Pink Floyd in Surround
From the opening sound effects that tracked from the rear to the front, to the final fade on "Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part 9", listeners were immersed in the re-creation of one of the finest rock albums of all time. I felt Guthrie's surround mix was true to the band's original two-channel intentions while expanding the soundfield to take full advantage of the multichannel medium. "Magnificent!" I scrawled in my notebook. The Studio Six SPL meter on my iPhone indicated that the sound pressure reached 106dBthe experience was like being at the highest fidelity rock concert ever!
But if I had to carp, the bass guitar and kick drum sounded a little disembodied compared with my memory of the Japanese import CD I purchased back in the 1980s. I need to hear the SACD on a more familiar system before I can pass final judgment, but provisionally, this listening session was the highlight of the 2011 RMAF for me.