With the major influx of new DVD-Audio titles on the Silverline label, there were a few I wanted to try. Being a big reggae music lover I picked up the Dennis Brown DVD-A and the Wailing Souls DVD-A. In addition, I "wasted" my money on the Lynyrd Skynyrd "Then and Now" release. All of these Silverline releases I mention above give DVD-Audio a bad name. Let me explain: 1) The Wailing Souls is an abomination. It is a 5.1 mix, which truly sounds like "electonically processed" surround. To add to that the drums swirl from left front to right front, in such a way that when listening I actually got dizzy. I know the drums don't do this on the CD release of the same music. Overall a very shoddy re-mix and poor implementation of the DVD-Audio format. Oh, the sound - worse than a redbook CD (and this is with 96/24 surround). Needless to say there is no dedicated stereo mix, but I knew that going in. 2) The Dennis Brown fairs better. Crisp, clean sonics - on par with redbook CD - but really no better. The kicker is that this mix is mostly 96/24 4-channel - with a very weird mix to the rear speakers - again almost like they remastered this title from a 2-channel source instead of any multitrack tapes. In fact the 4-channel mix sounds more like stereo than surround - not a bad thing - but for less money I could have purchased the same title on CD (which is a double CD with more tracks than the DVD-A). The really weird thing is that one song, all of a sudden, pops up in 96/24 5.1 channel surround - sounding out of place with the rest of the DVD-A disc. What was Silverline thinking. 3) I vowed to never buy another Silverline disc again unless I read a review first - but my curiousity got the best of me. I purchased the Lynyrd Skynryd title that was released yesterday - and the sound is terrible - with a capital T. This is all music from the more recent 1997- 1999 incarnation of Skynyrd - which isn't a bad thing, but the 5.1 mix done by Ken Calait is bad, very bad. The bass is overbearing, the sonics sound hollow and muddy, and sound worse than anything I have heard in recent memory. Stay away - and I mean far away. A poor CD-R copy of this album probably would sound better. Included on this DVD-A is a live video of Simple Man (I assume from the Lyve at Steeltown DVD-Video) and the sound which is presented in 2.0 Dolby Digital sounds far superior to anything included on the 96/24 six channel DVD-Audio track. Well - Silverline - goodbye. You are giving DVD-Audio a bad name and will help kill off the format which is languishing terribly right now anyway. If releases like those above keep coming out - and at $20 - $25 a pop, the folks on Audio Asylum's hi-rez board will be doing the "I told you so" dance in the front row at the next SACD convention.