Brisbane, Calif.-based Monster Cable Products on Monday announced the launch of
a new collection of audio discs for audiophiles who want “high definition” music for their iPods.
Most SuperDiscs include two discs — one’s a stereo mix designed to work on a standard CD player, and the other features “High Definition” surround sound in Dolby Digital and DTS 96/24 format, as well as PCM 96/24 stereo, for playback on a DVD player. Some discs also feature multiple mixes that let users select their own “Surround Experience.”
The SuperDiscs also include digital music files encoded in AAC format at 320Kbps, WMA at 192Kbps and Apple Lossless (PCM 48/16). Also included are Dolby headphone-encoded music files that Monster says will given iPod users a surround sound music experience through any headphones.
Monster is working on both its own Monster Music titles in the SuperDisc format, along with other music labels. The company will launch SuperDiscs in November 2005 with a small initial group. One of the first to be released is a SuperDisc of “Ray charles — Genius Loves Company,” two releases from jazz pianist, singer and songwriter Peter Cincotti, and a concert performance of 3 Doors Down.