Steely Dan – Aja & Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed [both SHM SACD]   Leave a comment

I have a couple of Redbook CDs cut on Super Hard Material (SHM), and a number of Super Audio Compact Discs (SACD). Both formats have given terrific results. So, I was really looking forward to these two (my first) on SHM SACD. The only Steely Dan on SACD has been Gaucho, and I have Let It Bleed as an SHM CD.

Both discs are Japanese imports, and ran about $55 each, shipped.

What an expensive load of crap.

Aja has plenty of detail. However, it sounds as if they tried to EQ a master cut for another format. The soundstage is claustrophobic. At first, I thought there might be a phase problem. However, the instruments have too much presence for that.

Let It Bleed has less detail than my CD. There is simply no excuse for that. Particularly when I have heard how good the very rare, original SACD sounds. This second time around is soft, lacking both definition and detail.

On the upside, you now know what to avoid.


Posted 2010/07/21 by MG Nagy in Uncategorized

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