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HiRez Poll Fagen, Donald - THE NIGHTFLY [DVD-A/SACD-JAPAN]

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humprof

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Released 35 years ago today (October 1, 1982). If I could, I might deduct a couple tenths of a point for the fact that the (comparatively) low-res source means it's a little harsh on middle-aged ears at high volumes. But it's such a glorious mix, and not a dud track on the album. The title track is my least fave, but the joy of "The Goodbye Look" and "Walk Between the Raindrops" lingers for hours...
 

leevitalone1

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I have the Nightfly Trilogy box. So what is that DVD-A? Something else? It doesn't really say, I don't think. No matter, the audio is excellent. Easy "10". Love the album. And the sound and surround mix get none better.

One of my most played surround discs. "Maxine" in surround is system-demo material.
This was on dvd a before the trilogy set. in fact all 3 are dvd audio. I have the complete fagen -dan set in dvd a
the newer stuff is great not that any is bad, just old masters.
 

ashr1565

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Just listening to this on SACD now, no rating now but sounds very good, nice sort of relaxed yet discrete mix. The best steely dan album gets a great surround treatment :p I can see where people think this can be a bit harsh, but I think there's just a lot of treble going on?

This album is a toe tapper though, heard it a few times on CD and liked it there too. And Elliot Scheiner is a name I'll remember going forward.
 

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I can see where people think this can be a bit harsh, but I think there's just a lot of treble going on?

This album is a toe tapper though, heard it a few times on CD and liked it there too. And Elliot Scheiner is a name I'll remember going forward.

The "harshness " can be attributed to this album being a true digital recording. It was one of the earliest albums recorded this way.
This mix is one of the gold standards for 5.1 mixes. It's a demo disc in my house
 

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The harshness can also be if you're listening to the SACD and your system doesn't bass-manage DSD. Converting DSD to PCM will probably solve this.
But that's one reason why I prefer DVD-A when there's a choice.
 

edisonbaggins

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I really don't know how to do that. I have an Oppo 980-H, if that helps
It's in the audio setup. Page 22 of the manual.
I know it's not always the issue, but SACD = harsh or unsatisfying, compared to DVD-A is definitely a trend around here, and I think lack of bass-management is the reason much of the time.
I thought the Duke SACD was harsh as hell and was super-disappointed upon first listen, preferring the DTS DVD. I changed SACD output to PCM and I love the SACD now.
 

ashr1565

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The harshness can also be if you're listening to the SACD and your system doesn't bass-manage DSD. Converting DSD to PCM will probably solve this.
But that's one reason why I prefer DVD-A when there's a choice.
I listen on a PS3 which converts to PCM!
 
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