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I see this album released in both formats. My player will play either. Which should I get? Are they the same mix? Thanks.

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I have both and there's not much (if any) of a discernible difference. I bought them both to compare, but someone here convinced me to not even "go there".

I'd say just pick one. The DVD-A will be time-managed properly, as my understanding is that SACD isn't time-managed properly except on SONY players.

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Just be careful not to get the DTS CD, which comes in a DVD-A sized jewel box and says DTS 5.1 MUSIC DISC across the top. The DTS CD mix was not used for the DVD-A and SACD, and many consider it inferior to the HiRez mix.

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The DTS CD mix was not used for the DVD-A and SACD, and many consider it inferior to the HiRez mix.

you mean don't get the DTS 5.1 mix for most any title, or for this ("Gaucho") title?

I usually prefer the SACD version if I have a choice, they seem to sound excellent and function more simply (no menu's etc.,...), unless they have a "live" concert DVD footage track.
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you mean don't get the DTS 5.1 mix for most any title, or for this ("Gaucho") title?

I usually prefer the SACD version if I have a choice, they seem to sound excellent and function more simply (no menu's etc.,...), unless they have a "live" concert DVD footage track.

No. There are many great DTS 5.1 CDs, including Alan Parsons "On Air" (an excellent disc, BTW). It's just that the Gaucho DTS CD came out first. It was a year or two later that it was remixed a second time for SACD & DVD-A, and the general consensus is that the second 5.1 mix is superior to the original 5.1 mix.

There was never a quadraphonic mix of Gaucho from the '70s. The DTS CD of Gaucho was one of the original 5.1 releases from DTS that was new and not a re-release of a '70s quad title.

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I'll chime in and say that I have the SACD and own a yamaha universal player and this disc is absolute reference quality. I'm not really sure if there is anything better as far as SQ. Awesome stuff.

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I'm not really sure if there is anything better as far as SQ.

Do you have Steely Dan's "Two Against Nature" or "Everything Must Go" DVD-As? They trump "Gaucho" in either format.

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