Best sounding overall: Ravel - Bolero (Mobile Fidelity SACD) Best sounding modern: Ravel - Bolero (Mobile Fidelity SACD) Best sounding baroque: Vivaldi - La Stavaganza (Channel Classics SACD) Best sounding solo: Bartok - Miraculous Mandarin (Praga SACD) Best sounding opera: Anna Netrebko - Opera Arias (DG SACD) Best sounding jazzy take on classical music: Jacques Loussier Trio - The Best of Play Bach (Telarc SACD)
All are hybrid multichannels and evaluated as such with unmatched speakers.
Note: I have CDs (JVC XRCD and Reference Recordings HDCD) and LPs (Classic Records) which sound better than these high rez discs on my system.
Adding my 2 cents in - the Tilson's Mahlers as well as Podger's Vivaldi La Stravaganza are incredible. In SACD I also like the London Mozart Players - Herschel's Symphonies (one of Chandos pure DSD recordings). For DVD-A's - Vivaldi's 4 Seasons (NAXOS - London Mozart Players) sounds great. Where as the Mozart Sym #'s 26 & 41 + Stravinsky's Firebird Suite (both by the "George Enescu" Philharmonic Orchestra on the AIX label)leave me absolutely breathless.
Oddly the items I added all use a center channel as an 'equal' partner with the front's left & right. Just something I noticed (although I still like the Mahlers & Podger).