CES 2009: Pioneer's high-end division demonstrates new Blu-ray-based audiophile format
Developed by Sax and Schnee in response to what the pair sees as a decline in recording quality over the past three decades, Modern High Fidelity uses Schnee's custom, minimal signal path analog mixing console with tube microphones, preamps, and 192kHz/24-bit converters. The resulting recordings are then mastered to Blu-ray Disc for playback.
The demonstrations will include tracks recorded and mixed live to two-channel high-resolution digital, with playback through complimentary 24-bit/192kHz conversion and Technical Audio Devices' Compact Reference monitor speakers.
The recordings were made at Schnee Studio in Los Angeles, with mastering by Sax, the two having a partnership which goes all the way back to their Direct-to-Disc LPs for Sax's Sheffield Lab label in the 1970s.
The new format "aims to restore the dynamic sound quality that is reminiscent of their direct-to-disc recordings but can now be mastered in high resolution digital for replay from Blu-ray Disc. In the near future, consumers will have the opportunity to purchase and enjoy live recordings with an astonishing quality not previously available."
Schnee says that "While the industry has made a steady shift toward compressed audio, we believe that home audiences deserve a richer listening experience and there is a tremendous opportunity with emerging high definition technology to develop a medium that can successfully maintain the integrity of an original recording.
"We look forward to fusing our visions with Pioneer to develop this format for Blu-ray, and giving a taste of what is to come at CES.”