Outstanding multichannel mixes

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  1. FeisalK

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    what SACD/DVDA would you guys consider having outstanding m/c mixes? I don't have a hi-end audiophile system to worry about 2-channel SQ, but m/c mixes really do it for me [​IMG]

    To start off...

    Floyd DSoTM
    Roxy Music Avalon and
    Blue Man Group Audio

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  2. PhilBoy

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    Queen - A Night At The Opera... a delightful dts track.
     
  3. TomCW

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    Mary-Chapin Carpenter - time*sex*love* has a pretty interesting MC mix, plus really good sonics.
    Tom
     
  4. Philip Hamm

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    The best multichannel mix I've ever heard is the DTS-ES CD of Midnight Oil's "Capricornia". The fidelity is pretty magnificent also, thanks to great original engineering work.

    Oh, and the music is great, too. Do a search for my review here.
     
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    Cheap Thrills
    Workingman's Dead & American Beauty
    Fragile
    JT
    Brain Salad Surgery
    Gaucho, Two Against Nature & Everything Must Go
    The Nightfly & Kamakiriad
    Blow By Blow
    The Marvin Gaye Collection
     
  6. Brian L

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    Feisal,

    I concur with a good many listed already, but would add Big Phat Band - XXL (this is the BFB's new disc).

    This is the best sounding disc I own, bar none. Absolute reference quality.

    BGL
     
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    If you like 70s R&B, two great examples of vintage quadraphonic mixes re-purposed for modern 5.1 are the SACD of the O'Jays "Ship Ahoy" and the DTS CD of the Ohio Players' "Honey".

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  8. Jeremy Anderson

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    Glen Phillips' ABULUM DVD-A has a really nice multichannel mix. It expands the soundstage without sounding gimmicky at all. Plus, it's better than anything he did with Toad The Wet Sprocket. Definitely recommended!
     
  9. Mike Broadman

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    Tacet's DVD-As of classical music all feature interesting surround mixes, often employing different surround ideas for different pieces on the same disc. The 6 Brandenburg Concertos, for example, are all mixed differently. The one with three violins is a lot of fun and a beautiful listen.

    Peter Gabriel's Up is outstanding, particularly one of my favorite pop songs of the past 20 years, Growing Up. The mix on that is super sweet.
     
  10. Grant B

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    All DTS CDs:
    Steve Miller Band - Fly like an Eagle
    McCartney- Venus & Mars

    Eagles - Hell Freezes over sounds great, I just dont care much for the songs
     
  11. David Scott

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    My two favorites so far:
    Roxy Music- Avalon
    Beck- Sea Change

    Everything I've heard from AIX is also excellent.
     
  12. Jan H

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    The one AIX disc I own is the best MC recording I've heard:

    Zephyr: Voices Unbound is a jaw-dropping recording of
    a cappella English and French vocal music that will leave you astonished.

    I agree with many of the other recommendations, particularly Beck and Steely Dan.
     
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  14. Rich Malloy

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    Well, I'm not exactly going out on a limb here, but I concur that the best multichannel remixes I've heard are:

    Beck "Sea Change" SACD
    Roxy Music "Avalon" SACD

    I think Donald Fagen's "The Nightfly" DVD-A is nearly as good, as is Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" SACD. Tipper's "Surrounded" DVD-A should also be mentioned for its extreme use of the surroundscape, but unlike every other title mentioned, I simply don't find the music very compelling.

    "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" SACD is also quite good, but I haven't yet fully digested it. Worth mentioning though. Bowie's "Heathen" SACD is also a favorite of mine, though I don't put it in the upper tier. I don't yet know what to think of the "Tommy" SACD remix. I've only sampled the multi-mix thusfar, having reverted quickly to the stereo mix for that first listening. Unlike most of the others mentioned, the "Tommy" remix substantially changes the feel of the music... and I'm not sure it'll ever quite win me over.

    But I used to feel the same way about Herbie Hancock's "Headhunters", and now I listen to the multichannel remix nearly as much as the original stereo mix.

    I've avoided any of the so-called "ambient" mixes, such as Alison Krauss + Union Station "Live", Ana Caram's "Blue Bossa", MTT/SFSO's "Mahler's 1st Symphony", Coleman, Stern, Carter, Cobb "4 Generations of Miles"... really a slew of fantastic live classical and jazz releases ...but only because I didn't think these sorts of mixes are what this thread's about. But, nonetheless, these are some of the finest examplets of multichannel music out there.
     
  15. Bobby T

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    DVDA
    Eagles-Hotel California
    Metallica-Black Album
    Queensryche-Empire
     
  16. FeisalK

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    thanks for all the recommendations, everyone [​IMG]

    *sigh* DVDAs a bit thin on the ground here.. [​IMG]
     
  17. Chris_Eff

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    SACD:
    DSoTM
    Either Spyro Gyra

    I just picked up The Who Tommy and it has a unique mix. Some of the vocals actually come from the rear. Overal excellent sounding IMO, really envelopes you.
     
  18. David Tolsky

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    Also check out Alan Parson's On Air, one of the original DTS 5.1 music CD's. Definitely worth a listen!
    Big Phat Band's XXL and DTS's A Nighty at the Opera are both great. Also gotta put in a good word for the SACD JT by James Taylor. Excellent mix and sound quality.
     
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