Artist/Title Info: Santana - Caravanserai 1972
Format: Single Layer SACD
Label: Sony/Japan - SRGS4524 1998
I have been a fan of Santana for many years but did not have Caravanserai in my CD collection till about 3-4 years ago. I heard Song Of The Wind on XM radio and went out and bought the CD right away. This is Santana's fourth album and the music shifts from rock to more jazz like instrumentals. All but three of the ten songs are instrumentals. This is the last album to feature Neil Schon and Gregg Rolie with both leaving to start Journey.
Once I started collecting SACDs Caravanserai was mentioned many times as being a reference level SACD. I looked for quite awhile till I could find an "affordable" mint copy. The SQ of the SACD is greatly improved over that of the RBCD. I can say without a doubt that it was money well spent
I had some time yesterday to sit down and listen with the volume cranked. The SQ of this SACD is superb for a recording from 1972. Of course with any Santana album the guitar work is incredible. But what really impressed me was the rhythm section with the drums, percussion and bass having incredible resolution. The separation and air around all of these instruments is excellent. Even at lower volumes the SQ is outstanding. Of course my favorite track is still Song Of The Wind which is an instrumental that builds and builds with guitar solos that are a Santana trademark.
With the JSACD long OOP the good news is that MOFI will be releasing a version of Caravanserai on SACD. The release has been delayed a number of times and hopefully it will be released soon. If the MOFI SACD has the SQ close to that of the JSACD then it will be well worth having in ones collection.http://www.sa-cd.net/showtitle/971
Rating (scale 1 - 10) Music 9 - SQ 9.5
Source: Oppo 83SE
Pre/pro: Onkyo 886 - MCH SACD/DVD-A (using the MCH analog input)
Preamp: Parasound 2100 - 2CH SACD/DVD-A
Amplification: Boston Acoustics A7200 (Sherwood A-965 clone)
FR/FL: Salk SongTowers
Center: Salk Song Center
Surrounds: Definitive Technology BP2x
Surround location: On the ceiling (behind the MLP and slightly outside FR/FL speakers)
Sub: Rythmik F12SE (Anti-Mode 8033C sub EQ)
Room: 17' W (which is open on one side), 14' D with 9' high ceilings. No room treatments as of yet.
My SACD collection
and HRAudio.net Library
, getting larger as my wallet gets smaller ;-).
Emotiva XMC-1, Wyred 4 Sound SX-500s, ST-500, ST-250, Oppo BDP-103/105D, Panasonic TC-P60GT50 plasma, Panamax 5100EX, Salk HT2-TLs, Salk 1801b center, Salk 1801TL (surrounds) and two Rythmik F12SEs.