I got mine, brand new & sealed from Elite Digital about 6 months ago....£70. ( Which was very good, when you see the prices for used / rare copies. )Can still be had for -$50 if you snoop around. I got mine from eBay (in pristine condition) for around that not too long ago.
As Fredblue pointed out on the BDA thread, my modest Tannoy Mercury F3s really do punch well above their weight and this particular SACD shines very nicely through them despite some of the accurate descriptions of some of the less pleasing aspects of the content mentioned above. This disc gets more play when we have guests round who start digging round in my discs. It's a real crowd pleaser for sure.The album is one of my favourites musically, but i'm not very impressed with the mix, even though there's a lot of things going on. The lead vocals sound like they're coming from the end of a tunnel.
Perhaps when I upgrade my speakers, I will feel different about this disc....but I do love, GLORIA !!
I have to agree that this doesn't sound balanced.. The percussion in the rears in the first track is way over the top (for me).I'm just listening to this again, and I couldn't give the mix more than a 6 or 7. I know there's a lot of percussion e.t.c. coming from the rears, but for me, it's almost "too separate". The overall sound is too "tinny & bright" and lacks any kind of warmth, which is disappointing, because I've always loved the album.The instrumentation is too harsh and overwhelms the vocals. The vocals should be the most IMPORTANT thing in any mix / production. The music is worthy of a 10 though.
I think the percussive parts are over the top, throughout. I agree the sound is not balanced.
several Sony single layer SACDs (this Gloria Estefan, Bat Out Of Hell, there's a few others I can't recall at the moment) have 5.1 mixes that just never clicked for me until I moved my rears further away from my listening position (i.e. they're now not as near to my ears as before!)
With all due respect, my dear, I don't think in this instance it has anything to do with position of speakers ( and my front & rears are all of a equal distance ) it's just a poor surround mix ( imho )several Sony single layer SACDs (this Gloria Estefan, Bat Out Of Hell, there's a few others I can't recall at the moment) have 5.1 mixes that just never clicked for me until I moved my rears further away from my listening position (i.e. they're now not as near to my ears as before!)
I know room correction (speaker distances & EQ etc) should compensate for such things (blah blah) but there's no substitute for physically getting the speakers set out properly (imho).. having a layout closer to the diddy little diagram inside those SACD booklets..
is it the ITU standard or something..!? I'm in bed with my iPad and I'm too lazy to get up and check inside an SACD right now.!? Anyhoo.. having the 4 main spkrs approx equidistant from my listening position has worked wonders (for me, on my rig, with discs like those Sony Single Layer 5.1's in particular.).
it is unnaturally mixed and too rear heavy with seriously discrete isolated things in the rears.. but its just so much fun! like some of my favourite quads! An "8" I think (carries its weight)
I'm imaging it ("I've really got to use.. my imagination..!!") yep, thats about right!I HOPE NOT !! ( i'd have a rather strange looking body !! )
My listening position, tends to be in the very centre of my fronts & rears, so imagine a circle and i'm positioned in the centre of it.