Thanks for the reply FMW and A9X, seems like there really is a lot of audio foolery out there. I do enjoy listening to surround music on occasion instead of stereo when the mood catches me, but I a/b 'ed countless same album redbooks and SACDs (Jeff Beck - Blow by Blow for example) and could not in stereo, tell the difference. I was questioning if it was my listening skills or room treatment. If the industry feels pushed to master SACD or other hi res formats better, its sad they just cant put that effort forth for all the regular redbooks from the start.
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