Originally Posted by Bill Mac
I'm kind of confused with the above. With the Mercury/Polydor Eat a Peach SACD you would down-mix the 5.1 layer to stereo instead of listening to the stereo SACD layer? If you normally do this have you compared the SQ of both? I'm curious if 5.1 down-mixed to stereo would sound better than the stereo SACD layer. So one would have to setup their SACD player to down-mix for the 5.1 layer?
I have only ever seen two titles in hi-res where the STEREO mix had been re-done - ELP and ELP Tarkus. In all other instances, the stereo mix was the original mix - maybe remastered - and upconverted to a hi-res format. Re-mastering can improve an old stereo mix, but only re-visiting the multitrack masters and moving forward from there with today's digital technology can unlock all of the quality that is available. In the analog domain, the original stereo mix has lost some sound quality present on the multitrack masters. This is my major pet peeve with all of these stereo SACD releases. Better than Redbook? OK, probably. But only incrementally so. My theory will likely be verified or refuted when MoFi Eat A Peach shows up. I think the downmixed 5.1 Eat A Peach will sound best, the remastered stereo MoFi will be next with the stereo layer from the Merc/Polydor coming in third.
I think the downmixing must happen in the receiver/processor ... I think. Trying to output stereo from the player will probably result in the stereo layer being outputted. I need to look into it more.
edit: Remixing from the original multtrack masters means, along with the original performance being preserved in its highest state, all of the effects, reverb, echo, thickening, etc, are done on today's gear. Remastering the original stereo mix cannot improve those things any more than the incremental overall improvement. And there was some very crude effects gear back in the day.Edited by pepar - 5/29/13 at 2:12pm