updated 08:55 pm EST, Thu December 1, 2005
Monster Music SuperDiscs
Monster Cable today announced its , which it says will deliver improved music that will feature a "surreal" sense of quality through the "monstrous" innovation known as Monster Music SuperDiscs. Fully compatible with CD/DVD devices as well as iPods, Monster Music SuperDiscs offer advanced features to "enhance the listening experience" According to the company, the limited edition Monster Music SuperDiscs are carefully mixed and mastered to "bring out all the clarity, detail, and excitement of the original performance." Monster Music SuperDiscs are priced at $25.
Most SuperDisc packages will include 2 high performance discs. One disc will feature a Stereo mix that plays on any CD player, while the other plays in any DVD player format features High Definition Surround Sound in Dolby Digital and DTS 96/24, as well as, High Definition Stereo that sounds "exactly the same as the studio master file." High Definition Surround (HDS) is a set of recording, mixing and reproduction techniques to accurately recreate the sound field of the original performance in high definition for 5.1 surround sound.
In addition, some discs feature multiple mixes that allow listeners with a home theater system to select their own "Surround Experience". Listeners will be able to choose to be "in the audience" of a live concert or "on stage" right in the middle of the band.
For consumers who listen to music through their computer and portable music players, SuperDiscs include High Definition Digital Music files encoded directly from the master recordings. These files are ready to drag and drop into any music program including iTunes and Apple's iPods. Monster says the the Dolby Headphones-encoded music files will give the iPod a surround sound music experience through any pair of headphones. Dolby Headphone technology allows users to wear any set of headphones and listen to music, watch movies, or play video games with the dramatic surround effects of a 5.1-channel soundtrack.
The company also said that Monster Music SuperDiscs are also the first music releases to be certified by THX for high quality sound and picture, multiple surround experiences, and digital music file quality.
One of the first to be released is a SuperDisc of Ray Charles - Genius Loves Company, winner of 8 Grammy Awards including Album of the Year and Best Surround Sound Album. In addition, Universal is releasing the latest live DVD of "3 Doors Down" exclusively through Monster Music. Other titles in the first group of releases include: Vince Guaraldi's Original Soundtrack Recording for "A Charlie Brown Christmas"; David Benoit's brainchild -- a 40th Anniversary Salute to "A Charlie Brown Christmas" featuring guest artists' new interpretations of the classic tracks; a powerful live set by jazz great Peter Cincotti complete with a concert video performance.
Monster Music SuperDiscs will cover all popular genres. However, unlike a music label that signs artists, Monster Music is mainly working with other labels to release SuperDisc versions of their top artists and top releases, often at the same time as the label's regular CD release.