Music, discovered again due to SACD…

I recently added SACD playing capabilities to my home hifi system. I connected the cables and searched around for a hybrid CD i might have. I found a sampler, sat down and compared: pure stereo mode, the amplifier doing it’s own 5.1 up-conversion, and then real SACD sound.

I did this for a good 45 minutes with various tracks on the CD, and I was amazed. I never like the 5.1 up-conversion, so I did not expect to be dazzled by SACD, but there is a significant difference in the sound. Where my amplifier just guesses what should happen, and produces a sound that makes me switch back to pure stereo mode right away, here sound engineers have done a good job remixing. The subwoofer is actually engaged, and the overall impression is just that you are sitting in the middle of the stage.

So I ordered a bundle of SACDs, most of them music i wanted to get anyway. As all of them are hybrids nothing prevents me from enjoying them on my iPod, and whenever I feel like just listening, I just switch to SACD…

Here are the ones i can got:

Dave Brubeck Quartet, Time Out
Note, that this is hard to find as a hybrid SACD, but it is worth every penny you pay. Beautiful, crystal clear sound, a must have for every fan of that kind of music.

Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 30 year Anniversary Edition.
Dire Straits, 20 year Anniversary Edition

Both are re-mastered, and very very good SACDs as well as just plain CDs.

Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon. If you don’t have it, this is a good release as a CD. It’s the expected surround mix for SACD.
Ray Charles, Genius loves Company. It was only 9 bucks, so nothing lost here. It’s an average sounding disc.

Also got a few classics, but I had no time yet to listen to them.

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Published in: on February 15, 2007 at 10:38 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. Make sure you pick up Elton’s Honky Chateau SACD. That’s the best sounding SACD my collection. Its clarity will blow your mind! Madman Across the Water is also very good.

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