1K Club - QQ Shooting Star
- Oct 12, 2011
DV did this once, I'd be curious if the feedback was positive, negative, or nonexistent?This may have been mentioned earlier in this thread:
The CD layer could contain the Matrix encoded (all software
SQ or QS [possibly Involve Audio] Quad encoder) version of
the Discrete Quad content on the SACD layer.
That way CD/Stereo listeners would get to hear the Quad
mix (some with significant differences from the existing
Stereo mix) and be able to decode (w/Headphones, simple
Matrix or logic directed Matrix decoders) the Quad content.
(maybe the original Stereo mix could be made available
as a Streaming option, with a "Redeem Stereo" paper
insert with a code a la Blu-ray movies)
I'll admit my general impulse is to oppose this to the extent it results in fewer overall releases. I don't think there's enough of an audience for this media (really just people with Involve hardware and working vintage decoders), and even most of them have a SACD player as well. Obviously my feelings might vary if I was one of those people, but I'd much rather attention was focused on discrete quad transfers plus stereo (which is still I suspect why a majority of people buy these releases).
The other problem is where to put the matrix track on a twofer. There's typically not room in either the CD or SACD area for another stereo track, and I'd much rather have a second album than the matrixed audio - and I think people want regular CD and SACD stereo tracks, even if not as much here.
The option of a download code for matrixed files is a fine idea in theory, but I suspect it's a licensing nightmare.
I'd suggest this might be more productive to push for on specific deluxe editions where a matrixed audio track could be added to the blu-ray.