HiRez Poll Nine Inch Nails - THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL [SACD/DualDisc:DVD-A]

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Rate the DVD-A/SACD of Nine Inch Nails - THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL


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The56Kid

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Just talked to my younger brother Hector the other night about this. He’s not a massive surround enthusiast, but he highly recommends this SACD and has committed to gifting it to me for my upcoming birthday. I really like the live concert Blu-ray Beside You In Time so I’m pumped to hear Spiral!
 

EricKalet

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[Insert Scooby-Doo "Huh"? meme here...]

Are you guys sure you didn't pop in Disc 2 of the SACD set (which is 2.0 only) by mistake--or that your player isn't defaulting to the stereo layer of Disc 1, rather than the 5.1 layer (as my Sony UBP-X800 initially did)?

I only picked up this title recently, and I'm giving it my first real audition today. Goth Industrial is not my jam, but I like Reznor & Ross's film work, so I'm trying to keep open ears here, although I'm afraid mine are so old and afflicted by tinnitus that more than one listen may make me deef!

I'm liking it, though--the electronica-flavored stuff more than the thrash-metal-flavored stuff. And I think the mix is amazing. There's all kinds of uber-discrete things happening in the rears, not to mention things moving around the room on a regular basis. The whole package is kind of overwhelming!
Hmmm I will revisit :SB perhaps user error...
 

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Been lurking in these pages for years now but have not felt the urge to post before seeing this thread. As it has been mentioned that Nine Inch Nails Downward Spiral is basically a demo disc for surround sound, I feel I can comment on this.

Back in the early '00s, when there was a surround sound push from the majors, I recall picking up the discs in music stores and wondering what the point was. It didn't make sense to me. Of course, back then, I was mostly into hardcore punk that I listened to on a small stereo that might as well have had KTEL stamped on it somewhere. About a decade later, I ended up buying the dual disc version of The Downward Spiral because I'd turned into a completest nerd and not for any other reason. A year or two later, I picked up my first surround sound system, a single connected unit found at a Paawn America for $50, probably the most I'd spent on a player up to that point. It was a full year after that, when my landlords had left on a long vacation, that I pulled this disc out of my collection and, for the first time, turned it to the DVD side. I believe I listened to this album back to back three times that day, each play through getting louder until I ended up moving a chair into the center of the room and just blissing out to the music.

Since that day, I've collected as many surround sound albums as I can get my hands on, annoyed at myself for having my hands on some albums that are now long out of print and wishing I could go back and pick them up. The Downward Spiral remains my favorite surround mixed album, and one that I will always pull out when I'm proselytizing the Gospel of Surround to any new person that crosses my path. I occasionally hunt for information on the supposed surround mix Trent Reznor had been working on for The Fragile, and long for such a mix of Pretty Hate Machine. In the past, Reznor has said The Fragile mix was not a dead project but the last time he said that was probably over 5 years ago. Now that is an album I would happily drop hundreds of dollars on just for the included bluray.
 

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Wow thanks for this. Must have made the same mistake on disc choice. Thought it was a bland mix but no way…Its hard to determine which cd is 1 and which is 2. Tiny 2 on edge at end of nummers. Closer is indead MAGIC in 5.1. Wow!! Chrank it up….
 

edisonbaggins

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I have revisited and subsequently changed my vote from 5 to 10 :SB

Not sure how I "missed" the mix here, I've never played the second disc either. LOL. Incredible multi channel experience with top notch sound quality.
You may have your Surround Lovers Card back now...
 

Beefalo

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You should hear Cornholio sing "Lesbian Seagull"
I'm very glad that this poll was "reanimated" recently.
This was one of my first M/C discs. I think I listened to a few songs and then shelved it.
I love "Pretty Hate Machine" but this was just too much.
QQ database shows a DR of 11 which IMO is respectable for this type of music.
So what was the problem?
Let me try this SACD again.

It's a little loud but I like others that are louder (Bowie's Heathen - Gabriel's Up)
The EQ is fine to my ears.
The surrounds don't always have a lot of content but what they do pump out is discrete.
I especially like a section in the middle part of "Ruiner". There's a grungy guitar in the right surround and a drum in the left surround while the fronts are pretty quiet.
Overall it's one of the better mixes I've heard.
It's creative and complements the music.
 
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