Thanks; that would be a good one to check out since I play guitar. I'd like to get into classical more; I listen to Segovia, but I don't have (non rock) any operas or full orchestra. I have some Telarc "big band" that I enjoy.
So here is some Classical and Rock from my collection , all SACD or DVD-A so I hope you have a compatible player.... any bluray should do enjoy
I personally have not heard a SACD but DVDA and Bluray audio I have. I think if the CD has been mastered really well it can sound amazing on a good system. That said the difference in quality of a CD is the same as listening to the DVD of a movie and then comparing it to the same on BluRay. If your speakers and amp are up the the task it can be a big improvement. Plus you get multi channel recordings as well and you feel much more enveloped in the sound.
Onkyo 805, Yamaha YDP2006EQ, Samson Servo 600 amp
EV Sentry 500 monitors, 4 Mission 762i's Surrounds, Klipsch RC-52 Centre, SVS PB13U sub, Panasonic BDT220, Harmony 1100, Nintendo Wii
Panasonic PT-AE4000 on a 120" 2,35:1 fixed screen
So, if I'm reading what you stated correctly, CD vs. DVD-A/Blu Ray Audio is like DVD vs Blu Ray?? That's a BIG difference; the lossless audio on Blu Ray is incredible...not to mention the picture quality.
As the saying goes, "Garbage in, garbage out." So, in short, I agree.
I'm sure that's true of all media formats; I'll bet the premium people are willing to pay for MoFi Red Book CDs (or Japanese imports) isn't for the gold disk. Using the original masters and making sure the transfer is as good as possible is 99% of the reason that they sound better IMHO. The new SACD of Pink Floyd's WYWH is simply amazing, and I've only heard the Red Book layer. My SACD player is coming, so I'll compare the two when it arrives.