Japanese SHM-SACDs

bwright -- Tue, 09/28/2010 - 13:44

I posted this in the SACD section, but figured it may belong here as well - assume a few of you have heard of the new Japanese SHM-SACD reissues. Many are created from older/known SACD remastering efforts, but a few feature 2010 DSD remastering from original Japanese tapes.
Text from website follows:
"Reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format (fully compatible with standard SACD players, but it does not play on standard CD players). SHM-SACD (Super High Material SACD) is the ultimate Super Audio CD that utilizes the materials and technologies that were developed for the SHM-CD to further enhance audio resolution."
They offer Steely Dan, The Who, Clapton etc., in addition to a few well regarded classical discs.

Robert Harley -- Tue, 09/28/2010 - 15:51

I have not heard any of these discs but would like to. I'll try to get a few and report on them (I have outstanding SACD playback in the dCS Puccini/U-Clock).

bwright -- Thu, 09/30/2010 - 02:24

I can imagine - the dCS gear I have heard is incredible.  And have you tried the Esoteric X03-SE?  Another wonderful player that validates the format.

The SHM-SACD service I use is via CD Japan. They generally charge less than US resellers.  They quickly respond to customer queries (in English), and their airmail packaging is superb, given local tradition - I have never seen a more precise and utilitarian wrapping job in my life.


David Matz -- Thu, 09/30/2010 - 09:06

Thanks for the link.  These are over $50 when I use the Google to perform the currency exchange, not including shipping.  I already own many of the SACDs they have on their list.  I wonder if the extra cash is worth it.

dpod4 -- Sun, 04/24/2011 - 17:14

Any updates from individuals who have SHM SACDs?  I have a ModWright 5400es SACD player that blows away my previous SACD/CD players so I'm wanting to pick up a couple outstanding SACDs to add to my library. 

eyolf -- Tue, 04/26/2011 - 11:36

These sacd's are not worth the price. I have bought many of them, but they generally sounded a bit dull. One example is The Who-The Who By Numbers, which sounded very poor. The cd remaster sounds much better. I think it is a big pity that TAS does not rewiev far more so called gold discs, Mofi stuff, etc.Many of these does not sound in any way better than the ordinary remasters. One example is also the company Audio Fidelity, which releases are just horrible. I do think TAS has an obigation to "expose" these kind of very enpencive and very bad sounding remasters. In fact AF seems to do a reverse remaster job- The suck the life and dynamics out og the master tape.

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