Last weekend I received a very encouraging phone call from a self-professed SACD advocate that had just experienced one of our jazz trio DVD-Audio products. As the moderator of the Home Theater Talk.com disc forum, I was particularly intrigued by his comments...the gist of which I quote below, "I just finished listening to the AIX recording of The Paul Smith Trio. I decided to debut it in full 5.1 DVD-A. And I'm very glad I did. Finally someone has done multi-channel to a level that exceeds the finest stereo recordings that I have experienced. Seamless soundstage with a stereophonic placement of the instruments, with none of the collapse or stifling of the imaging that you tend to get with a center channel. Zero distraction from the rears, and an intensity of sonic presentation with a powerful richness to the individual instruments that had me fully riveted to the performance. This is simply the best recording I own on any format." He followed his preliminary comments with the following: "I listened to my second AIX DVD-A last night; The Latin Jazz Trio. Again I was floored by the level of audio resolution and the soundstage dynamics coming from this recording. The percussion on this one was about as "present" and accurate, musically, to the live instrument as I've heard on any of the media that I own. What I find most intriguing about these recordings is how they create such a potent and seamless soundstage. The sound is so transparent, in that you can't locate your speakers in the mix. Very much like what you get in the way of imaging from a superior stereo mix. But better in that the acoustics are more vivid and life like. You do need a center speaker that is of the same quality as your mains, as there are "pans" across the front soundstage with piano and chimes that will show any mismatch in speaker quality. You also need a sub that blends well with your speakers. My Velodyne HGS matches my Dyn's so well that the only way to tell that it's working is to turn it off. At that point I hear a loss of bass depth from my center and mains, though not the loss of an audibly locatable sub speaker itself. I have, up until hearing these AIX recordings, been more of a proponent of SACD as my media of choice. I simply felt that SACD sounded closer to the real deal than PCM based material. With these two recordings (The Latin Jazz Trio & The Paul Smith Trio) AIX has shown me what can be achieved with DVD-A, and it is very impressive; sonically superior to anything I've heard on SACD. Admittedly though, these recordings were mastered specifically for the DVD-A multi-channel medium, with recording equipment that is state of the art. And I doubt we'll be seeing much of a software selection, at this level of recording quality, in DVD-A, or for that matter SACD. As such these recordings are definitely rare gemstones, so to speak, one's to be collected and treasured." I spent so much time working on these things that I just wanted to pass along a few of the comments that make me keep doing it. Today, I'm mixing the Laurence Juber project...finger style guitar, bass and percussion.