Listening to Now (In Surround) - Volume 2

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This is actually AWESOME–makes wonderful use of surround! Mad LOVE to @humprof
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John Luther Adams Strange and Sacred Noise

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Another stunning 3 Channel SACD on the Verve Label from Analogue Productions



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This one I did buy from Acoustic Sounds, the only 3-channel in my collection, and a favorite.
What could me more natural than a jazz trio spread across three front speakers?
Wonderful it is still in print and available from the audiophile hotbed of Salina, Kansas.

This Apple Music Atmos stream by the same trio from the previous year is a new favorite, highest recommendation.
(Just don't expect discreteness from the surround channels ;))

Wiki: Night Train (Oscar Peterson album) - Wikipedia

On the title track,
After the opening theme choruses, Peterson slips into a 2-chorus solo. Then the theme returns, and we realize that all the while, the band has gotten softer and softer. This leads into Brown's solo, which is unaccompanied to start, and then adds, in turn, Peterson and Thigpen. When Peterson comes in for another chorus of solo, everything starts to build again. Peterson plays a boogie figure in the bass to build the intensity, and then the trio plays a simple but effective shout chorus and then goes back to the theme with a strong crescendo to nearly the end, with a traditional Count Basie tag to close the track. By using the basic elements of crescendo and diminuendo, and arranged sections to set off the parts, Peterson turns what could have been a throwaway into a minor masterpiece.[3]
Ed Thigpen's rivet cymbal, recorded at very close range, is prominent on all issues of the album.
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Another Surround Master session for a quiet Sunday morning. Lots of harp swirling around the room. Beautiful music in the same vein of Lord of Lords.

Alice Coltrane - World Galaxy (1972) Impulse QS encoded CD

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Not a fan of this album, myself--but for those who are:
(It's just been reprinted.)
 

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dts SURROUND.9 DEMO DVD
*now I need to decide on some of these dts ES 6.1 files (if and) where to down mix in that extra odd duck 7 channel for my 5.1 system :unsure:
- I don't remember, so Question... what do dts decoders with ES capabilities do with that ES 7 channel on a 5.1 only system???

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dts SURROUND.9 DEMO DVD
*now I need to decide on some of these dts ES 6.1 files (if and) where to down mix in that extra odd duck 7 channel for my 5.1 system :unsure:
- I don't remember, so Question... what do dts decoders with ES capabilities do with that ES 7 channel on a 5.1 only system???

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its split into both Rears equally (i.e. Channel 7 content is duplicated in both Channels 5 & 6) and so should image in the Centre Back in a properly setup 5.1 system, as it would in a 6.1 setup.

that said, if the Rears are out of kilter, it can feel like things are lopsided back there at times.

an easy (new) layman's way to adjust the Rears (Ch. 5 & 6) is to play the wrongly-assigned Edgar Winter Quad track "Easy Street" in Dolby Audio on Apple Music (where lead vocals are erroneously in Stereo in the Rears rather than the Fronts) and once you've got those vocals bang in the Centre Back and not off to one side, you're in business 🥳

edit: i should add, just as with the Front pair, adjustments may need to be made to both the distance and volume settings of both Rears in order to get them to image properly back there 🙂
 
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