Interesting post, you have certainly made me want to try multi-channel SACD. What are your 2 favorites so far?
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Yes I do listen to 5.1 sacd mix over HDMI in my ht rig.
OPPO into nuforce power amps.
Some I prefer to 2 channel, some not. Pretty even mix.
However my favorite that I own atm over 5.1 is Live In Berlin by Depeche Mode.
Ok, it is a BluRay Audio disc but the principle of the 5.1 mix is the same.
True sacd favorite in 5.1 would be Sacred Love by Sting.
I listen to 5.1 mix SACD via Oppo 205=>Anthem AVM-60=> AnthemMCA-525=>Triad Silver Speakers with a Triad dedicated subwoofer amp. The DSP on the AVM-60 helps 5.1 mixes really stand out because it allows the signals in the different channels to hit the LP "corrected". Here is most of what I own (at least the ones I can presently think of (they are not in order of preference):
1. Dire Straits--Brothers in Arms (Highly recommend)
2. Elton John--Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Highly recommend)
3. Elton John--Tumbleweed Connection (Highly recommend)
4. XTC--Nonsuch (Highly recommend)(There is a whole Surround Series of XTC 5.1 mixed and produced by Steven Wilson--he is very good at his craft)
5. The Flaming Lips--Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Highly recommend)
6. Fleetwood Mac--Rumours (Highly recommend)
7. Depeche Mode--Violator (Recommend only if you are a big DM fan--otherwise you probably won’t catch significant differences in the mix IMO)
8. The Persuasions--Sing the Beatles (Not recommended)
9. Pink Floyd--The Dark Side of the Moon (20th Anniversary Edition)(Highest recommendation--If this 5.1 SACD doesn’t do it for you then you probably should forget about this medium.)
10. Bob Dylan--Blood on the Tracks (Highest recommendation)
11. Norah Jones--Come Away With Me (Recommend again only if you are a NJ fan)
12. Yes--Close To The Edge (Not recommended)
13. John Mayer--Room For Squares (Recommend)
14. Donald Fagen--The Nightfly (Highly recommend)(Disclosure--I’m a huge Steely Dan fan and it could cloud my judgment on this one--except for the fact that Fagen is a production perfectionist so--you’re safe)
15. James Taylor--Dad Loves His Work (Highly recommend for drummers--Steve Gadd’s drumming here is mixed terrific)
16. Derek and the Dominos--Layla and Other Assorted Songs (Recommend)
17. Paul McCartney--Live Kisses (Not recommended)(This is a DVD-A)
18. Bruce Springsteen--Devils & Dust (Not recommended)(And I own almost every Bruce Springsteen CD so that tells you something)
19. Roger Waters--Amused to Death (Highly recommend) (Technically mixed in Q Sound--but try it, you’ll like it)
20. Monty Alexander--My America (Not recommended)
21. Herbie Hancock--Gershwin’s World (Recommend)
22. I Ching--Of The Marsh and the Moon (Highly recommend) (recorded in natural surround sound--I don’t know what that means but this is a very very good surround sound SACD)
23. Carlos Kleiber--Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 (Highest recommendation--this is one the best classical recordings of all time IMO and in surround sound its is intoxicating. If you are not a classical music fan listen to this SACD surround sound on a decent system and you will be--yes, it’s that good.)
24. Jarvi--Stravinsky: Petrouchka/The Firebird Suite/Scherzo a la Russe (Highest recommendation--again another superlative recording in 2-channel that becomes "you are in the Symphony Orchestra" in surround sound.)
25. Spano--Rainbow Body (Recommend for Classical music fans)
26. Spano--The Garden of Cosmic Speculation (Highly recommend)(It’s "Classical" but it is not--If you like music that stretches a genre without breaking it this should work for you)
27. Miles Davis--Kind of Blue (Not recommended) (I love MD but this is four channel and I don’t think the mix brings enough to the table--I own Kind of Blue in a standard SACD 2-channel format and Redbook CD and Hi-rez download formats too (and vinyl)--IMO every other medium I own is better than this surround sound mix.
Sorry for the long post--but I actually have listened to all these multiple times.