Saturday, February 26, 2011
My listening setup: Onkyo C-S5VL SACD player -> Burson AB 160 -> Burson HA 160 -> Audeze LCD-2 orthodynamic headphones
I pre-ordered this last September and let me tell you the wait was well worth it. The original master used was well recorded as you can tell at first listen. There is very little grain which can be a detractor with high quality (re)masters of this order. There is a noticeable presence of air but not as much as on some other SACD/hi-def quality recordings.
Stevie's guitar sounds very life-like although I noticed in a one or two spots where it seems to be pushed back in the mix (noticeably quieter). [edit: I've learned that this is what is called 'print through' and unless you're listening very analytically on a decent setup you may not even notice it]
The vocals and other instruments are well defined in the soundstage and nothing really seems overbearing in the mix. It's all too perfect really.