Finally got some focused time with this recording and did a comparison with the SACD edition I also have.
First, the BluRay is nicely put together, and behaves like an audio disc starting to play the first track (in 2ch PCM) as soon as it loads. It has a single menu listing the tracks and listing the available audio editions, which are:
- 2 Ch PCM (24/96)
- 2 Ch DTS-MA HD (24/96)
- 5.1 PCM (24/96)
- 5.1 DTS-MA HD (24/96)
I did my testing with the mutichannel tracks, as that's what I primarily listen to. I even enlisted the spouse to help provide some more objectivity (she did not know what format was playing each time I switched).
The mix is definitely the 2007 re-master set, as the channel placements and levels are identical. There is 3dB or so level variance between the output of the SACD and the BR discs, so that made comparisons difficult, as I had to swap the discs, then change the level (and was checking with an SPL meter).
Bottom line: pretty much the same content.
Although we did have a preference for the DTS-MA edition. But I think that has more to do with how I feed the processor. When bitstreaming, the decoding is done in the Pre-amp, and it's jitter-free. Whereas the SACD is decoded to PCM in the Oppo 103 and sent over HDMI with no audio-clock sync.
I'd have to try using my Denon 2930 player and use DenonLink to play the SACD to get a better comparison.
So I'm happy to have it in BR, nice that I can finally extract the multichannel PCM audio for my music server, so worth the investment to me. But for others that already have the SACD, this is probably superfluous. But if all you have is the CD, then this BluRay is totally worth it for the higher rez content. The mix is no better than the SACD, so there is that to contend with.Edited by JonFo - 1/26/14 at 9:16am