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     Classic Record's Michael Hobson, with some announcements also from Chesky's David Chesky, just announced what is probably the biggest news of the show. Are you siting down. Well, the 'high-end' is tired of the waiting game. In conjunction with making recordings at 24-bit at 96 kHz we now have music on a Digital Audio Disc (DAD) format!!! These DAD discs are the same size of CD and DVD discs, yet are capable of storing digital signals at 24/96kHz. As i am sitting here holding the first five DAD discs in my hand my soul is praising G-d that folks finally took the chuptzah to make higher quality digitally recorded music a reality. Manufactures like conrad-johnson, Muse and few others have already committed to making digital transports and DACs which will play these 24/96 digital discs. At the show there were 'high-end' systems capable of playing these new DAD discs. Well, er, um, looks like my love for vinyl will continue, YET newly digital recorded 24/96 music may finally beat out CD and vinyl replay at its best. 24-Bit resolution offer a whopping 144 db of dynamic range while the additional eight bits over a CD allow over sixteen million additional voltage values!
Michael Hobson with his dog

Michael Hobson

     First, music is recorded at 24/96. This data is stored on a large hard disc drive. The raw data is then transferred to a post production facility for "authoring" that result in the creation of a digital tape called a DLT. The DLT is sent to the manufacturing plant where its used to make a glass master. This glass master is used to make DAD discs. The first four discs which i have right here in my hands are as follows:

  DAD 1001    Art Davis "A Time Remembered"
  DAD 1002    The New Music Consort "Pulse"
  DAD 1003    Red Rodney "1957"
  DAD 1004     Rachmaninoff: "Symphonic Dances", "Vocalise"                         conducted by David Johanos
                        performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

     Also, they have a sampler DAD too. Virgin America has already agreed to allow a DAD of Johnny Lee Hooker of "Mr. Lucky". VOX has agreed to allow a DAD of Copland "Billy The Kid/Rodeo/Fanfare", Ives "Holidays" Symphony, and Gershwin "Collected Works." Rhino records is also joining in the ranks too with a yet unnamed title. Proof that when you get a group of folks who love music together they won't wait for the weasels and do their won thing to move music reproduction in the home forward. Classic Records did also supply the vinyl counterpart of some of the music on the DAD disc for reviewers to do comparisons which i also have here. DAD is here and it's now and it's a reality!!!!!!!! This is the best news i've heard in ages (pun intended)!!! MAN-O-MAN, i could on and on here yet i have many other pages to update tonight. Remember where you got all this information first!

     Classic Records also announced the release of their 45rpm vinyl series which are very strictly limited editions. Buy these vinyl records now or you will be crying later. Specifically, here are the first titles to become available:

  LSC 1804-45 Also Sprach Zarathustra
  MGVS-6149-45 Sonny Stitt "Blows the Blues"
  LSC 2449-45 Gounod "Faust"
  LSP-2438-45 Paul Desmond "Desmond Blue"
  CS 8192-45 Dave Brubeck "Time Out"













































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