The cymbals should be especially shimmery with the NrT Sierra-1's. I just received my 1st batch of SACD's/DVD-A's: John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme", Dire Straits' "Brothers in Arms", Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon", Queens' "A Night at the Opera", and Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells Deluxe Edition".
"A Love Supreme": the shimmering-in cymbals which start of the album, the airy, meatily elastic bass intonations that lead "Part 3 > Pursuance" out into "Part 4 > Psalm"
"Brothers in Arms": great detail & dynamics, especially as guitar rocks in at the start of "Money for Nothing"
"Dark Side of the Moon": from the finely rendered small voicing that opens "Speak to Me", to the bold metronomic relief of the clock ticks kicking off "Time", to the cash register ringing like a bell in "Money", and finally the is-it-real-or-is-it-Memorex heart-beats that fade you from the album back to your own room, and in the remaining stillness you notice your breaths, slow, regular, even
Throughout these 2 weeks of setting up and initial listening, I'm constantly struck by how fast the Sierra-1's are; fast, intricate, and dynamic passages are facilitated by the speakers, instead of slurring or muffling them. Getting an NrT Sierra-1 Center to match should be nice for a 7.1 setup that covers both music and movies well.
Bicycling: Interesting, you bring back on-road memories of the Grizzly Peak Century and really great pasta salad, and a handful of off-road rides, all on a no-suspension steel frame Bridgestone MB4 in the Berkeley section of Tilden Park, and that one poorly chosen line that yielded a heli-lift to Juin Muir in Walnut Creek. Have you set up a rig to listen to on rides?