Editorial for May 2009

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Our May drawing/giveaway will award to a dozen AUDIOPHILE AUDITION readers the new double-SACD recording by Richard Egarr of the Bach Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1 thru 6.  Harmonia mundi is the label, and this was our Multichannel Disc of the Month in March. It is a sparkling interpretation in surround sound which could be part of your own collection if you are a reader who registers here on the site this month.

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Guest Editorial for May
The Current Situation with SACD, DVD-Audio
and Blu-ray Disc Regarding Surround Sound

Dear Music Lover,
At TACET, when it comes to new technology and formats we place high importance on good surround sound (TACET Real Surround Sound and Moving Real Surround Sound). TACET has a solid base of satisfied customers who listen to surround sound. Which of the three formats promises to be the most interesting for our customers in the future?
SACD (Super Audio CD): Recently, more SACD players have come onto the market playing back only stereo recordings and not multichannel (surround sound) ones. It would seem that many manufacturers do not believe that surround sound SACD has a future. There is good reason to doubt that SACD will become the market leader for surround sound, in view of the high manufacturing costs (two layers to ensure compatibility with the CD) and a low level of SACD player owners amongst surround sound listeners.
Blu-ray Disc: It is not compatible with SACD or DVD-Audio. It sounds good, but not any better than the other two. Customers interested in surround sound are (almost) sure to own a DVD player and often an SACD player too. If they wanted to use a new format they would have to invest in both a new player and a new disc collection. In the longer term, in the best case there will be three formats rather than two, all of
which must be playable. That is, if the Blu-ray Disc is to be an alternative to pure audio formats at all, in addition to its function as a movie medium.
DVD-Audio: In its original format the sound quality and capacity are ideal. With a minimal reduction in quality (using its Dolby 5.1 option) it is compatible with DVD-Video and will thus in the foreseeable future be playable on any surround equipment in the world.
TACET will continue to offer DVD-Audio and SACD. For the reasons we have stated, we will wait to see what happens with Blu-ray Disc. If Blu-ray should turn out to gain acceptance in the audio sector worldwide, TACET can still bring out Blu-ray discs at short notice. At the moment, however, this would probably be counter-productive and unsettle our satisfied customers. TACET is making a clear
statement: starting from now we are releasing ten new DVD-Audios in tried and tested TACET Real Surround Sound (one per month).
Yours sincerely, 
Andreas Spreer

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