What are some of the best sounding recordings you've heard?

One more. For more pop music - listen to the album Gordon by Barenaked Ladies. I like the entire album and think the sound quality is great. But listen to a song called ‘The Flag’. There are others that sound great as well but that one has some spooky quality to it

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If you like Mahler, Bernstein’s recordings oh his symphony’s sound quite good on SACD. Mahler’s 5th is my favorite.

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I agreed the Kind of Blue sacd is the best but i like the mono 1959 lp needle drop, that i found better than the mfsl needle drop i listened to! ( the mfsl lp had to much bass in my taste)

I’ve been spending a lot of time with this one lately, marveling at the utterly relaxed naturalness of the DSD sound. The recording is superbly done, probably minimalist miking for the chamber music proportions of this performance, and the balances are ideal. Certainly demonstration class SACD and among the very best I’ve ever heard.

The performance Sigiswald Kuijken achieves here of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio is absolutely right in so many different ways. Relaxed, effortless music making but full of the intense spirituality of Bach’s best sacred music.


Northstar made fantastic recordings throughout. I have many of those meanwhile and it’s really worth to get those.

I really like the sound of this one, modern recorded sound, but realistically portraying the instruments and voice. This is true of bot the LPs and the CD.

Jose James “Yesterday I Had the Blues” Blue Note

Another favorite for both recording quality and the music within. It was a sleeper for me, I wasn’t inclined to be crazy about it . . .but it hooked me with great playing, lovely singing, interesting songs and subject matter, and wonderful sonics.

“Secret Ellington” (first time recordings of material Ellington wrote for a musical that was never launched)

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The AP SACD version



Stunning! I have the 45rpm LP!

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I have the material in the Mosaic box set. Sounds great, good enough for me.

Here’s the thread of the mastering engineer for this one. A fully uncompressed, not limited version on both formats.


Thanks Mr Nut That’s a nice read.
I’m listening to it again via my new Gen2 Xlr’s (see Iconoclast) and I just can’t believe how good this sounds.

Wow Im not a Nat King Cole fan but i’m super curious to hear what this sounds like through my PS audio DAC and DMP! I can only attest that I bought the AP Wonderful Sounds of Xmas compilation SACD in November and Nats Christmas Song completely BLEW my socks off! I had been hearing that song all my life in all different forms and I’ve NEVER heard it sound like that. I couldn’t stop playing it all Xmas season. The sound stage is insane and Nats voice sounded front and center so crystal clear! It sounded like my 2 channel system had a center channel speaker! And that SACD compilation wasn’t even sourced from the master tapes as stated in the AP booklet and it still blew me away!

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Muddy Waters The Folk Singer. CD
Chicken Run movie soundtrack.

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A nice one musically indeed, thanks for the hint, I now also have it…

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I listened to this after I saw this thread. Phenomenal. Thanks for that. I figured since I was on a roll listened to the Coltrane/Johnny Hartman disc…then put on some Sinatra and Dean Martin. How the F old am I??? Lol. Anyway - all great sounding via the DS and it’s amazing to hear these 50s recordings and ask…uh why did they change anything ?? :slight_smile:

DCC love is the thing, Nat King Cole special the mono tracks, imagine the DCC 45rpm whit a great koetsu :grin:

Nils Lofgren-Acoustic Live SACD. If you like guitar…

Painter Song, Norah Jones’ Come Away With Me album (Analogue Reproductions Remastering DSD)
Ave Maria, Stereophile Test cd 2
Little Black Lake, Do What You Please and New Start from Anne Bisson’s Blue Mind UHQCD
Adagio, Brahms Konzert fur Violine und Orchester D-dur op. 77 Anne-Sophie Mutter on violin with the New York Philharmonic (cd)
Under My Skin, Diana Krall, Live in Paris DVD
Miles Davis, Kind of Blue, 1997 remastering (cd)