As I mentioned previously in my post on SACD (and DSD), there are a number of SACDs I have digitally ripped over the years that appear to be sourced from 44kHz PCM. This is of course the same sample rate as good ol' RedBook CD and therefore it's unlikely that these titles should sound any "better" than the CD release since the PCM-to-DSD conversion process will add some distortion to the original signal.
It's not difficult to detect these releases because of the "brickwall" loss of frequencies beyond 22kHz. Note that this list is of course unofficial and even though there's evidence that these come from 44 or 48kHz PCM, it's still possible they're from 24-bit data which could still be "hi-res".
By no means do I believe this is a complete list - just ones I've run into over the years or confirmed by friends. I have tried to comment on these SACDs as part of my reviews on places like SA-CD.net but notice that these comments tend to get censored over time - I guess I can't blame them since they have something to sell :-).
Similar situations exist in the DVD-A world especially with upsampled 24/192 material (alas I never kept track of all these but remember Frank Sinatra At The Sands was likely upsampled). Here's an example from Donald Fagen's Kamakiriad DVD-A:
|From "Countermoon" - 5.1 24/96, actually just 24/44 at best. Probably run through an analog path at some point which added the noise >22.05kHz.|
In alphabetical order of artists by common first names (threw in a few spectral screenshots):
Aaron Neville - Nature Boy (2004, 44.1kHz stereo, 48kHz 5.1 mix)
Air Supply - The Definitive Collection (2003 SACD)
Al Di Meola - Consequence Of Chaos (2006 Telarc, multichannel mix looks good though)
|From "San Marco"|
Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan - In Session (Probably 48kHz upsample, 2003)
Alison Krauss - Forget About It (2003 SACD, probably 48kHz upsample)
|From "Baby, Now That I've Found You"|
Andrew Lloyd Webber - The Phantom Of The Opera OST (2004 Joel Schumacher movie)
Antonio Carlos Jobim - The Composer of Desfinado, Plays (2011 SHM-SACD)
Art Pepper - New York Album (2016 Analogie Productions DSD, 48kHz source)
|"A Night in Tunisia"|
Babatunde Olatunji - Circle of Drums (2005 Chesky Records)
Baiba Skride - Bach Bartok Ysaye (2004 SACD)
|From "Corrente - Partita No. 2"|
|From "Wooden Heart"|
|From "Blue Lou"|
Beoga - Live At Stockfisch Studio (2010)
|From "Factory Girl"|
Bill Evans - You Must Believe In Spring (2011 Japanese SHM-SACD)
|From "Without A Song"|
Billie Holiday - Body And Soul (2011 Analogue Productions SACD)
|From "They Can't Take That Away From Me"|
Bon Jovi - This Left Feels Right (2004 SACD, 5.1 mix is OK!)
|From "Bad Medicine"|
|From "You Can See Everything"|
|From "Thunderstorm, Allegro"|
Carolyn Sampson - Victorious Love (2007 BIS) - 44.1kHz stereo and multichannel mixes.
Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman (2011 Analogue Productions - surprising! Maybe 48kHz source)
|From "Wild World"|
|From "Beauty And The Beast"|
Charles Mingus - Supreme Jazz (Arizona, 1922 - Mexico, 1979) (2006 release by Membran Music. 44kHz samplerate both 2.0 and 5.1.) I believe the David Brubeck Supreme Jazz release is like this as well.
Chicago (Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2002 SACD - both 2.0 and 5.1 appear 44kHz upsampled)
Christian Schmitt & Bamberger Symphoniker - Charles-Marie Widor: Symphony for Organ & Orchestra Op. 42, Sinfonia Sacra Op. 81 (2009 SACD - both 2.0 and 5.0 look like 24/44)
Claire Martin & Richard Rodney Bennett - When Lights Are Low (2005 Linn SACD - both 2.0 and 5.1 frequency limited to ~20kHz)
|From "My One & Only"|
|From "I Can't Stop Loving You"|
Dana Winner - Unforgettable Too (2002)
David Bowie - Reality (2003, clearly just 44.1kHz for both 2.0 and 5.1 mixes)
Dead Can Dance - MFSL SACD Box Set (2008)
|From "The Carnival Is Over" on Into The Labyrinth|
Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms (2005 release - well known PCM recording)
|From "Money For Nothing"|
Don McLean - American Pie (2016 SACD of 2003 remaster)
|From "American Pie"|
Duke Ellington & Count Basie - First Time! The Count Meets The Duke (1999 Sony SACD)
|From "Battle Royal"|
|From "(Reach Up For The) Sunrise"|
Enigma - MCMXC a.D. (2016 Virgin SACD - I'm guessing this was recorded at 44kHz.)
|From "Principles of Lust"|
|From "Gabriel's Oboe"|
|From "Give A Little More"|
|From "Running On Faith"|
|From "Ten Long Years"|
Five For Fighting - America Town (2003 Release, both 2.0 & 5.1 at best 48kHz)
|From "Superman (It's Not Easy)"|
Free - Tons of Sobs (2014 Japanese SHM-SACD)
|From "Wild Indian Woman"|
Goldfrapp - Supernature (2005, clearly 44kHz 2.0 material, likely 48kHz 5.1 mix)
Grover Washington, Jr. - Prime Cuts: The Columbia Years 1987-1999 (1999 SACD - looks like just 44kHz)
Harry Connick, Jr. - We Are In Love (2000 Sony)
|From "Recipe For Love"|
|From "Crazy On You"|
|From "Fill It Up Again"|
Jacques Loussier - Impressions On Chopin's Nocturnes (2004 Telarc) - says 24-bit PCM on box, looks like 44kHz both stereo & multichannel.
Jacques Loussier Trio - The Best of Play Bach (2004 Telarc) - says PCM on the box, looks like 48kHz surround and multichannel.
|From "Toccata & Fugue in D Minor"|
|From "Leaving Port"|
James Taylor - Hourglass - very disappointed by this one!
|From "The Well"|
- Also, the CD layer has DR7 vs. SACD stereo layer with DR11. Different mixes with very dynamically compressed CD layer!
John Eliot Gardiner & Philharmonia Orchestra - Grainger: The Warriors & Holst: The Planets (2003)
John Williams - E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Soundtrack. 44.1kHz both stereo and multichannel as per Kiko.
Joshua Bell & Philharmonia Orchestra - Bernstein: West Side Story Suite (both 2.0 and multichannel originated as 44.1kHz)
Journey - Greatest Hits. 22kHz cut as per Kiko.
Keane - Hopes And Fears (2004 SACD - 2.0 layer looks like 48kHz and better DR master than CD release, 5.1 layer clearly 44kHz)
Keb' Mo' - Just Like You (2002 SACD - same DR as CD, 5.1 also looks like 44kHz upsample)
|From 'Perpetual Blues Machine'|
Ken Ishiwata's Band - Marantz: Ken Ishiwata's 30th Anniversary (2009)
Kenny Loggins - Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: The Greatest Hits
|From "This Is It"|
Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu (2008 SACD)
Lee Ann Womack - Greatest Hits (2004 SACD - looks like analogue tape conversion of music recorded in 44kHz for 2.0. Multichannel looks like 48kHz.)
|From "You've Got To Talk To Me"|
|From "Arizona Skies"|
Louis Armstrong - Satch Plays Fats (2000 Sony SACD, 44.1kHz)
Ludacris - Chicken -N- Beer (2003 SACD - at best 48kHz 2.0 and 5.1)
Mandelring Quartett - Mendelssohn Complete String Chamber Music Vol. 1 (Audite SACD, 2012)
|From Track 3|
|From 'Georgia On My Mind'|
|From 'Thank Heaven For Little Girls'|
Michael Bolton - Greatest Hits 1985-1995 (2001 Sony/Columbia SACD - no surprise; DR8 so IMO never needed 24-bit anyway!)
|From 'That's What Love Is All About'|
Michael McDonald - Motown 2 (2004)
Mike Stern - These Times (2004 - stereo looks like a 16/44 with DR9, multichannel 48kHz)
Miles Davis - Seven Steps To Heaven (2010 Analogue Productions release, 3.0 multichannel track looks OK though!)
|From "Basin Street Blues"|
Monty Alexander - Monty Meets Sly and Robbie (2000 Telarc SACD - both stereo and multichannel look like 48kHz source)
Moya Brennan - Two Horizons (2003 SACD. 2.0 layer is same as CD. 5.1 layer 48kHz.)
Nancy Sinatra - Super Audio Best (2011 Japanese SACD release) - noisy and 22kHz limited - might as well convert to 16/44.
Nat King Cole - Welcome To The Club (2013 Audio Fidelity)
|From "The Blues Don't Care"|
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Arnold Schoenberg Chor & Concentus Musicus Wien - Handel Messiah (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 2005 SACD) - both 2.0 & multichannel upsampled.
|From "Air Ev'ry Valley Shall Be Exalted" (CD1)|
Original Broadway Cast - A Chorus Line (1998 SACD)
|From "Have You Met Miss Jones?"|
Peter Gabriel - So (2003 release - I suspect 44kHz recording but transferred from magnetic tape to DSD, thus the tape bias in the high frequencies and higher noise)
Peter Tosh - Legalize It (2002 Sony). Multichannel track looks like a 48kHz source.
|From "Legalize It"|
Poncho Sanchez - Conga Blue (2003 Release, multichannel looks good)
|From "Conga Blue"|
Ricky Martin - Sound Loaded (was there ever any doubt!?)
Rush - Presto (2014 Audio Fidelity SACD... Likely recorded in 44kHz in 1989.)
|From "Show Don't Tell"|
Sam Cooke - Ain't That Good News (2003 SACD)
|From "Tennessee Waltz"|
Sarah Brightman - La Luna (like above, stereo SACD layer DR8 vs. CD layer DR9)
Sarah Brightman & The London Symphony Orchestra - Time To Say Goodbye (2004 SACD. Stereo DR7, multichannel DR9. Both look like 48kHz source. Probably no point keeping 24-bits due to poor DR.)
|From "Time To Say Goodbye"|
|From Steve Strauss - "Closer"|
|From "How Am I To Know"|
Spyro Gyra - In Modern Times (2001 SACD release - 44kHz upsample both 2.0 & 5.1, the original HDTracks 24/96 was upsampled 44kHz as well)
|From "Feelin' Fine"|
Spyro Gyra - Original Cinema (2.0 appears to be 44kHz but better master than CD [DR12 vs. DR8], 5.1 looks good though)
|From "Bump It Up"|
Suitcase Pimps - Love Is Grand (2003)
Tears For Fears - Songs From The Big Chair (2014 SHM-SACD, I suspect it's a PCM recording source)
|From "Head Over Heels"|
|From "Stormy Monday"|
- Note the multichannel Columbia/Legacy layer seems to be OK.
|From "Take Five" original Columbia/Legacy SACD.|
The InTime Quintet & Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra - Piazzolla In Time (2004) - both 2.0 and 5.0 look like 44kHz upsamples.
The Police - Synchronicity (2016 SHM-SACD, was this album recorded in digital?)
Toby Keith - Shock'N Y'All (2004 SACD, both 2.0 and 5.1 appear to be 48kHz source)
|From "I Love This Bar"|
Tony Bennett - Playin' With My Friends (2001 release)
Tony Bennett & k.d. lang - A Wonderful World (2002 release, both stereo & multichannel from 44kHz)
|From "La Vie en Rose"|
|From "Willin' To Learn"|
Vanessa-Mae - The Violin Player (2004 SACD - appears to be 24/48 at best both stereo & multichannel)
Vangelis - Blade Runner Soundtrack (2013 Audio Fidelity SACD) - I suspect the original recording was done in 44.1kHz.
|From "Wait For Me"|
Various - Linn Records Surround Sampler Volume 2 (2006 - both 2.0 and 5.1 layers contain either 44.1 or 48kHz upsampled material. Isn't this rather disappointing as an audiophile demo disk?)
Various - Natural Jazz Recordings (30th Anniversary Fone Records SACD130 from NativeDSD.com, this is interesting, I tested the 1st 3 tracks and they all looked 44/48kHz upsampled.)
|Josh Sklair "Beyond Words"|
Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Boy Named Charlie Brown (2004 release, 48kHz source?)
Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas (2003 release)
Waylon Jennings - Analog Pearls Vol. 1 (2014 Stockfisch SACD, old analog recording, why release an SACD like this in 2014?!)
|From "River Boy"|
Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer & Mark O'Connor - Appalachian Journey (2000)
Yo-Yo Ma - Soul Of The Tango (2003 release)
Zoot Sims - Zoot Sims And The Gershwin Brothers (2003 Release, looks like 48kHz upsample)
Zucchero "Sugar" Fornaciari - Blue's (2004 SACD - DR9 compression and no better than 16/44 for both 2.0 and 5.1! Original 1987 CD was DR13 BTW.)
Zucchero "Sugar" Fornaciari - Rispetto (2004 SACD - DR6 dynamic compression, no better than 16/44. 5.1 track looks like DSP-derived "virtual surround". Just awful release.)
Interesting how the list includes "audiophile" labels and even demo/promo material like the Ken Ishiwata Marantz SACD, MFSL, Linn, even Japanese SHM-SACD. I think it also doesn't help the SACD cause that early Sony SACDs like the Brubeck and Monk are among these. I estimate about a quarter of the SACDs I've had a chance to evaluate consisting of eclectic rock, classical, and jazz disks are of the suspected-44/48kHz-upsampled variety.
Remember that I'm not saying these SACDs are bad sounding, just that in principle, the CD layer could be a more accurate representation of the music since there's no PCM-DSD conversion going on. In fact, many of these sound great and suggests that CD quality may be good enough. Unless there's a multichannel mix that you want on these disks or the mastering is somehow different (eg. less dynamic compression), IMO, there's no point paying extra for these SACDs.
Feel free to drop me a note if you know more about the releases (eg. can confirm if 24-bit source) or if you know of other upsampled disks.
Musical selection tonight: On an 80's kick right now. Going to have a re-listen to Midnight Oil's Diesel And Dust to get into the weekend mood... First pressing from 1987 of course. :-)