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Tuesday, 05 April 2005 ,  Written by Jeff Fish
Martin Taylor - Artistry
As anyone who has listened to at least a handful of SACD discs can tell you, all SACDs are not created equal. In fact, contrary to popular belief, the SACD logo does not guarantee a quality recording or dramatically improved audio experience over their 16-bit CD counterparts. (Neither does the DVD-Audio logo, for that matter). However, there are those SACDs that stand above the fray and prove that this format, however feebly marketed and implemented, does have merit and should remain a viable entity, hopefully to one day make the transition into the mainstream whereby a consumer simply buys a CD that just happens to be an SACD (or DVD-A). The subject of this review is just such a recording. Upon receiving the Martin Taylor SACD Artistry, I was fully prepared to hate it. Oh, I had a feeling it would sound good, but I just knew it wasn’t really my style of ...
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Sunday, 20 November 2005 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Various Artists - A High Resolution Audio Experience
Just when we are about to lose faith in the music industry’s ability to understand that we the consumers are asking for more audio performance from the $16 disc we buy, we find an AIX Records. One could call them an “audiophile” record label, but that wouldn’t be completely fair, considering the spirit of the recordings. They are much more. AIX Records, the brainchild of producer and engineer Mark Waldrep, is a label designed to highlight what is possible in high-resolution surround sound music. They almost exclusively create their own music, unlike other fine record labels such as DTS and Silverline, which focus more on remixing and remastering existing and classic material. Ask anyone with a 5.1 home theater who loves surround sound for music and they will tell you they need all of these labels (and many more – yes, we are talking about you major labels who don’t put out ...
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