslessly compressed with MLP (Meridian Lossless Packing).[1] The maximum permissible total bit rate is 9.6 Megabits per second. Channel/resolution combinations that would exceed this need to be compressed. In uncompressed modes, it is possible to get up to 96/16 or 48/24 in 5.1, and 192/24 in stereo. To store 5.1 tracks in 88.2/20, 88.2/24, 96/20 or 96/24 MLP encoding is mandatory.

If no native stereo audio exists on the disc, the DVD-Audio player may be able to downmix the 5.1-channel audio to two-channel stereo audio if the listener does not have a surround sound setup (provided that the coefficients were set in the stream at authoring). Downmixing can only be done to two-channel stereo, not to other configurations, such as 4.0 quad. DVD-Audio may also feature menus, text subtitles, still images and video, plus in high end authoring systems it is also possible to link directly into a Video_TS directory that might contain video tracks, as well as PCM stereo and other "bonus" features.

Player compatibility[edit]

With the introduction of the DVD-Audio format, some kind of backward compatibility with existing DVD-Video players was desired, although not required. To address this, most DVD-Audio discs also contain DVD-Video compatible data to play the standard DVD-Video Dolby Digital 5.1-channel audio track on the disc[7] (which can be downmixed to two channels for listeners with no surround sound setup). Many DVD-Video players also offer the option to create a Dolby MP matrix-encoded soundtrack for older surround sound systems lacking Dolby Digital or DTS decoding. Some discs also include a native Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo, and even a DTS 96/24 5.1-channel, audio track.[8]

Since the DVD-Audio format is a member of the DVD family, a single disc can have multiple layers, and even two sides that contain audio and video material. A common configuration is a single-sided DVD with content in both the DVD-Video (VIDEO_TS) and DVD-Audio (AUDIO_TS) directories. The high-resolution, Packed PCM audio encoded using MLP is only playable by DVD players containing DVD-Audio decoding capability. DVD-Video content, which can include LPCM, Dolby or DTS material, and even video, makes the disc compatible with all DVD players. Other disc configurations may consist of double layer DVDs (DVD-9) or two-sided discs (DVD-10, DVD-14 or DVD-18). Some labels have released two-sided DVD titles that contain DVD-Audio content on one side and DVD-Video content on the other, the Classic Records HDAD being one such example.

Unofficial playback of DVD-Audio on a PC is possible through freewareaudio playerfoobar2000 for Windows using an open source plug-in extension called DVDADecoder.[9]VLC media player has DVD-Audio support[10] Cyberlink's PowerDVD Version 8 provides an official method of playing DVD-Audio discs. This feature was dropped from version 9 onwards.[11] Creative also provide a dedicated DVD-Audio player with some of its Soundblaster Audigy and X-Fi cards.[12]

Preamplifier/surround-processor interface[edit]

In order to play DVD-Audio, a preamplifier or surround controller with six analog inputs was originally required.[13] Whereas DVD-Video audio formats such as Dolby Digital and DTS can be sent via the player's digital output to a receiver for conversion to analog form and distribution to speakers, DVD-Audio is not allowed to be delivered via unencrypted digital audio link at sample rates higher than 48 kHz (i.e., ordinary DVD-Video quality) due to concerns about digital copying.[13]

However, encrypted digital formats have now been approved by the DVD Forum, the first of which was Meridian Audio's MHR (Meridian High Resolution). The High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI 1.1) also allows encrypted digital audio to be carried up to DVD-Audio specification (6 × 24-bit/96 kHz channels or 2 × 24-bit/192 kHz channels). The six channels of audio information can thus be sent to the amplifier by several different methods:

  1. The 6 audio channels can be decrypted and extracted in the player and sent to the amplifier along 6 standard analog cables.
  2. The 6 audio channels can be decrypted and then re-encrypted into an HDMI or IEEE-1394 (FireWire) signal and sent to the amplifier, which will then decrypt the digital signal and then extract the 6 channels of audio. HDMI and IEEE-1394 encryption are different from the DVD-A encryption and were designed as a general standard for a high-quality digital interface. The amplifier has to be equipped with a valid decryption key or it won't play the disk.
  3. The third option is via the S/PDIF (or TOSLINK) digital interface. However, because of concerns over unauthorized copying, DVD-A players are required to handle this digital interface in one of the following ways:
    • Turn such an interface off completely. This option is preferred by the music publishers.
    • Downconvert the audio to a 2-channel 16-bit/48 kHz PCM signal. The music publishers are not enthusiastic about this because it permits the production of a CD-quality copy, something they still expect to sell, besides DVD-A.
    • Downconvert the audio to 2 channels, but keeping the original sample size and bit rate if the producer sets a flag on the DVD-A disc telling the player to do so.
  4. A final option is to modify the player, capturing the high resolution digital signals before they are fed to internal D/A converters and convert it to S/PDIF, giving full range digital (but only stereo) sound. There exist already do-it-yourself solutions for some players. There also exists an option to equip a DVD-A player with multiple S/PDIF outputs, for full resolution multichannel digital output.

Sound quality[edit]

Researchers in 2004 found no detectable difference in audio quality between DVD-A and SACD[14] (and subsequent research found no detectable difference in audio quality between SACD and CD).[15]

Format variants[edit]

Three of the major music labels, Universal Music, EMI and Warner Bros. Records, and several smaller audiophile labels (such as AIX Records, Claudio Records, DTS Entertainment and OgreOgress productions) have released or are continuing[when?] to release albums on DVD-Audio, but the number is minimal compared to standard CDs. New high-definition titles have been released in standard DVD-Video format (which can contain two-channel Linear PCM audio data ranging from 48 kHz/16-bit to 96 kHz/24-bit), "HDAD",[16] which includes a DVD-Video format recording on one side and DVD-Audio on the other, CD/DVD packages, which can include the album on both CD and DVD-Audio, or DualDisc, which can contain DVD-Audio content on the DVD side. In addition, some titles that had been initially released as a standalone DVD-Audio disc[17] were re-released as a CD/DVD package or as a DualDisc.

Copy protection[edit]

DVD-Audio discs may optionally employ a copy protection mechanism called Content Protection for Prerecorded Media (CPPM).[18] CPPM, managed by the 4C Entity, was designed to prevent users from extracting audio to computers and portable media players.

Because DVD-Video's content-scrambling system (CSS) was quickly broken, DVD-Audio's developers sought a better method of blocking unauthorized duplications. They developed CPPM, which uses a media key block (MKB) to authenticate DVD-Audio players. In order to decrypt the audio, players must obtain a media key from the MKB, which also is encrypted. The player must use its own unique key to decrypt the MKB. If a DVD-Audio player's decryption key is compromised, that key can be rendered useless for decrypting future DVD-Audio discs. DVD-Audio discs can also utilize digital watermarking technology developed by the Verance Corporation, typically embedded into the audio once every thirty seconds. If a DVD-Audio player encounters a watermark on a disc without a valid MKB, it will halt playback.[19] The 4C Entity also developed a similar specification, Content Protection for Recordable Media (CPRM), which is used on Secure Digital cards.

DVD-Audio's copy protection was overcome in 2005[19] by tools which allow data to be decrypted or converted to 6 channel .WAV files without going through lossy digital-to-analog conversion. Previously that conversion had required expensive equipment to retain all six channels of audio rather than having it downmixed to stereo. In the digital method, the decryption is done by a commercial software player which has been patched to allow access to the unprotected audio.

In 2007 the encryption scheme was overcome with a tool called dvdcpxm. On 12 February 2008 a program called DVD-Audio Explorer was released, containing aforementioned libdvdcpxm coupled with an open source MLP decoder.[20]

Like DVD-Video decryption, such tools may be illegal to use in the United States under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. While the Recording Industry Association of America has been successful in keeping these tools off Web sites, they are still distributed on P2P file sharing networks and newsgroups.[21] Additionally, in 2007 the widely used commercial software DVDFab Platinum added DVD-Audio decryption, allowing users to back up a full DVD-A image to an ISO image file.[22]

Authoring software[edit]

OS X[edit]

  • Sonic Solutions DVD Creator AV – The first DVD-Audio authoring solution available. A spin-off of the popular high-end DVD Video authoring package. It allows DVD-Audio authoring at the command line level only. No longer sold or supported by Sonic Solutions.
  • Sonic Studio SonicStudio HD – Macintosh-based tool used for High Density audio mastering and to prepare audio for DVD-A authoring in One Click DVD.
  • Sonic Studio[23]
  • Sonic OneClick DVD – Converts prepared Sonic Studio EDLs into binary MLP files to be used in the authoring tool. Also generates scriptFile information to be added to DVD Creator AV projects.
  • DVD audio Tools: console application dvda-author (version 08.07), see below.
  • Apple Logic Pro 8 and later - When bouncing, choose "Burn to CD/DVD" under destination, and then choose DVD-A for the destination format.
  • Minnetonka discWelder Bronze is now available for Macintosh.[24] Very simple to use if one just to burn their own files to listen to in this format.
  • SteinbergWaveLab
  • Burn - General purpose CD and DVD burning utility that can write AUDIO_TS data. Select "Audio" tab then "DVD-Audio" from the drop-down menu.

Windows[edit]

  • Minnetonka discWelder
  • Cirlinca HD-AUDIO Solo Ultra
  • DVD Audio Extractor
  • SteinbergWaveLab
  • Gear Pro Mastering Edition
  • DVD audio tools package (see below).
  • Samplitude

Linux[edit]

  • A project called DVD audio Tools provides free/open source DVD-Audio authoring tools for Linux and other *nix platforms (FreeBSD, OpenSolaris,...).
    Windows (console application) binaries are also available. DVD-Audio/Video discs (aka Hybrid or Universal DVDs) are also supported.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ abJim Taylor. "DVD Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers) - Details of DVD-Audio and SACD". Retrieved 2010-03-20. 
  2. ^DVD FLLC (2009–02) DVD Book Construction - list of all available DVD Books, Retrieved on 2009-07-24
  3. ^DVD FLLC DVD Format Book - History of Supplements for DVD Books, Retrieved on 2009-07-24
  4. ^MPEG.org, DVD Books overview, Retrieved on 2009-07-24
  5. ^Jack Schofield: No taste for high-quality audio. The Guardian, 1 August 2007
  6. ^"Understanding DVD-Audio"(PDF). Sonic Solutions. Archived from the original(PDF) on 2012-03-04. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  7. ^"SACD & DVD-Audio: Ultra-High-Resolution Music". Crutchfield Advisor. Archived from the original on 6 July 2007. Retrieved 12 July 2007.  (archived version )
  8. ^"What is DVD-Audio?". 5dot1.com. Retrieved 12 July 2007. 
  9. ^Maxim V. Anisiutkin. "DVD-Audio Decoder and Watermark Detector". SourceForge. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  10. ^VideoLAN. "VideoLAN - Official page for VLC media player, the Open Source video framework!". 
  11. ^http://www.cyberlink.com[not specific enough to verify]
  12. ^http://uk.creative.com[not specific enough to verify]
  13. ^ ab"DVD-Audio Tutorial". TimeForDVD.com. 2002-06-05. Retrieved 2007-07-12. 
  14. ^Blech, Dominikp; Yang, Min-Chi. "DVD-Audio versus SACD: Perceptual Discrimination of Digital Audio Coding Formats." (PDF) Audio Engineering Society Convention Paper 6086, May 2004.
  15. ^Paul D. Lehrman: The Emperor's New Sampling RateMix online, April 2008.
  16. ^"HDAD" at surroundablog.blogs.com
  17. ^such as The Grateful Dead's American Beauty and R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People
  18. ^Labriola, Don (2003-08-25). "Digital Content Protection, Part II". ExtremeTech. Retrieved 2007-07-12. 
  19. ^ abRobinson, Stuart M (2005-06-07). "DVD-Audio Copy Protection Defeated via WinDVD Software Hack". HighFidelityReview.com. Archived from the original on 2007-06-08. Retrieved 2007-07-12. 
  20. ^"DVD-Audio ripper". Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  21. ^"DVD-Audio's CPPM Circumvented". Slashdot.org. 2005-07-06. Retrieved 2007-07-12. 
  22. ^"DVDFab updated to support DVD-Audio/CPPM". Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  23. ^"Sonic Studio Audio Software". 
  24. ^http://www.minnetonkaaudio.com/products/discwelder01.html

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