But at least the DTS discs had a viable LFE channel. I could do without the center channel if it's more faithful to the original mix, but UMG could have created a good .1 for the SACD's.The DTS discs released that were taken from Quad masters either had a mild contrived center channel, or nothing going on at all. Either way, hardly noticable.
I think they both sound great. The idea was also to release DOFP as an SQ LP, but I don't think that mix would have been good for SQ. Too much center-back information that would have cancelled out when played in mono, or if the record were played on an FM station and listened to on a mono radio. The Moody Blues' music is a different breed of rock music; as I call it, rock for people with brains.This disc has very good fidelity compared to my "remastered" red book CD, but also sounds better than the Moody SACDs in that the high end sounds a little clearer/crisper. The mix is excellent (I'm a fan of aggressive quad-type mixes), with the orchestral sections really benefiting the most from the surround. The music is classic; the kind of album you sit down to on a grey afternoon and drift off... I love it. Probably deserves an 8, but I give it a 9 because I can.