The Classic Hybrid DVD Audio Disc (HDAD) is a two-sided DVD disc with 24/192 PCM data playable on DVD Audio players on one side, and 24/96 PCM data playable on DVD Video players on the other side. The Classic HDAD is a truly universal DVD disc playable on all DVD players. So if you have a DVD video player, you can play the DVD Video side of the HDAD - insert the disc with the Blue center ring facing up and enjoy 24/96 playback resolution. On a DVD Audio player, simply flip the disc over with the Red ring facing up and enjoy 24/192 playback resolution.

The man behind the recording of Dark Side of the Moon is none other than Alan Parsons. If you want to hear what is his definitive recording and a bit of the Dark Side then this is it. I Robot was produced and engineered by Alan at Abbey Road Studios and is an audiophile’s dream recording. Transferred on an all-tube cutting system from the original 1/4" analog master tapes at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

1. I Robot
2. I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You
3. Some Other Time
4. Breakdown
5. Don't Let It Show
6. The Voice
7. Nucleus
8. Day After Day
9. Total Eclipse
10. Genesis Ch. 1 V.32

Customer Reviews (4.78 Stars) 18 person(s) rated this product.


posted on 06/11/2011
5 Stars
The 24/192 DVD audio side is incredible with dynamic and nuance that I have never heard before on this recording even when compared with the MFSL vinyl. Please release more titles in the 24/192 format.

Incredible two-channel imaging

posted on 05/18/2008
5 Stars
Reviewer: Dave
I listened in two-channel 24/192 and was blown away by the sonics. Close your eyes and the sound stage is 180-degrees wide. The fade at the end of "Genisis Ch.1V.32" slowly moves from covering and surrounding you to fading into a very distant ball of sound that covers only about 5-degrees. Only in that final fade do you hear the tape hiss from the original master.

Musically this is very good. There's thick layering of chorus, orchestra, rock instruments, etc. The clarity of it all is astounding. Really it's a masterpiece from this era.

Boy, I hope one day that the entire Beattles songbook will get this 24/192 treatment. Abbey Road studios evidently had great equipment.

HDAD brings this one to life!

posted on 02/19/2008
5 Stars
Reviewer: Richard L.
Wow! One of the first two DVD-Audio albums I've ever bought and it's an absolute winner. I have had the CD of this recording for years, and the DVD-Audio revealed detail and tone as well as solid imaging that you just do not get on CD. MUST HAVE for fans of Alan Parsons!!

A nice suprise!

posted on 01/23/2007
5 Stars
This was my first HDCD. I cant imagine this recording could ever sound better? I set my OppO DVD player to 24/192 and was blown away. This CD plays clear at very high volume and never breaks up. NICE!

Very cool !

posted on 12/16/2006
5 Stars
This album always blew me away with it's unique sound, which is now more 'mind-blowing' in 5.1 sound.

SACD it's not...

posted on 12/08/2006
4 Stars
I wish I could tell you that this rendition of I Robot lived up to my expectations. This was supposed to be as good as DVD Audio could be, however, it had a background hiss that was not only unexpected, but distracting. The Doors LA Woman is my benchmark for DVD Audio; I Robot missed that mark by a large margin. It's a shame that such a great work hasn't made it to SACD. Allen Parsons would not be impressed.

Outstanding two channel recording

posted on 10/24/2006
5 Stars
Reviewer: Cosmic Cowboy
Although I have always liked Alan Parsons, the only copy I have of his work is a casette tape my brother made in the 80's. It just may be that I've had so many other artists that I love that somehow Alan Parson got left behind in my collection. So I don't have a CD or vinyl copy to compare. But I must say the quality of this recording is outstanding. You are listening to sound of the master tapes and they did a great job with the masters. I don't have an issue with the fact that this is a 2 channel release. The sound stage is huge, it fills the room with music. I find it amazing that when the original recording was done in such an immaculate manner that we can go back after 20 years, digitize the master tapes and come out with such great sound. I think back in the days before mp3 and digital music the industry had a stronger focus on sonic quality. The record labels need to bring out more DVDA. Back to 'I Robot' ... it has great techno rock with best in class sound.


posted on 06/09/2006
5 Stars
Reviewer: Walter Frank
is provided with the 24/196 stereo track. The difference between the HDAD and the rare MFSL-CD can just be described as "dramatic". Yet, the MFSL-CD is a great recording, but evidently not "state of the art". I Robot on HDAD is a "must have" for hifi-enthusiasts.

Very similar to vinyl offering.......highly recommended.

posted on 05/20/2006
5 Stars

The Master Tape - And They're Not Kidding

posted on 02/27/2006
4 Stars
Reviewer: Mark
This has been my absolute favorite from Alan Parsons and the overall fidelity is excellent. During the opening track there is noticeable hiss and a few analog tape "bumps." Obviously there was no attempt to clean up/re-master which is a small disappointment. But it says it's the Master and tape can be noisy. You will definitely hear detail and great imaging not found on garden variety CD issues.

Clarity ahead!

posted on 01/28/2006
5 Stars
Reviewer: Jim
Have this on cd, and an origiabnl album, possibly a mastered edition from way back this version and this is the best...heard nuances as never before. Too bad not multi channel and wish his DTS ablums where put out especially On Air and A Valid Path ...and hopefully one day reaching back Pyramid would be more than welcome in any higher def format


posted on 11/20/2005
4 Stars
This was one of my favorite albums gorowing up. It not only brings back a lot of memories but it sounds amazing. You haven't heard this album until you hear it in this format.

Classic(al) Rock at its Finest

posted on 11/06/2005
5 Stars
Reviewer: Jeff
The Chorus of "Breakdown" is worth the price of this recording alone. "Don't Let It Show" is a masterpiece of depicting the class divisions in the UK as it unravels its uplifting hymn to those condemned to the grayness of living in the lower class of society. Pure fun here. I'm waiting for my microwave to take control of the kitchen. Asimov should be proud because this is CLASSIC Rock.

Strange format - technically perfect disc

posted on 03/15/2005
5 Stars
Reviewer: Michael
The strange thing about this disc is that out of the circle of listeners it was designed for, probably only very few will know the true promise of it. This disc represents the sound of the original mastertape in stereo in the currently highest possible resolution (192kHz), something usually only vinyl lovers would aspire. To really enjoy it though, a high resolution DVD-Audio-Player (not your standard DVD-video-machine) is necessary, a component vinylites would normally turn away from in disgust. Thus the intention of this disc is substantially remote from the artificially beefed up multichannel 70s rock recordings you encounter these days. This having said, it is the technical ultimate version of this famous 70s recording. Whether you like the music obviously everyone must decide for himself.

Another excellent HDAD.

posted on 03/03/2005
5 Stars
Reviewer: James R. Geib
Being an Alan Parsons fan, I purchased I Robot, HDAD, on a whim.

I Robot is a classic, classic-rock album (pun intended), and the HDAD version only improves on an already great compilation. Yes, this is stereo only. It is not a remix in 5.1, but rather an improved transfer from the master tapes, and it is an improvement over previous CD releases. I listen on a modest, entry-level high end system, and I'm in audio bliss when it comes to this album. If your DVD player is DVD-Audio capable, give this a try.

Truly great albums recorded properly on SACD and DVD-Audio are a treat for audio enthusiasts, and I Robot on HDAD is no exception.

Recommended buy!!!

Responding to Geoff's review...

posted on 01/09/2005
5 Stars
Reviewer: Eric Seaberg
Notice in the description it says this is TRANSFERRED FROM THE 1/4" ANALOG TAPES, meaning it's a Two-Track STEREO mix. Don't expect to get a 5.1 out of it!!

I'm going to buy it anyway since I have an original vinyl copy that's been played to death!

Stereo sound

posted on 04/13/2004
4 Stars
Reviewer: Geoff DuBois
I bought this to play on my Pioneer #DV-563A DVD player. All I can get is to channel sound. It sound great, but, I want the 5.1 channel sound. It will play on either side with just stereo sound! Whats wrong?

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