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I have both the DVD-A and the SACD. Of course, the mixes are identical. You would think this would be the perfect opportunity to compare the 2 formats. IT'S NOT. There are STILL variables that can't be adequately controlled for in order to 'fairly' do this comparison. Someone here convinced me to 'not even go there' when I first bought my universal player and had bought both versions of Gaucho, with the intention of using them to compare the 2 formats. In retrospect I'm glad that I took their advice, because even if I COULD hear a difference I think it would be very difficult to determine which 'difference' I preferred. And even if I DID have a preference, I didn't want to bias my format preference simply based upon this one single comparison. It could be that I preferred Gaucho on SACD yet if I had another disc in both formats I might actually prefer the DVD-A version. So, I resisted and have never tried comparing them, not in any direct way, anyway. Knowing me, if I did try, I would probably drive myself crazy second-guessing myself.
My advice, if you are debating SACD vs. DVD-A, is to pick the format you, overall, find that you prefer. In my case, based upon ALL my hirez listening, with MY system and with MY settings I, generally, prefer DVD-A over SACD. So, when I'm faced with this decision now, I buy the DVD-A version, as I did with Brothers In Arms and Knoppfler's Shangri-La.
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