I totally agree. This is an awesome surround disc from a band I never thought I would care for. The fidelity and resolution of this disc is as good as it gets for a pop title. The surround mix is exceptional. I was surprised at how many "hits" there are here! Not being familiar with the band, I instantly recognized the first four cuts when I heard them.Guy Robinson said:In my opinion this is sonically one of the best DVD-A's out there. Very powerful sound with a great surround mix, especially on "Hole In The River". I used this one a lot for demos.
I used to love isolating vocals into the center back when I first heard James Taylor's "Hourglass" SACD a number of years ago. But now that's one of the things I absolutely can't stand. Well... Sometimes, I can tolerate it; but it seems that so many times I find myself wishing the mix would've used less center speaker and a little more left/right.dr. simple said:...the lead vocal being isolated and dry in the center channel. I'm sure not everyone likes this, but for me it's awesome
I am generally not a fan of the center channel since not many 5.1 mixes utilize it effectively (I'd rather have a good 4.0 or 4.1 mix over a mediocre 5.1 mix) but my favorite use of the center channel is for isolating the lead vocal. This is one reason why I think the Crowded House mix ranks right up there.Eugenius said:I used to love isolating vocals into the center back when I first heard James Taylor's "Hourglass" SACD a number of years ago. But now that's one of the things I absolutely can't stand. Well... Sometimes, I can tolerate it; but it seems that so many times I find myself wishing the mix would've used less center speaker and a little more left/right.
Ever compared the 24 bit stereo to the MLP stereo? I'd guess they would some about the same but I don't know since the dualdisc omitted the MLP stereo.neil wilkes said:I have only just got this disc, and it really is truly superb. A 10 out of 10 with no shadow of a doubt.
This, to my mind, is how these discs SHOULD be authored - autoplay straight into the main album, no messing around with menus - plus it has all the streams in all the resolutions:
MLP 5.1, MLP Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1, 24 bit stereo on the Video_TS as well.
It's not fussy, and everything is simple to get at - if you want to.
The mixes really are good too. As has been said before here - it is superb for checking the system setups as well.
This disc says as clear as a bell "The MUSIC is the part that matters, not the visuals"
I found cranking up the volume a tad louder helped a little..."Don't Dream It's Over" - opening bass line is buried, and the "Hey Now, Hey Now" section is botched - they took out Neil's lead vox during that phrase! Now it's only back vox. Argh! Oh well...it's only the biggest hit of the album and one of the biggest hits of that decade...It also sounds small; not majestic like the stereo mix. There's something missing...