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on 23 January 2003
Groove Armada have produced an excellent album in Lovebox. Their music has moved position slightly from a leftfield, lounging sound to a more upfront and, dare I say it, rocky kind of sound. First couple of tracks I was thinking - wow, guitar driven - by the end I was immersed completely in GA's dubby janglings.
But the primary reason I bought this SACD was to see what could be done with the format. I *had* dismissed the SACD circuitry in my top-end DVD player as a gimmick and had only given the time of day to a couple of tracks on the sampler SACD included in the box. I'd used some really cheap interconnects and thought that would be good enough.
When delivered Lovebox to me, I slipped it into the player and was totally blown away by the production and positioning in all the speakers normally devoted to DVD only. So much so, that I had to buy new leads for the audio outputs from the DVD specifically for SACD. The clarity on the disc is fantastic: put it in a CD player and it sounds good, put it into a two-channel SACD player and it's great, put it in a multi-channel SACD player and hold on to something, Dorothy, "cause Kansas is going bye-bye."
A great investment if you have an SACD player; a superb bit of music too.
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on 13 February 2012
Super Audio Compact Disk has been around for yonks and some sell for 1 pound plus postage ( Sting -sacred love etc.) and one sells for 200.00 plus even 2nd hand. A lot of this price is rarity, but the reason it's so rare is that everyone who knows how good a SACD is over a CD wants to own their favourite albums in the highest audio quality available. Many SACD remasters are just the standard stereo with with an instrument or 3 from the left stereo channel forced to the rear right for no particular reason. The best SACD recordings such as. Steely Dan Guacho ( a must have bargain at 10.00 even if you hate the duo ) take the original recording masters and ramp up each instrument and vocal track so that the standard CD version sounds like it's being played next door. Groove Armada Love Box standard CD is a superbly recorded disk that most people will think can't be bettered. But it can and has been with the SACD version. Let's deal with the stereo layer 1st. It's a hybrid SACD so will play on any CD player. If you have a good hi fi and like Groove Armada then save up and buy a copy if anyone is desperate enough to sell theirs. The improvement over the CD will knock your socks off. Each detail is several gears up on the standard CD but it is not harsh, false or over empathised. In 5.1 it's just a room full of pure sounds that work without you having to think about it. The music washes over you to such a level that it's almost too much to take in. The best night clubs have sound systems that justify the entrance fee and Andy and Tom have given us a chance to hear the best audio quality available on a gold disk. If you see a copy for sale and have the money, buy it as it will be a gilt investment. 2 years ago 2nd hand copies went for 40 pounds, months after it was 70, now it's hundreds. Supply and demand has to peak sometime but in the meantime you will be able to give your ears a treat. The reason it's so rare is because it's that good, and nobody wants to sell theirs.
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