What's the worst DVD-A or SACD that you purchased?

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  1. JonUrban

    JonUrban SHF Member #497 Thread Starter

    The biggest disappointment. The biggest waste of money.
    The one that made you go..........."Why did I buy THIS?" :eek:

    No format war here, just a list of the titles that others should avoid.

    My initial contributions:

    The Looney Tunes DVD-A - UGH! Why did they make this and why did I buy it?

    Heart - Live in Seattle - Total disappointment, sonics and Surround

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  2. Beatlesfan03

    Beatlesfan03 New Member

    cleveland, ohio
    The Looney Tunes looks like it could be fun, but I could see how one could tire of it.

    I didn't particularly care for The Thorns SACD, thought it was too compressed and found the multi-channel mix rather lacking. The stereo layer to me sounded just like the redbook layer.
  3. DoctorDave

    DoctorDave Forum Resident

    Dublin, Ohio
    Pet Sounds!
  4. Drifter

    Drifter AD survivor

    Vancouver, BC, CA
    Can you explain why?
  5. JMT

    JMT Forum Resident

    Rocklin, CA
    Journey's Greatest Hits on SACD. The music was fine, but I found that the sonics were really no better than your standard redbook layer.
  6. Metralla

    Metralla Joined Jan 13, 2002

    San Jose, CA
    Ozzfest Live 2002 COLUMBIA - CS 86830

    No question. This is the worst music I've ever heard and the sound is diabolical. I'd give it away to someone but I don't even want to touch it.

  7. wildchild

    wildchild Active Member

    Silverline's classic rock DVD-A. Also Neil Young's friend's and relative's: Road rock. Talk about sonic mud. Peace Todd.
  8. Dave D

    Dave D Done!

    Milton, Canada
    Yep!! A great album ruined by horrible compression and one of the worst multi channel (if you can call it that!) mixes EVER!
  9. Dave D

    Dave D Done!

    Milton, Canada
    I'd say my worst purchase was Roxy Music's Best of SACD. The earlier tracks sound awful.
  10. Lord Hawthorne

    Lord Hawthorne Currently Untitled

    Portland, Oregon
    Silverline's (who else) Desmond Dekker Anthology. Bad dubs in mono processed into "surround". Awful even in mono.
  11. pdenny

    pdenny Blow up your TV

    INCREDIBLE JAZZ GUITAR OF WES MONTGOMERY. Bleh, although I now understand the master tapes are rotten. So why make an SACD out of it?

    BRAIN SALAD SURGERY. Great surround sound. However...it sez Adv. Res. Stereo on the outside but it ain't on the inside! Bummer.

    PETER GABRIEL catalog. Sound just like the redbook remasters to my ears...why bother? If any artist's catalog deserved MC, it's Gabriel. Get on with it! I now console myself with the new PLAY THE VIDEOS DVD; the surround mixes on it kick world-class donkey!!!
  12. Steve G

    Steve G Forum Resident

    los angeles
    Pictures at an Exhibition, the Naxos version.

    the sound is horrible.

    the sound on the SACD of the Turangalila symphony isn't so good either. Plus the mix is abominable, placing the listener in the middle of a soundstage set up for the particular recording.

  13. Jason Brown

    Jason Brown Active Member

    SLC, UT
    The discs are fine, but I can't seem to get into the music from both my Chicago DVD-As. That and my Ritchie Valens SACD.

    Live and learn.

    I'd have bought any one of those bands on SACD in studio form (not my first choices, but not my last either), but I tend to shy away from live albums. Especially outdoor venues. I do have a couple though.
  14. d.r.cook

    d.r.cook Forum Resident

    yeah, i almost got that (love dekker), then remembered all the "warnings" here about siverline. money saved for a change!

    doug :righton:
  15. SamS

    SamS Forum Legend

    I bought the Silverline DVD-A for Corrosion of Conformity's "Live Volume". I think I paid even $25 for it :eek:

    Sound was sooooo bad. Not even discreet 5.1. I had no idea how something could sound so much worse than CD. I have the (very compressed) CD to play as a comparison. The DVD-A is flat out terrible. Tinny, zero dynamics, just awful.

    I was so mad, I took it back. Bless Tower Records for listening to my story and giving my money back :righton:
  16. ubsman

    ubsman Active Member

    Silverline's "Women On Top". I even contacted Silverline about this disk, which has some songs fading in and incomplete. Some songs are almost unrecognizable due to some odd remixing. Absolutely horrible. Forget now how I got rid of the disk, but it was quickly disposed of either by returning it or selling on ebay. It was some time ago.
  17. Gary

    Gary Nauga Gort! Staff

    I agree!

    Want mine? You'd have a "set" of them! ;)
  18. Metallica's "Black Album". Sold it after about two plays. The only hi-rez disc out of about 50 that I was compelled to off-load.

    I always thought the redbook version was as harsh a cee-dee as I owned. The DVD-A simply takes the harshness, and spreads it around the room.

    Total crapola, IMHO.

    Honorable mention (depending on your definition of hi-rez, I know its not a DVD-A, but it should be no different than a real 24/96 DVD-A title): The new Neil Young GH package 24/96 tracks. I seem to be one of the few that has commented negatively on this one. There is no low bass to speak of, and the highs and upper mids are terribly harsh and brittle. Another title that is likely headed to e-bay.

  19. eelkiller

    eelkiller Now with enhanced loudness

    Easy choice for me - CCR Chronicle SACD from the far east. I wish I could throw it that far.
    Silverline DVD Audio's (Joey Ramone and Big Head Todd) are a close second (I gotta admit the Dar Williams discs are AOK)
  20. Beatlesfan03

    Beatlesfan03 New Member

    cleveland, ohio
    Agreed. Word is is that he actually is working on doing multichannel mixes for all the albums. I would've gladly waited for MC rather than have the stereo discs.
  21. RedWingfan

    RedWingfan Forum Resident

    "How The West Was Won"; think about it: Three instruments in five channels doesn't work. Also, I'm not very impressed with the ABTKO Sam Cooke stuff.
  22. LeeS

    LeeS Blue Note Fan

    Are you kidding? This is one of my favorite 2 channel SACD layers. Terrific sonics.

    Maybe the criticism on the MC is valid.
  23. Metoo

    Metoo Forum Hall Of Fame

    Spain (EU)
    The 'bad' release of Norah Jones's "Come Away With Me" on SA-CD.
  24. Kayaker

    Kayaker Forum Resident

    New Joisey Now
    Man - tough audience.
    I can't get enough of "Portrait of a Legend" and "Live at the Copa"

    I agree on the "The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery". I also did not think the Byrds Greatest Hits (which I just got) was any better than the redbook.
  25. Metralla

    Metralla Joined Jan 13, 2002

    San Jose, CA
    "How the West Was Won"?

    Led Zeppelin, yes?

    SACD? No.
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