So what you spent on shipping and the import tax is about the delivered price of it in the US if you used the promo discounts here....I just experienced some of "your pain"....I "tried" to purchase a SACD that is hard to find from a 3rd party seller on amazon UK and they sent me a CD instead....so I paid $58 for a used CD...so they wanted this CD back...and I knew it was going to be a PIA...first they sent me this strange contract form...which I didn't want to get involved in...so I contacted amazon UK and they sent me a form to attach to the package and another page with a barcode I had to put inside the package...so off to the Post Office...then a customs form to attach...so I had a choice to send this CD back...it only weighed 4.5 oz...I could send it first class mail...and the cost was $14...I asked if I could get tracking...and to get that.. I had to opt for international priority mail...which would be $50...and I knew I would never get reimbursed for that...amazon.com on 28th April, for $31.91 = $17.14 + $8.98 Shipping + $5.79 UK Import tax
You just touched on something that has puzzled me for quite some time...I can never understand why some people get upset about instrument placement...and perhaps you have touched on the reason...they want to visualize themselves at a concert right in front of them...for me...as long as it sounds good...I don't care where the sounds come from...if it's vintage music that I'm familiar with... my only illusions are in the form of memories I had..back in the day...associated with the music..So all is well. I got the disk ripped. I successfully played the disk through on the system with no stutters or sluggish menus (the Oppo must have just been temperamental).
Im gonna alter my take on the music itself. I described it as.... "the best since DeYoung left, but not as good as anything with DeYoung. It is a bit better than as I like it more than the Roboto stuff. Musically you can tell its kin to masterpieces like Grand Illusion and Pieces.. At any rate it is the best Styx to be released in a long, long while and very much recommended.
And the mix? I don't know. I was never annoyed with some of the musical leads coming from the rear or the "vocals everywhere" effect, or the "sitting in the middle of the drum kit" effect. There are other titles mixed with some of those styles. I thought it was entertaining and enjoyable. No, its not believable as a live performance meant to provide an illusion of reality in my listening room, nor is most of the stuff I play. Above all, I thought it was a creative attempt to do something special. And I think they succeeded. Its a great disc, crank it, If I could find the poll id vote 9
Mettler: I totally agree with that. Now that the three of you — you, Jim, and Tommy, I mean — have made your mark with the 5.1 version of The Mission, how great would it be for you guys to do surround mixes for two of Styx’s most iconic ’70s albums, [1977’s] The Grand Illusion and [1978’s] Pieces of Eight, next?
Evankovich: Oh God — that’s the Holy Grail right there, isn’t it? We’d love to do both of them, no doubt. Unfortunately, we can’t do them right now because we still need to locate the original masters, but if we ever do (slight pause) — well, just make sure your ears are ready for what we have planned.
On the previous album, they were "already" talking about surround pre-release. (IIRC)