Follow PS3SACD on Twitter Twitter

RSS feed for RSS

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Add to Google
  CD Japan  
  regular SACD  



Welcome to This site aims to be the most extensive Super Audio CD resource for PlayStation3 users. Considering it seems to be the only dedicated SA-CD site for PS3, we're confident it actually is. We also cover other aspects of the versatile media player that PS3 is, other SACD-compatible BD players, DSD, audio-only Blu-ray Discs, and other high-resolution multi-channel music formats, especially for pop/rock music.

Recently we've started covering PlayStation4, as far as media playback, especially audio, is concerned.



October 27, 2015

Amused to Death actually out now on SACD (and BD)

Never mind the time it's taken from the first announcement to the next one until actual release. What matters is that Roger Waters' album is available now for purchase on Hybrid SACD and Blu-ray Disc, both with the stereo mix and a 5.1 mix in high resolution. The BD comes bundled with a CD. The SACD is available in the UK through Amazon; in the US it seems to be sold only through Acoustic Sounds. You can also order it from CD Japan.

Roger Waters - Amused to Death (SACD)


September 27, 2015

Most successful Beatles songs released in 5.1 multichannel sound

9 years ago George Martin and his son Giles made new high-resolution digital transfers of all Beatles multi-track master tapes and remixed them into Love – an 80-minute megamix blending together elements from the band's entire reportoire. The compilation, in 5.1-channel audio and stereo, was released on DVD-Audio + CD (the latter being 2 minutes shorter).

Now, Giles Martin and Sam Okell (with support from Jeff Lynne and Steve Jay) have given the multi-channel high-resolution treatment to the 2000 compilation album '1', that contains all 27 US/UK number-one hits as full tracks.

The new reissues come in eight variants, some of which include a disc with all associated music videos, which have been carefully restored in 4K from the original 35mm films. The '1+' Deluxe editions come with a second video disc containing 23 additional videos, a 124-page hardcover book and special box set packaging. The CD contains new stereo mixes; the audio on the video discs is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS (HD on the BD).

The various editions will be available through Amazon. Below are the links for the US and UK releases. The new reissues are also going to be available in Japan but with an interesting twist: Instead of a regular CD they will contain an SHM-CD (Japan links for cdJapan).

1 CD + 2 Blu-ray Discs
1 CD + 2 DVDs
1 CD + 1 Blu-ray Disc
1 CD + 1 DVD
1 Blu-ray Disc
1 CD
2 LPs (180g vinyl)
to follow

Here's a visual overview of all the optical disc versions:

with Blu-ray Disc(s)
with DVD(s)
audio only
'1+' 3-disc edition
Beatles '1+' 3-disc deluxe edition
Beatles '1+' 3-disc box set (1 CD + 2 DVDs)
Beatles '1+' 3-disc deluxe edition:
1 CD + 2 BDs
Beatles '1+' 3-disc deluxe edition:
1 CD + 2 DVDs
'1' 2-disc edition
Beatles '1' 2-disc edition: 1 CD+1 BD
Beatles '1' 2-disc edition
Beatles '1' 2-disc edition:
1 CD + 1 BD
Beatles '1' 2-disc edition:
1 CD + 1 DVD
'1' 1-disc edition
Beatles '1'  Blu-ray Disc
Beatles '1' DVD
Beatles '1' CD (new stereo mixes)
Beatles '1' Blu-ray Disc
Beatles '1' DVD
Beatles '1' CD (new stereo mixes)


August 2, 2015

Classic pop albums on SACD 4.0 by Audio Fidelity

There haven't been any updates here for a while but that's not for lack of news. Those who follow @PS3SACD on Twitter will have noticed a number of postings and retweets about SACD reissues of pop/rock albums by Audio Fidelity, all of them in multichannel – most of them not in 5.1 but in 4.0 'Quad' Surround. Here are some of the highlights:

America - Homecoming 5.1 SACD
Best of The Doors 4.0 SACD
America - Homecoming
Best of The Doors
Billy Joel - Strreetlife Serenade 4.0 SACD
Earth Wind & Fire - Open your eyes 4.0 SACD
Billy Joel - Streetlife Serenade
Earth, Wind & Fire - Open your eyes
Jeff Beck Group 4.0 SACD
Mahavishnu Orchestra 4.0 SACD
Jeff Beck Group
Mahavishnu Orchestra
Eric Clapton - Riding with the King 2.0 SACD
Joe Cocker - With a little help from my friends Stereo SACD
Eric Clapton - Riding with the King
Joe Cocker - With a little help from my friends

These titles, as well as the ones covered in January, plus several additional albums, are available from Amazon as well as Audio Fidelity's own site.


January 22, 2015

Simple Minds' Sparke in the Rain reissued in 5.1

Steven Wilson's latest remix project is Sparkle in the Rain, the Simple Minds album. He's remixed it in 5.1 and it's been released in more or less the same configurations as his previous project, Tears For Fears' Songs from the Big Chair. There is no SACD but there are several other high-res options, both for stereo and multichannel.

Two other Simple Minds albums, New Gold Dream and Once Upon a Time, respectively the album preceding and the one succeeding Sparkle in the Rain, have been issued on SACD but in stereo only. Both those albums have been issued on DVD-Audio as well, but these releases (stereo + multichannel!) are based on entirely different masterings.

Simple Minds - Sparkle in the Rain 5-disc collectors edition superdeluxe box set

The 30th anniversary superdeluxe edition collectors box set consists of 4 CDs and a DVD:

  • CD 1: a re-master of the original album made at Abbey Road Studios by Andrew Walters and overseen by Charlie Burchill
  • CD 2: a collection of extended mixes and B-sides, some previously unreleased on CD
  • CD 3-CD 4: a previously unreleased 13-track concert recorded live at Barrowland on February 28th, 1984, plus a 3-track BBC Radio 1 session from September 1983
  • DVD-Audio/Video (NTSC, Region 0): the 5.1 surround sound mix in Dolby Digital and DTS (playable on PS3) and in MLP (only accessible on DVD-Audio players), remixed from the multi-track master tapes by Steven Wilson, as well as a high-res PCM stereo mix. Added are the original promo videos, Top Of The Pops and Oxford Road Show performances of Waterfront, Speed Your Love To Me and Up On The Catwalk.

The other editions are:


January 18, 2015

Multichannel SACDs from Audio Fidelity for the first time

Audio Fidelity has been reissung great albums from just about any genre on SACD for a number of years. Until recently, those were stere only. Now AF finally seems to have discovered the wonderful possibilities of SACD and started to issue albums in 5.1 surround sound and, where 'quad' masters existed, in 4.0. Recently released and announced titles include the following:

Eric Claptop - Pilgrim SACD
Scorpions - Blackout SACD
Eric Clapton - Pilgrim
Scorpions - Blackout
Blood Sweat & Tears  SACD
Blood, Sweat & Tears - Child Is Father To The Man SACD
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Blood, Sweat & Tears -
Child Is Father To The Man
George Benson - Breezin' SACD
The best of The Guess Who
George Benson - Breezin'

The channel count is prominently on the cover of each of the new discs. For more details, check Audio Fidelity.


January 11, 2015

New brands launching universal SACD/BD players – Sharp and Arcam

Usually this time of the year – at least that how it went the last four years – there are lots of new SACD/BD players to report, following Sony's announcement of the new year's range at the annual CES show in Las Vegas, first week of January. The embattled company will launch just three new models, all of them low-prices 'no frills' players – no displays, and even 3D Blu-ray playback has been left out of the basic model, which is no doubt an artificial limitation for the sake of differentiation between the respective models but surely there are people who don't need that. The models are:

  • BDP-S5100
  • BDP-S4500
  • BDP-S5500

No SACD playback here, but Sony will continue to offer last year's 'top model', the BDP-S7200 (that one might call a no-frills SACD player).

Sony BDP-S7200 SACD/BD player

Towards the end of 2015 we can expect Sony to introduce however an Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player. That's the name given to the new standard – possibly the last consumer optical disc format we're going to see. It will offer discs of 2 or 3 layers with 33 GB capacity each, enabling 66-100 GB of storage space, which should be enough for a feature-length movie in 3840×2160 Ultra HD "4K" resolution, up to 60fps frame rate, with 10-bit color depth, a wider color gamut (up to Rec.2020 or BT.2020) and High Dynamic Range (HDR) of some flavor, possible Dolby Vision, encoded in H.265/HEVC, the successor to H.264/MPEG-4 AVC. At CES, Panasonic was the only brand showing a prototype player. Sony, Samsung, LG, Philips and other brands will likely follow at IFA and CEDIA 2015, in September.

WiSA - Wireless Speakers and Audio

Two other AV brands however have recently joined the fray and introduced universal disc players. The first is Sharp – an early SACD supporter of SACD and DSD, that they typically referred to as '1-bit audio'. Both technologies feature in the new player, the SD-WH100U, with an intersting addition: WiSA or Wireless Speakers and Audio, a new standard that promises high-quality transmission of digital sound. Video of up to 1080p HD is transmitted with the WiHD protocol. Via the USB port it will handle PCM (24/96) and DSD of 2.8 or 5.6 MHz frequency.

Sharp SD-WH100U universal disc player

The other brand to surprise us with its first more or less universal disc player is Arcam. The UDP411 supports at least Blu-ray 3D, DVD-Video, Super Audio CD and CD. DVD-Audio seems to have been left out (as with the Sharp). It uses a TI/Burr Brown PCM1794 DAC and a bespoke power supply, "with discreet sub-regulated power supplies on the drive, audio and DAC board." It supports with UPnP (Universal Plug-and-Play) and CIFS (Common Internet File System) to allow integration into home networks and easy access to stored content.

Arcam UDP411 'Universal' Disc Player

Arcam has two related produdcts: a simpler one – an SACD/CD player with the same DAC and networking technology: the CDS27...

Arcam CDS27 SACD/CD player

... and one where the multi-format disc player is integrated with an AV receiver: the Solo Movie 'home cinema in a box' system. At the time of writing it's not yet listed on the company's website but What HiFi covered it.

Arcam Solo Movie HTiB

In the area of dedicated DSD DACs there has been an overwhelming amount of product news in the past year, with many portable headphone amps now sporting asynchronous DACs that support not only high-res PCM but DSD64 (2.8 MHz), DSD128 (5.6 MHz) and sometimes even higher resolutions such as DXD. As it's uncertain when or whether undersigned will find the time to list them all here, in the meantime best check out the twitter feeds @DSD_Audio and @DXD_Audio.


October 6, 2014

Tears For Fears gets the multichannel treatment

Less then 5 months ago, UMG's Japanese branch reissues Tears For Fears' Songs from the Big Chair on SHM-SACD (available on import via Amazon but not part of UMG Japan's upcoming re-reissue program for November.) Now fans who may not have ordered that edition yet are faced with a dilemma, like with the recent Yes reissues: go with the high-resolution but stereo-only SACD or choose the multi-channel mix on a different format, though based on ones personal preferences and playback capabilities that might be easy to solve.

SHM-SACD edition

Anyway, after fans of (mostly seventies) Progressive Rock have been treated royally in recent years by a long string of 5.1 remixes by Steven Wilson, now fans of decent eighties pop/rock get a chance to enjoy what he can do with multi-track originals: He's remixed Tears For Fears' second album, and it'll be coming out on DVD-Audio and 'High-Fidelity Pure Audio' Blu-ray Disc (HFPA BD) next month. Steven Wilson writes the following about his latest work (apparently his first for Universal Music Group):

Following the announcement of the next Yes (official) and XTC remixed reissues, 2 more of my classic album remixes have been confirmed for release in November (a pretty expensive time if you like all these albums!)

My remix of Tears for Fears' iconic 80’s album “Songs From the Big Chair” is included on a 30th anniversary reissue, to be released by Universal Music Group on 4th November.

Songs from the Big Chair was one of the biggest albums of the 80’s, and particularly successful in the USA where it reached number one in the Billboard chart on its way to selling several million copies. It features two US number one singles, Shout and Everybody Wants to Rule the World, as well as 2 more hit singles Head Over Heels and Mother’s Talk.

It’s a brilliant record by a truly innovative 80’s band - both accessible and ambitious. The reissue will be available in several different formats including a stand-alone Blu-Ray and a comprehensive 6 disc deluxe edition with live tracks, singles, B-sides, TV/radio appearances, remixes, videos, and the original mix.

There will also be a vinyl edition of my new stereo mix. The new stereo and 5.1 mixes were overseen and approved by Roland Orzabal (and are included as flat transfers with no mastering).

The album reissue will be available on various formats in the following five configurations:


Tears For Fears - Songs from the Big Chair - SuperDeluxe Edition
Tears For Fears - Songs from the Big Chair - Deluxe Edition
6-disc Superdeluxe Edition
2-disc Deluxe edition

The 2-disc Deluxe edition consists of two CDs (the main CD and the 'edits') so if you're mainly after the 5.1 mix you have to go either with the 6-disc box set which includes the DVD-Audio (it's particularly attracticely priced at Amazon UK: £37.99) or with the Blu-ray Disc, which will be available as a stand-alone product (as isn't even included in the Superdeluxe Edition), at least in some European markets: Germany and France. This Deluxe edition should not be confused with the 2006 2-CD Deluxe edition, which you can rcognize by its familiar semi-transparent outer sleeve used on many other Universal deluxe editions:

Tears for Fears - Songs from the Big Chair 2006 Deluxe Edition
2006 Deluxe Edition

Neil Wilkes, who did the authoring of the DVD-Audio, DVD-Video and the HFPA Blu-ray Disc, adds the following:

The HFPA contains Steven's excellent stereo & 5.1 mixes. Stereo is 24/96 LPCM, 5.1 is defaulted to DTS-HD but does have an LPCM stream as well. Streams are switchable on the fly using the coloured buttons on the remote and the disc will run completely headlessly (defaults to 2014 mixes) as the bonus stream - the Original Mix - can be accessed from the remote too as well as the individual tracks from the remote numbers, just like regular CD. I have no knowledge of release date on the standalone HFPA but can assure you that there are 3 mixes included.

In the box, there is a full DVD-A/V with pretty much the same content as the HFPA disc - the original stereo/2014 stereo/surround mixes in MLP Lossless plus original stereo/new stereo in 24/96 LPCM & the surround in DTS 9624.
The DVD-V contains scads of stuff. There is the "Scenes From The Big Chair" documentary & the interview with album producer Chris Hughes (both previously available) and additionally there are all the known (and a couple that were thought lost) Promo films from the album including no fewer than 3 different films of "Mothers Talk" (and the US mix is enormously different too) and the Sport Aid film "Everybody Wants To Run The World".

Video presentation is what it is, so before anybody complains that a couple of the films are smaller than they might be, please remember these were letterboxed in a 4:3 frame & there is sod all I can do about it unless budgets start to run to printing a film from U-matic tape sources (AKA "Pro VHS" if that's not an oxymoron) and then scanning in that negative then blowing up digitally would be the only option & that would look substantially worse, believe me. Most are in 4:3 full frame and will be pillarboxed on a 16:9 display so the "Danny DeVito Effect" is not possible. Audio content is 24/48 LPCM for these films.

Also included are a stack of BBC-TV appearances too - mainly TOTP but also a couple from the old "Wogan" show (trivia guide - the old BBC theatre, where that show was filmed, is now the Shepherds Bush Empire) and these are in 16/48 as we had run out of space on the DVD by this time and 24-bit did not fit.

Back to the stuff we are all interested in - the 5.1 mix. I have no idea how he does it, but yet again Steven Wilson has nailed it - he just keeps on getting better & better at this, and hearing this album in 5.1 really does it justice in so many ways - the whole room is filled during "I Believe", and this is no mean feat considering it's Piano/Vocal. Superb.

5.1 Songs from the Big Chair
Tears for Fears - Songs from the Big Chair HFPA BD
Sleeve of the DVD-Audio contained in the Superdeluxe Edition
(photo credit:
High-Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray Disc

According to Amazon, release dates of the various editions vary between November 3 and November 11 – nicely in time for this year's holiday season...


Earlier news

November 25, 2011
November 23, 2011
November 20, 2011
November 15, 2011
October 30, 2011
October 29, 2011
October 17, 2011
October 15, 2011
October 12, 2011
October 9, 2011
October 5, 2011
October 4, 2011
September 29, 2011
September 25, 2011
September 19, 2011
September 18, 2011
September 17, 2011
September 12, 2011
September 9, 2011
September 3, 2011
August 28, 2011
August 23, 2011
August 17, 2011
August 15, 2011
August 14, 2011
July 30, 2011
July 26, 2011
July 17, 2011
July 13, 2011
July 12, 2011
June 29, 2011
June 28, 2011
June 17, 2011
June 16, 2011
June 15, 2011
June 14, 2011
June 11, 2011
June 8, 2011
May 21, 2011
May 10, 2011
April 9, 2011
March 26, 2011
March 19, 2011
March 12, 2011
March 10, 2011
March 8, 2011
March 3, 2011
March 2, 2011
February 27, 2011
February 26, 2011
February 19, 2011
February 16, 2011
February 3, 2011
January 27, 2011
January 20, 2011
October 17, 2010
October 13, 2010
October 10, 2010
October 5, 2010
September 26, 2010
September 24, 2010
September 21, 2010
September 16, 2010
September 7, 2010
September 4, 2010
August 30, 2010
August 29, 2010
August 21, 2010
August 19, 2010
August 2, 2010
July 29, 2010
July 27, 2010
July 22, 2010
July 19, 2010
July 15, 2010
July 8, 2010
July 7, 2010
July 3, 2010
June 30, 2010
June 13, 2010
June 12, 2010
May 30, 2010
May 20, 2010
May 19, 2010
May 6, 2010
May 1, 2010
April 29, 2010
April 28, 2010
April 26, 2010
April 22, 2010
April 21, 2010
April 19, 2010
March 29, 2010
March 24, 2010
March 17, 2010
March 14, 2010
March 10, 2010
March 6, 2010
February 27, 2010
February 26, 2010
February 12, 2010
February 7, 2010
February 6, 2010
February 5, 2010
January 27, 2010
January 25, 2010
January 23, 2010
January 22, 2010
January 16, 2010
January 7, 2010
December 19, 2009
December 18, 2009
December 12, 2009
December 11, 2009
December 9, 2009
November 23, 2009
November 22, 2009
November 19, 2009
November 18, 2009
November 17, 2009
November 16, 2009
November 15, 2009
November 14, 2009
November 13, 2009
November 11, 2009
November 10, 2009
November 6, 2009
October 24, 2009
October 23, 2009
October 20, 2009
October 10, 2009
October 8, 2009
October 2, 2009
September 29, 2009
September 25, 2009
September 15, 2009
September 14, 2009
September 8, 2009
September 7, 2009
September 4, 2009
September 1, 2009
August 29, 2009
August 28, 2009
August 27, 2009
August 26, 2009
August 19, 2009
August 18, 2009
August 17, 2009
August 14, 2009
August 13, 2009
August 10, 2009
August 7, 2009
August 6, 2009
July 31, 2009
July 26, 2009
July 24, 2009
July 9, 2009
July 7, 2009
July 6, 2009
June 24, 2009
June 12, 2009
June 5, 2009
May 29, 2009
May 27, 2009
May 21, 2009
May 14, 2009
May 5, 2009
April 21, 2009
April 17, 2009
April 15, 2009
April 3, 2009
April 2, 2009
March 23, 2009
March 22, 2009
March 21, 2009
March 20, 2009
March 17, 2009
March 13, 2009
February 12, 2009
January 31, 2009
January 22, 2009
January 20, 2009
January 14, 2009
January 10, 2009
January 8, 2009
January 4, 2009
January 3, 2009
January 1, 2009
December 26, 2008
December 24, 2008
December 22, 2008
December 20, 2008
December 14, 2008
December 11, 2008
December 10, 2008
December 9, 2008
December 6, 2008
December 3, 2008
December 1, 2008
November 27, 2008
November 25, 2008
November 17, 2008
November 13, 2008
November 6, 2008
November 5, 2008
November 5, 2008
October 31, 2008
October 27, 2008
October 21, 2008
October 17, 2008
October 15, 2008
October 13, 2008
October 9, 2008
October 6, 2008
October 1, 2008
September 19, 2008
September 17, 2008
September 15, 2008
September 13, 2008
September 6, 2008
September 5, 2008
September 1, 2008
August 29, 2008
August 28, 2008
August 22, 2008
August 21, 2008
August 20, 2008
August 17, 2008
August 15, 2008
August 11, 2008
August 5, 2008
July 31, 2008
July 30, 2008
July 17, 2008
July 16, 2008
July 14, 2008
July 9, 2008
July 8, 2008
July 3, 2008
July 1, 2008
June 29, 2008
June 18, 2008
June 12, 2008
June 1, 2008
May 31, 2008
May 17, 2008
May 8, 2008
April 15, 2008
April 11, 2008
April 3, 2008
March 29, 2008
March 26, 2008
March 25, 2008
March 23, 2008
March 20, 2008
March 13, 2008
March 4, 2008
February 5, 2008
January 25, 2008
January 10, 2008
December 18, 2007
December 5, 2007
November 22, 2007
November 18, 2007
November 10, 2007
November 8, 2007
October 18 , 2007
October 9, 2007
October 8, 2007
October 1, 2007
October 1, 2007
September 12, 2007
September 10, 2007
September 4, 2007
September 3, 2007
August 17, 2007
August 17, 2007
August 17, 2007






Privacy Policy | Sitemap

© Copyright 2007-2015
PlayStation3®, Super Audio CD and SA-CD, the PlayStation logo and the SA-CD logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation.
All images and other logos and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
This site is in no way affiliated with Sony.