We were strolling through best buy and I noticed that audio DVDs are now available. I had first heard of the format back in 1996 but had not known that they were currently available.
I’d like to know if anyone has tried it and what do you think about the quality? Further, what do you think about the future of this medium? If you have any links to expert commentaries, please also share those (it is a hard subject to google, as you get a million shopping links right up top).
Personally, I find it hard to get positive or excited about the medium. Here’s why:
I welcome a new audio medium: a medium to end all mediums. One that has a sampling rate so high that the human ear could never perceive anything better. Something analog and very close to natural sound would be even better. We also have the technology to create this ultimate medium right now (don’t we? I’m not pretending to be an expert). If DVD audio represents the ultimate, then fine. If not, then let’s skip it and go for the ultimate, even if we have to wait a few more years. I don’t think we need another half-assed medium like 8-track, quadrophonic, DAT, mini CD, etc. etc.
The “we give you permission to buy this physical object and enjoy the material in limited fashion” school of musical enjoyment is a thing of the past. The majority of people now want to listen to the particular tunes they want and enjoy them wherever they go. In other words, iPod, MP3s, the works. Audio DVD is already anachronistic.
The same stupid-ass pro-empire “country codes” and restrictive encoding (right?).
Still using the jewel case, which deserves to be in the Top 10 Worst Packages of all time. Oh, but make those cases bigger and heavier while you’re at it! (To distinguish them from smaller CD cases?!–More for your money?!)
DVD players have not been conceptualized with the audiophile in mind. Even if the discs themselves are great, I need a bit of reassurance that I am going to get truly superb sound from the whole system. Surely I am not going to get ultra-high-quality digital audio from your average cheapo DVD player; yet the industry has not taken the time to tell me just what I should do to get that experience. I sniff insincerity, a lack of real effort or guts in that area.
Hence, even if the medium is an improvement on CDs, I see little reason to celebrate. Please let me know what you think.