Artist/Title Info: Miles Davis - Miles Smiles
Format: Single Layer SACD
Label: Columbia CS 65682
I started listening to Miles Davis' music earlier this year and bought several of his SACDs. I have to admit that buying Miles' music is over-whelming as there are so many titles available. So I focused on the most popular titles like Kind Of Blue and went from there. Miles' music is a whole new venture for me being a classic rock, blues and mainstream jazz (recently) fan. I have enjoyed the many Miles' SACD and CDs I have bought but will admit the musical styles change quite a bit from album to album. Which in itself is not a bad thing as I enjoyed those changes. But in all honesty I'm very far from a traditional jazz or Miles Davis expert.
Miles Smiles was recorded in 1966 and released in 1967. It is the second of five albums recorded by Davis' second quintet, which featured saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams. The album when released received much acclaim from jazz critics.
I had not listened to this SACD in quite awhile and enjoyed the music very much as I listened to it yesterday. This is a stereo single layer SACD although the soundstage is very focused with it sounding like my center channel was in the mix. The SQ although good for a recording of this age but it is a bit bright at times and I found that the cymbals really stood out too much. The bass was somewhat thin at times as well. I do not have the RBCD version of this album as I would have liked to compare the two. I wonder if the SACD is that much of an improvement over a good version of the RBCD? Unfortunately I think SACDs from recordings of this age can be a hit or miss IMO.http://www.sa-cd.net/showtitle/642
Rating (scale 1 - 10) Music / 8.5 - SQ / 6.5
Source: Oppo 83SE
Pre/pro: Onkyo 886 - MCH SACD/DVD-A (using the MCH analog input)
Preamp: Parasound 2100 - 2CH SACD/DVD-A
Amplification: Boston Acoustics A7200 (Sherwood A-965 clone)
FR/FL: Salk SongTowers
Center: Salk Song Center
Surrounds: Definitive Technology BP2x
Surround location: On the ceiling (behind the MLP and slightly outside FR/FL speakers)
Sub: Rythmik F12SE (Anti-Mode 8033C sub EQ)
Room: 17' W (which is open on one side), 14' D with 9' high ceilings. No room treatments as of yet.