Thread: Blu spec

Posts: 5

Post by peraja June 7, 2014 (1 of 5)
I know it isn t better then Sacd...but are they better then ordinary cd? What is the difference?

Post by Philip Parris June 7, 2014 (2 of 5)
You'll find no shortage of opinions on Blu-Spec, as was/is the case with SHM. Some swear it makes a significant difference, some say it's neglible, others say it's absolutely the same. I own about five or six of them and personally never heard enough of a meaningful difference over standard rebook to justify further investment. But that's me, no one else. If it were me, I'd look into the SHM-SACDs (or Platinum SHM-CDs) that Universal Japan is releasing right now. With very few exceptions, they're the real deal.

Post by cupboy June 7, 2014 (3 of 5)
Considering the negligible price difference I always go with a SHM CD over a rbcd. The only time I buy a rbcd is if there is no other choice.

Post by Philip Parris June 7, 2014 (4 of 5)
Personally, I don't find a neglible price difference between SHM and redbook. Usually the difference is $15-$20. And for that price gap, I'll go standard redbook almost every time. But that's just me.

Post by ramesh June 7, 2014 (5 of 5)
I have bought on Bluspec many of Rubinstein's stereo Chopin recordings which never made it to SACD- the mazurkas, nocturnes, sonatas, impromptus etc. They sound better than the 20 bit Rubinstein complete edition or the '24 bit remaster' in his bargain Chopin box set, without the extra 'roundness' of tone of the Ballades/Scherzos SACD, with allowances made for the ages of various recordings and the venues. The bluspec nocturnes sound particularly good. These bluspec remasters state '24 bit 192 kHz remastering,' though it isn't clear if this is more recent than the sources of the Chopin in the bargain box set. They sound quite nice through my player's apodising filter. I loaned a piano teacher friend one of the bluspec Rubinsteins. He has a reasonable Denon CD player from the mid 1990s. Through this he felt the bluspecs sounded no more than slightly better compared to the Rubinstein complete edition.

I also have bought 'Mk1 bluspec' double CDs from Denon of Oistrakh in Mozart violin sonatas, Kogan and Karl Richter in Bach violin sonatas. I can recommend both as artistically very satisfying and reasonably priced. The Oistrakh sounds significantly better than the same I had on an old Chant du Monde CD.