Beebop, where do you buy your XRCDs?
Sw, I got this from the Canadian distributor for XRCD - May audio. They show up on the web as http://www.mayaudio.com/mayaudio/home.asp
. Their invoice shows them as 3390659 Canada Inc.. They are straight shooters as far as I can tell (be careful about dealing with numbered companies in Canada - if they do not establish a brand, how long are they here for?), and they seem to be the XRCD approved distributor for XRCD recordings in Canada. I paid $C 45 for the Heifetz (O I am not worthy!) performance. They told me that they would give this to me as an introductory deal but that in the future they would add $5 for shipping and charge me $C 50 per CD.
I bought the Heifetz CD for the performance, and not for the work. You can find many good performances of the D on CD. I think this is an afficianado reproduction.
I am not sure what marketing space JVC wants to occupy with this technology. Early indications are that it is the high audiophile. Consider that you can get Gene Ammons' "Boss Tenor" in 20 bit K20 from www.fantasyjazz.com
, as well as in XRCD from the JVC site www.xrcd.net
. I have both on order and I intend to do a shootout.
I believe that XRCD's value proposition rests with the performance as well as the work. It currently seems to reside squarely in the 2 channel audiophile world. Whether they view this as an entry point or are going to take a stand here, I do not know.
For my money, it is all aboot the performance, and I do not mind paying a premium for the quality that XRCD provides; again, I am talking aboot a very good rendition of a quintissential performance.
In terms of the marketplace, the Canadian distributor is charging for delivery while the American is not, and they are charging more than the central bank exchange rate would justify. For Heifetz and Van Cliburn, I am happy to pay. For Gene Ammons, I am not so sure. But then, I have not heard either the 20bit or XRCD version of either.