Originally Posted by scolumbo
I'm not sure if this is true for all Oppo players, but since all outputs are active at the same time on the Oppo 93, I use the Composite connections from my Oppo directly to a cheap 9" LCD that has Composite inputs, and HDMI is connected to my AVR. I have a Listen to Music activity programmed on my Harmony remote that turns on the LCD and AVR while keeping my DLP bulb turned off. The LCD is just large enough for navigation from my seating position about 8' away.
I'm hoping my ELP shipment from Burning Shed arrives today.
edit: I won't get a chance to listen until tomorrow, but discs have arrived!
OK - will check that out. But I don't have access to a LCD monitor with composite video but I do have a 20" tube TV that is sure to have composite video :-)
Spun up Tarkus last night. As impressive as ever but as I was listening to Eruption I couldn't work out why my centre channel wasn't going. Then as I had my head near the centre channel, Greg Lake's vocals burst out at the beginning of Stones of Years! That gave me a right jolt. It seems Steve Wilson has chosen not to mix much audio into the centre channel unless it's Greg's singing (well at least for that track).
I also had time to listen to Lucky Man again and compare the 5.1 version on ELP versus the 5.1 version on BSS. Noting that they were mixed by different producers (John Kellogg for the BSS version), in different studios but hopefully from the same original tapes, it was instructional to listen to the different interpretations. The BSS version has a lot of audio emanating from the sub, especially towards the end. The ELP version has much more in the way of swirling surround towards the end of the track and a more ensemble choir effect for Greg's multitracked vocals towards the end. They both startup up similarly since the instrumentation is sparse towards the beginning leaving the producers with fewer mixing choices. But towards the middle and end when there are more instrumental tracks, there is obviously more choice in the way of mixing the sound.
I am not sure I like which one better - they are both good.