One of my favourite friends from music-freakdom, Californian Ron Kane (check out his blog at http://ronkanefiles.wordpress.com/) has been telling me about his adventures with SHM-CDs.
If you haven’t heard of them, here’s the official line: “The high quality SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies’ research into LCD display manufacturing, SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc, allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players. Experience the high-fidelity audio quality of the SHM-CD format.”
Yep, another format that claims better-than-ever-before quality audio, and Mr Kane is impressed with the four discs he’s so far purchased from the only country producing SHM-CDs, Japan.
“They are remastered in 2010 in Tokyo and sound AMAZING; especially Black Sabbath. It has some hiss, but boasts 100 percent of the master-tape sound”, he writes.
“The 10cc is probably the most impressive sounding.”
Ron says that they’re actually single layer non-hybrid SA-CDs, which means they will ONLY play on SA-CD players, unlike hybrid SA-CD discs.
They’re wrapped in gorgeous album cover replica paper sleeves and cost approximately $71NZ each.
I’ve not seen any SHM-CDs in NZ. Have you? Do any Witchdoctor readers own a SHM-CD or two? If so, what’s the verdict?