I have about 20 of the living stereo sacds. They are great. Definitely classic recordings. I really enjoy them. I recently 'switched and got into classic music, more added it to my genres of music to listen to. . It really had nothing to do with hi-res either. I had a long car drive coming home late one night listening to XM. I wanted something besides the rock stations I usually listen to. I stumbled on the symphony hall. The were just starting to play the top 5 classical recordings. (Only 5 as each takes about 45 to an hour for each. Beethoven 5th and 9th, Bach Mass in B minor, a Mozart piece , and something else, maybe Hayden. It was a fantastic listen. I pretty much leave my xm radio on symphony hall now. When I bought my first Oppo, I started buying the living stereo series.
EMI classics is another series of classical recordings remastered for SACD. Japan has all 100, but they are starting to be issued here. The emi classics are also available as hi-res downloads in 96/24 from HD tracks. Most all these recordings and living stereo are 2 channel or at best 3 channel. (Many of the lliving stereo series were originally recorded in 3 channels, right, center, left.)
Mercury's Living Presence is another classic set of recordings available, but only on redbook cd. You can pick up the whole box set for a little over a 100 bucks.
I'd recommend listening to XM's sunday morning show, "Millenium of Music'. It's the 1000 years before Bach. A lot of medieval period and even before music. Classical catherdral type music, both choral and instrumental. Every now and then you'll bump into something played there available on hi-res format.
I've only gotten a couple of things that were recorded recently (DSD recordings or 192/24 mastered) specifically for hi-res formats. They do sound fantastic. Mass in B minor and Hayden's The Messiah. I'd highly recommend also trying a few 'modern technology' recordings.
What I've found since I started into hi-res recordings, that the music types that seem to benefit the most from high rez are classical and jazz, maybe blues. Rock, except for some exceptional recordings DSOTM, and the like, not so much. I still buy rock titles in hi-res, but less for the hi-res benefit and more for the fact they are better mastered with less DRC and even then I'm very selective of what rock titles I'll buy in hi-rez format. (mostly acoustic or softer rock)Edited by glangford - 10/28/12 at 4:09am