Here's a copy of an email that I just sent to Tacet regarding a recent purchase:
I just received a copy of your SACD "The Best of Tacet on SACD 2004 /2005" and I must say that the quality of the sound is brilliant. However, the full use of surround was not utilized to the fullest of it's potential. There is no use of the center or the subwoofer channels and they are sorely missed. When utilized properly they set a recording far apart from the usual mundaneness that abounds in the classical genre.
What I am wondering is this, do any of your DVD-A's make full use of the center and subwoofer channels? If yes, then can you please let me know which ones do so I can order them and avoid the others. I was so hoping that your "Best Of" title would give me some insight as to what titles to order and get what I am looking for in classical surround music. Instead all it did was confirm the titles that I am not interested in.
Also, it would be very helpful if you could just make it very clear on your website, in your item descriptions, exactly how the disc is laid out channel by channel so that your customers can make informed choices. That would be more useful to me than the numerous reviews that you have listed that don't even make it clear, half the time, if they are even reviewing it in a true surround setup that is intended for audiophile listening or if they are just listening through a home theatre that is setup for watching movies. In my home they are not one and the same.
In closing I would just like to say that surround classical music is a match made in heaven when it gets done properly. Unfortunately the vast majority of us that prefer a surround sound are having to resort to spreading the sound throughout the soundfield with our vintage synthesizer / receivers. It would be so much nicer to have things recorded and mixed in surround in the first place. Why record something in stereo and then put it in a 6 channel format? And if thats not bad enough, then only use 4 of the 6 channels. I hope you can help me out here with some really good surround recommendations!