I was just going to do a quick edit of my last post regarding the Blue Train APO
SACD. But after spending some time comparing the APO SACD to the Blue Note
SACD I had to get more indepth with my thoughts. Not to deep though as I might lose my way
. Well first off I can say I'm glad I gave the APO SACD another spin. When compared to the BN SACD the APO SACD blows it away in every respect. I'm not one to use the term "blows it away" but the term applies here IMO.
The first thing I noticed about these two SACDs is how LOUD the BN SACD is. I broke out my Rat Shack SPL meter and did a quick (non-scientific
) check of the volume differences. I found that the BN SACD is 11dB louder than the APO SACD. So I'm glad I turned down the volume when I first played the BN SACD. The overall SQ of the BN SACD is to be quite honest a mess. It is bright, loud and the bass has no definition. The imaging both in width and height is very limited. With the APO SACD the SQ has so much more clarity, depth and the bass is very well defined. The imaging is wider and taller than the BN SACD but not by a huge amount but still a very nice improvement.
Looking on sa-cd.net I can not believe a seller on Amazon is asking $531.45 for a new copy of the BN SACD
. The used prices start at $23.98 without shipping. I'm glad I only paid $5.00 for it as that is about the value when compared to the cost of the APO SACD IMO. The APO SACD can be bought from importcds
for $25.88 shipped. So if you are a fan of John Coltrane and Blue Train definitely grab the APO SACD