Format: DVD-Audio Multi-Ch / Stereo
MCH layer Sound Quality (Transparency, Detail and Dynamics): 9
Lead vocals are solidly anchored at the center channel. The back-up vocals are at the LR speakers and have a wider image.
As is typical of Clapton, there are quite a lot of instruments, including 3 guitars, bass, drums, piano, organ, percussion and harmonica. The recording excels in separating the instruments from each other.
There is a lot of detail, my favorite being the plucking of a steel acoustic guitar - almost real. There is also a lot of beautiful high frequency detail, especially with percussion.
As is proper for a good blues concert, the bass and drums provide a good thump, almost compelling your head to bob with the beat.
The main problem lies with the surrounds, where the mixer put the reflections of some instruments, including the drums and cymbals. In some tracks, you can hear a faint cymbal sound from the left surround and that is so wrong. Initially, I actually thought there was something wrong with my speakers. Without this weakness, the disc should have gotten a near perfect score.
Stereo layer Sound Quality (Transparency, Detail and Dynamics): Not rated
Player: Oppo 80
AVR: Denon 4311
Audyssey MultEQ XT32 and Pro utilized, but not Dynamic EQ or DSX
Main Amplification: 3 x Emotiva XPA-1
Speakers (only 5 main channels used for the review, although system can do 11 channels)
FR/FL: Focal Maestro Utopia
Center: Focal Viva Utopia
Surrounds: Focal Profile 908
Surround angle from CC: 110°
Sub(s): 2 x SVS PB-13 Ultra and 2 x Paradigm Servo-15 v2
The room is well treated.