Chesky Records The DVD-Audio Collection Contest
All members of the Enjoy the Music.com Mailing List were eligible to win this not for sale Chesky Records very special DVD-Audio disc! Not one, not two, but five of these discs will be given away (one each to five lucky members of our Mailing List)! You will not find this DVD-Audio disc for sale from Chesky Records or any other music retailer as it is only available to those who buy special Pioneer DVD-Audio players.
Like many of their compilation titles, this disc offers an eclectic array of original music recorded to audiophile standards. Soon there will be individual titles by each artist available from Chesky Records on DVD-Audio to purchase, yet for now this not for sale compilation DVD-Audio disc can only be won here on Enjoy the Music.com.
What is DVD Audio?
The advantages of 24-bit/96kHz Super Audio DVDs can be best illustrated by comparing them to Compact Discs. CDs consist of two channels of 16-bit PCM audio sampled at 44,100 times per second. A 16-bit sample can contain 65,536 possible amplitude (or volume) levels. 24-bit/96kHz Super Audio DVDs can contain 16-, 20-, or 24-bit PCM audio sampled 96,000 times per second. In the case of 24-bit audio, the samples can contain 16,777,216 possible amplitude levels!
You'll hear more soundstage depth, textures within the music will be more apparent, greater large and small scale dynamic contrasts will add more excitement, and thanks to the more than doubling of the sampling rate to 96kHz, you will experience effortless high-frequency extension and purity.
What are Chesky Super DVD-Audio 6.0 Full Range Multi-Channel Recordings?
5.1 surround sound was designed for video. We feel at Chesky Records that 5.1 is not the right format to extract all the music and information that multi-channel DVD-Audio has to offer. Chesky 6.0 full-range multi-channel was designed to put you, the listener, in the performance space.
How do we do this?
Well, 5.1 DVD-Audio actually has the capability of delivering six full range channels of music.
We also suggest that the rear speakers be placed 135° to 145° in the rear since most real-world listening rooms cannot fit the 110° rear placement suggested in 5.1.
Channel 1 left front speaker
For Best Performance:
1.) All speakers must equidistant from the listener
2.) Experiment with raising the side 55° speakers to a height of 3 to 7 feet
3.) You can experiment with the placement of the rear speakers as well. We recommend 135° to 145°, but 110° to 145° will offer acceptable results. This is obviously room-dependent, and remember to keep all the speakers an equal distance from the listener.
6.0 to 5.1 Compatibility
If you wish to play this recording on a 5.1 system, you can disconnect the Center Channel (Channel 5) and Subwoofer Channel (Channel 6). This will result in a 4.0 system that will still sound very good. You can also play the recording in 5.1 mode without disconnecting Channel 5 and 6 and still the sound will be acceptable. Lastly, you can play this recording in 2-channel stereo by simply playing it in the stereo mode.
Setting the Channel Playback Levels
At the end of this disc you will find a setup test tone of filtered pink noise (courtesy of Tom Holman and TMH Labs) that you can use to equalize the output of all your channels. Some professional recording studios use 85dB C weighted, while many film labs prefer to use 83dB C weighted. For home use, we recommend using a Sound Pressure Meter set to 78dB C weighted and adjust your preamp so all the channels are at the same volume.
Now sit back and enjoy Chesky Records 6.0 Super DVD Audio concert hall realism! While this contest has ended, please feel free to enter to win any of our future Mailing List contests by simply sending us an e-mail by clicking below.
NOTE: If you are currently a member of our mailing list then you are already entered for your chance to win.