SACDs (Super Audio CDs) may not be on everyone’s mind, but they’re still compelling media for those that like a beautiful – and well defined – sound emanating from their speakers. This is especially true of well-loved and highly respected titles from bands of the past. The unfortunate thing is that current titles, the new ones coming out on a weekly basis, never get this treatment. That is largely what keeps the once mighty format on the shelves of people highly invested in the bands they have come to love over the years.
One of the labels that still remaster for SACD is Audio Fidelity. Led by the visionary Marshall Blonstein, Audio Fidelity has released a steady stream of highly prized titles mostly in 24k Gold discs, all remastered. Last year, Marshall Blonstein re-entered the SACD market, one that he started reissue label, Audio Fidelity, to release with an eye toward a high profile sound, but had abandoned as the market for SACDs diminished.
Since re-entering the marketplace, Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity label has released Close to The Edge, and Going For The One (YES), Counterparts, and Hemispheres (RUSH), along with other desirable titles by Bob Dylan, Poco, Elvis Presley, the recently released America debut, and Sarah McLachlan’s Touch. A few days ago, Audio Fidelity announced upcoming SACDs of two classics.
For fans of not only the two artists (and the others), but also of the great sounds of SACD stereo (no 5.1 remixes from too many labels), these reissues are well anticipated. So, if you want them my suggestion is to get yourself over to Amazon, or whoever supplies your music these days, and lay in your pre-orders. Why? Simple. You cannot get either YES SACDs, or Counterparts (RUSH). They have sold out.
The market is still there. And unless Blu-ray Audio does a remarkable job of giving the consumer exactly what they are seeking, SACD will be the medium of choice for audiophiles seeking the possible best that they can get of their favored album titles.
Wonder what titles are next for the SACD machine?!