Originally Posted by Bill Mac
You felt the stereo layer of the BR was better than the 5.1 layer? I guess I do not understand your post
I think Kal meant the SACD was superior to the BD.
Depending on everyone's gear (as well as taste and preferences), I think there are important elements to consider. For example, when listening to BDs, DVD-V/A and some CDs, I prefer to go digital from my Oppo 93 to my AVR, in order to take advantage of the Audissey Room Correction, which I find gives the sound more punch, an "oomph" factor, if you will.
However, when listening to SACDs, and maybe classical or jazz music on CDs and DVD-As, I find that the way to go is out the analog interconnects and setting the AVR to Pure Direct (my AVR is a Marantz SR 6006). I've tried for example Dire Strait's Brothers in Arms
both ways, and when listening to it via digital audio the Audissey gives it way to much treble and makes it sound too "digital".
To summarize, IMHO, the digital way with ARC is the way to go for pop, rock and prog genres, whereas analog is better for classical, vocal and jazz genres. Of course, this is a very
simple generalization. There's still a lot to learn and discuss, but I think that in the pursuit of "the perfect sound" resides the joy for any audiophile and music enthusiast. Only recently I learned about AVS forum, for example, and in a couple of months I've learned a lot of stuff that has helped me improve my setup and listening experience a great deal.