Originally Posted by whitrzac
I'm looking to get my feet wet with some higher end audio.
My yamaha BD-A1000 will be here in a few days.
The only one I've found so far is Dire Straits: Brother in arms.
I like rock/metal, but am open to anything....
Don't know if you like Prog, but Steven Wilson has re-mixed many of the Prog giants (Yes, Tull, ELP, etc.) iconic records and has proven to be one of the best 5.1 mixers around. I'd recommend Yes' Close to the Edge and The Yes Album- but I'm showing my bias, though these discs have been pretty universally praised. Tull's Aqualung is another reference 5.1 mix, but can only be had in an expensive boxset, which includes a BR and a DVD. A brand new release from Gentle Giant also has a reference mix and sets a new benchmark for video content that accompanies a disc- at least on the BR- don't know about the DVD.
Floyd's DSotM and WYWH are no-brainers; sacd's available for both (and dvd-a of DS) or if you have lots of coin, there are expensive boxsets that contain other additional material, including both 5.1 and quad mixes of the albums.
Genesis has all their studio albums done in surround, avaiable separately or in 3 boxes spanning different eras of the band. The mixes have gottn mixed reviews, but I love them; available as CD/DVD (not dvd-a, but DTS 24/96) or CD/SACD.
The Talking Heads studio albums are great surround mixes- see the thread about the Brick and act fast on these as availability seems to be drying up.
The Doors studio albums are all available, separately or as a set, in dvd-a or sacd.
The Who's Tommy has a great 5.1 mix on sacd, dvd-a or BR and Quadrophenia just received the 5.1 treatment on BR- great mix (though Ent's bass is mixed a lil too low).
Deep Purple's Machine Head should be of interest to a metalhead I'd think- great mix on the dvd-a (not sure how cheap these can be found anymore) also available on a newer sacd.
Walmart (!) has a great, inexpensive package for Skynyrd that includes a live DVD, a CD and a dvd-a of greatest hits; great value at around $13.
Steely Dan has some great surround dvd-a/sacd releases, including Gaucho and their 2 newest, 2 Against Nature and Everything Must Go; and Fagen's Nightfly trilogy are all available in 5.1, separately or in a box and in different formats.
You've already got one of the best 5.1 mixes on the way; BIA sounds fantastic.
That's a few highlights off the top of my head; there are many gems I didn't mention that are OOP but can still be found, but at inflated prices.
Your best resource for info on surround sound is quadraphonicquad.com. Not only do they have polls for most every surround disc ever released, so you have many opinions available to aid in your buying choices, but there is also a community of knowledgeable and helpful surroundaholics that is the nicest internet community I've ever seen (this place comes in 2nd, since there's more contention here, but that's likely due to it being a much bigger community).
Another invaluable resource is sa-cd.net, which lists every sacd ever sold and also includes reviews.
Welcome to the awesome world of immersive music. It's a blast, but be forewarned- it can be addictive!