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    Default Mobile Fidelity Hybrid Stereo (and Mono) SACDs

    Just came today..

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    Default Mobile Fidelity Hybrid Stereo SACDs

    Some news today from Music Direct, owners of Mobile Fidelity. Their newly remastered Hybrid Stereo SACD of Kind of Blue by Miles Davis is now In Stock.
    I assume it will be arriving on other music web sites shortly.

    Mo Fi Kind of Blue In Stock - June 10 2015.jpg

    Kind of Blue - Miles Davis (Mobile Fidelity, Hybrid Stereo UDSACD 2085)
    http://www.musicdirect.com/p-59518-m...brid-sacd.aspx

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    I just read that as well. Also, unless I misunderstood, not only Kind Of Blue, but they are releasing many other Miles Davis classics.....need to look again.

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    I may spring for Bitches Brew......love that album.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GOS View Post
    I just read that as well. Also, unless I misunderstood, not only Kind Of Blue, but they are releasing many other Miles Davis classics.....need to look again.
    Some of the other Miles Davis albums were available from Mobile Fidelity before. Haven't followed it closely to know which are which.
    I'm more interested in the upcoming Santana SACD reissues from MoFi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmoura View Post
    Some of the other Miles Davis albums were available from Mobile Fidelity before. Haven't followed it closely to know which are which.
    I'm more interested in the upcoming Santana SACD reissues from MoFi.
    Yes, but for sure - several are being released tomorrow. Including Bitches Brew.

    EDIT - maybe it's just Bitches Brew.....many others are actually LP format.

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    Finally!!

    So "Kind of Blue" gets 2 SACD releases within one week. The 2 different versions could be coming from the same plant.

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    In fact Brian, MOFI is releasing a whole bunch of SACD that ship out tomorrow. Many Miles Davis, and just a whole bunch other discs that are of interest. I wish there was an easy way to filter down to SACD that ship tomorrow. You'd see a whole bunch......as an example, 4 SACD from Foreigner all ship tomorrow. Several Billy Joel ship tomorrow....The Band ships tomorrow...on and on.

    EDIT - I may be getting ahead of myself here....just because it says "ships 6-11-15" doesn't mean that's the first time it's been available...does it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GOS View Post
    I may be getting ahead of myself here....just because it says "ships 6-11-15" doesn't mean that's the first time it's been available...does it?
    Exactly. Music Direct says "ships 6-11-15" instead of the more common "In Stock" used by other web sites.
    Still, you can order those SACDs and have them ship right away...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmoura View Post
    Exactly. Music Direct says "ships 6-11-15" instead of the more common "In Stock" used by other web sites.
    Still, you can order those SACDs and have them ship right away...
    Gotcha......you can tell I've not ordered much from them before. Man, I was thinking they were going bonkers with new releases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundboy View Post
    Finally!!

    So "Kind of Blue" gets 2 SACD releases within one week. The 2 different versions could be coming from the same plant.
    Or two different plants - Sony in Austria and Sony in Japan.

    As for the different versions of Kind of Blue, don't forget the earlier versions on SACD and DSD:
    • Single Layer Stereo SACD - Sony Music
    • Single Layer Stereo SACD - Sony Music Japan
    • Single Layer Multichannel SACD - Sony Music
    • Hybrid Layer Multichannel SACD - Sony Music Japan
    • Hybrid Layer Multichannel SACD - Sony Europe
    • DSD Stereo Download - Super HiRez/Acoustic Sounds

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmoura View Post
    Or two different plants - Sony in Austria and Sony in Japan.

    As for the different versions of Kind of Blue, don't forget the earlier versions on SACD and DSD:
    • Single Layer Stereo SACD - Sony Music
    • Single Layer Stereo SACD - Sony Music Japan
    • Single Layer Multichannel SACD - Sony Music
    • Hybrid Layer Multichannel SACD - Sony Music Japan
    • Hybrid Layer Multichannel SACD - Sony Europe
    • DSD Stereo Download - Super HiRez/Acoustic Sounds
    Up until this point the Hybrid Layer Multichannel SACD from Japan which uses the 2006 remastering and was also released in 2007 seems to get the most praise...it has the 3 channel option...of course I have not heard anything about the download...can't speak to that one...what bothers me about the MoFi release is they don't mention WHO worked on this...usually when Steve H or Gus work on them they get mentioned...they didn't mention anyone in their description...I'll be buying a version and I had planned on the Sony Hybrid Multichannel version from Japan...but I will wait until I hear some feedback....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clint Eastwood View Post
    Up until this point the Hybrid Layer Multichannel SACD from Japan which uses the 2006 remastering and was also released in 2007 seems to get the most praise...it has the 3 channel option...of course I have not heard anything about the download...can't speak to that one...what bothers me about the MoFi release is they don't mention WHO worked on this...usually when Steve H or Gus work on them they get mentioned...they didn't mention anyone in their description...I'll be buying a version and I had planned on the Sony Hybrid Multichannel version from Japan...but I will wait until I hear some feedback....
    Mobile Fidelity has two mastering engineers on staff - Shawn Britton and Rob LoVerde. I'm sure it was one of these engineers on the new MoFi SACD mastering.

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    Are these guys younger than the oldsters that AF uses? I usually like MFSL masterings a little better. The packaging, of course, is awful. They need to move to proper packaging instead of trying to save money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cupboy View Post
    Are these guys younger than the oldsters that AF uses? I usually like MFSL masterings a little better. The packaging, of course, is awful. They need to move to proper packaging instead of trying to save money.
    Shawn Britton is around the same age as Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray. Haven't met Rob LoVerde, but I do know he was a former Sony mastering engineer in his pre-MoFi days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmoura View Post
    Or two different plants - Sony in Austria and Sony in Japan.
    The HK Sony SACD will be pressed in EU (i.e. Austria) and I don't think MoFi has used Sony's Japan plant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundboy View Post
    I don't think MoFi has used Sony's Japan plant.
    Maybe not recently. But I'm sure MoFi has had SACDs pressed at the Sony Japan plant over the years.
    These days most SACDs are coming from the Austria plant.

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    I got put off of MoFi's SACDs when they started doing the Billy Joel catalog. I bought Nylon Curtain which I though was a slight improvement over the Columbia CD, but not sure it was worth the $30 upgrade. The SACD of Piano Man on the other hand sounded horrible; very flat, muddy and lifeless. I gave it one listen then turned around and sold it on eBay. At that point I stopped and didn't bother spending money on any of the other Billy Joel titles.

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    I like the Glass Houses SACD of theirs. Way better than that dead sounding gold CD AF put out and quickly put out of print (I guess they agreed).

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    Quote Originally Posted by cupboy View Post
    I like the Glass Houses SACD of theirs. Way better than that dead sounding gold CD AF put out and quickly put out of print (I guess they agreed).
    Seriously? Glass Houses sounds pretty good? I'd like to have that one honestly....

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    The Chicago Transit Authority Mobile Fidelity SACD

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    Got this one today.
    Attached Images Attached Images

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    Quote Originally Posted by cupboy View Post
    Got this one today.
    and.....????? How is it?

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    and.....????? How is it?
    Excellent!

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    I'm sure Gos will be curious about this one

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