A few years back when our Sony Blu-Ray player was driving us crazy because it was so slow to load I “upgraded” to the latest and greatest Samsung BD-D6700 3D-Blu-Ray player. Movies look and sound fantastic on it and since we have been so busy I never got a chance to listen to music through it. My reference Technics DVD-A10 was down for the count as well…
This past Sunday night I got the urge to listen to some music on our Home Theater system. The system consists of a high end components capable of sonic bliss and at reference levels sounds and feels like you’re at the concert but like any system the weakest link can make it all sound like crap. For instance, music off of iTunes's, even at the highest bit rate, Pandora at it’s highest rate, pretty much sounds as one would expect on a system like this although at times a song will surprise you. Nora Jones does very well from iTunes and Pandora.
So I figured I’d try out my DVD-A, SACD and DTS disks that haven’t been touched in 4 or 5 years and see how they do. I put in the Eagles “Hotel California” Hell Freezes Over (DTS version), went to sit down and listen and it starts and immediately sounds flat… seriously flat. If you have ever heard this disk when they hit the drum track it hits with authority, it sounded so dull. I changed it over to multi-channel music which helped a lot but still not impressed.
I tried Queen and a bunch of others… then went and got my Technics DVD-A player and tried it with that and wow, what a difference, when it would work anywho. Nuts..I realize if you’re going to listen to audiophile quality recordings you better bring a-game equipment or you’ll be gravely disappointed. I can’t use the Technics DVD-A for everything unfortunately as it has problems with the mechanism, otherwise I’d just leave it plugged in and be happy with it.
(Technics DVD-A10 picture from Google, I can’t find my picture)
So that leaves me not listening to music for a while on this system, this way anyway. Buying a player that can play music as good as the Technics DVD-A10 is too expensive to repair and way out of my league to replace these days.. bummer… you’d think these new high quality Blu-Ray players would deliver the goods for music as well and some of them do, but I can’t afford them either.
You know what Ronda would say… “sounds fine to me! shut up and enjoy it!” alas my ears are too picky, can’t help it… anybody have a Marantz SA-8005, SA-11S3 or TT15S1 laying around?