I recently have gotten into DVD-A and SACD and find myself enjoying music like I never have before. I find myself with eyed closed really absorbing the music now. One thing I noticed in these high rez formats is how much more natural and life-like vocals are. Another thing I noticed is that I tend to view (or hear) the vocals as another insturment. I don't try and hear what they are saying lyrically - I go for the "feel" and "emotion" of the vocals. Of course there are no ignoring some lyrics - like catchy choruses - but I don't go out of my way to try and hear what they are saying. I usually go through the lyric sheet (if it is there) the first time I listen to a CD / SACD / DVD-A but rarely do I find anything too interesting. Now I mainly listen to rock music - from classic rock to hard rock to modern rock. So maybe this genre doesn't have much to say to me? I dunno. Anyway, I was just wondering if I'm alone. Do most actually listen to the lyrics or just listen to the vocals as an insturment? I think the reason I do this is that about 12 years ago I started to play guitar as a hobby. Ever since then I really started to concentrate on the music whereas I think I actually used to care about the lyrics. Now I'm more interested in things like how tight the drums and bass sound together.