I know little about classical but know a few people who do & need a disc that can play on the typical 5.1 system i.e. one with a dvd-video player. Because I don't know anyone with an sacd player, or a dvd-audio player for that matter! Even in higher end shops it is difficult to find a 5.1 system with a 5.1 sacd player attached (stereo is much more common). For example, that time last year I was checking out a pair of Nautilus 800D Diamond series speakers, the Denon 2900 the dealer used was configured for dvd-video playback only AND *CD-only* playback (plus only the digital output was connected). So I never did get to hear the DSD layer of the Zombies hybrid sacd* I had just bought or the MLP tracks of the Beck & Donald Fagen dvd-audios I also brought. Tweeter usually hooks up the 5.1 analog outputs but their speaker systems are almost always set up for 7.1 movie playback, so the back surrounds are directly behind me/very close to each other. Anyway.......... I was hoping to find a classical dvd-audio with a fully immersive mix & another with an ambient mix but where the ambience was REAL i.e. it was recorded in the actual performance venue itself. I know Dolby Digital and DTS aren't truly hi-fi but I think they will be enough to basically show these people what surround is about. And what type of classical would make the best impression? I own one of those Living Stereo CDs, Pictures At An Exhibition and a Telarc CD of The Firebird Suite. Both are pretty active I guess you could say, but do most classical people like this variety? BTW: don't worry, I do tell people about the sacd format. Whining about subtle technical differences at this point won't help either format. I've heard a couple classical CDs played through surround processors that used software based on data gathered from real venues, and they gave the music an eerily real sound, very "grand" sounding, but not filled with bunches of irritating fake reverb like a cheap receiver usually does. So I figured real ambience should sound awesome. I did find this classical review site, but they don't always mention the mix style and many of these discs aren't cheap and/or are imports. Lastly, I'll admit this request is partly motivated by pure curiosity on my part. I've only been to two live classical performances and was quite impressed but when playing the recorded (stereo) version, except on very powerful systems it wasn't nearly the same feeling. Thanks. * I have heard the CD layer many times now, and I gotta say, Steve Hoffman's remastering method results in a super velvety - but still detailed - sound quality. Very nice! And the lack of overcompression is very evident - I can turn this up LOUD & still enjoy it. Even on some revealing KRK and JBL studio monitors at Guitar Center the recording retained its smooth quality. This disc cost only $14 at Best Buy.