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    Default HI-REZ DVD-Audio and SACD Reference-Quality Recommendations

    Polkies,

    I like to start a thread that hopefully can become a sticky, for us to exchange Information on Audition/Demo Reference quality for Hi-Rez DVD-Audio and SACD. Whether they are Stereo or Multi-Channels is not a factor, as long as you feel that they produce the best sound it can be. Ideally, your recommendation(s) would be something that you have first-hand experience.

    Criteria of evaluation: With no added processing (i.e. Source Direct, Pure-Direct modes)
    - Recording Quality
    - Low: tight, deep, controlled
    - Mid: Vocal, instrument separation, decay
    - High: clean top end

    Please feel free to add any other qualities that you deem appropriate to be considered as Reference Quality.

    Let me start off with:

    Steely Dan - Gaucho

    http://www.amazon.com/Gaucho-DVD-Aud.../dp/B0001JXQDI
    I am sorry, I have no opinion on the matter. I am sure you do. So, don't mind me, I just want to talk audio and pie.

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    Morph The Cat DVD-Audio
    Brothers In Arms SACD
    Dark Side Of The Moon SACD
    Blue Man Group The Complex DVD-Audio
    Any Porcupine Tree DVD-A
    SDA-1C (full mods)
    Eico ST-70 Integrated Tube Amp fully rebuilt and modded
    Rega Planar 3 TT/Shelter 501 MkII
    Nitty Gritty 1.5FI RCM
    The Clamp
    Revox A77 Mk IV Dolby
    Thorens TD160/Mission 774 arm/Stanton 881S Shibata
    Nakamichi CR7 Cassette Deck
    Rotel RCD-855 with tube output stage
    Cambridge Audio DACmagic Plus
    DBX 3BX-DS
    DBX 224-DS
    ADC Soundshaper 3 EQ
    Ben's IC's

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    +1 to any Porcupine Tree, except maybe Deadwing

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    The Eagles, Hotel California, DVD-A
    The Eagles, Hell Freezes Over, DVD-A
    Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, SACD
    The Carpenters, Greatest Hits, SACD
    Queen, Night At The Opera, DVD-A
    Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, DVD-A
    Olivia Newton-John, One Womans Live Journey, DVD-A
    Deep Purple, Machine Head, DVD-A
    The Police, Every Breath You Take, SACD
    Eric Clapton, 461 Ocean Blvd, SACD
    Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, DVD-A
    Blue Man Group, Audio, DVD-A
    Billy Joel, The Stranger, SACD
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    Beck - Sea Change

    Very good audio from the SACD. Don't recommend the DVD-A version as much.

    Greg

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    Elton John's "Honky Chateau" and "Madman across the Water" SACD's
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    Jonatha Brooke--Steady Pull, DVD-A is one of my favorites, great sound and enjoyable extras on this one.

    David Elias--The Window, SACD, great music just for the sake of music, some of the tracks are haunting in their sound and lyric.

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    Anything I've heard from Chesky Records on SACD.

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    Big Phat Band - XXL - DVD-Audio

    This is definitely a Top-Notch surround 5.1 demo disc. Bass, vocal, brass horns going around, and mastering quality are incredible.
    I am sorry, I have no opinion on the matter. I am sure you do. So, don't mind me, I just want to talk audio and pie.

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    http://www.buenavistasocialclub.com/

    Buena Vista Social Club - DVD-Audio

    A little story: Back in the heydey of DVD-A (2000-2003) I read about the rave reviews of this album. But it never intrigue me to purchase it. So a few years past by and sometimes in 2006 I ran into a sale (DVD-As and SACD) over at Borders, and I saw this album again. I thought maybe I should just buy it and decided later whether I like it or not. More so for the fact that DVD-A format is dying. Fast forward to this week, as I am doing burn-in of Modwright and plop it in. Well, I am very impressed with the recording quality, and it's a very prominence influence of latin rhytm musicality. I don't speak the language, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the music.

    Since this DVD-A is OOP, price is upward $40s for used, and $60s for new.
    I am sorry, I have no opinion on the matter. I am sure you do. So, don't mind me, I just want to talk audio and pie.

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