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Reviews: Styx: Paradise Theater

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Review by rammiepie June 4, 2014 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
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Either you like this album or not but will add that Kevin Gray of Cohearent Audio has done an exceptional job of remastering this album for SACD. Having finally received an upgrade and Room EQ for my Meridian 861 v.8, through my Marantz SA 11S3, Paradise Theater truly rocks and the brass and vocals are truly sensational. Play it loudly!

Have No way of comparing it to the Universal SHM~SACD but for roughly half the price I consider it a bargain, as well and really cannot imagine it sounding better.

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Review by Marpow May 2, 2015 (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
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Styx: Paradise Theater Hybrid SACD Stereo

Quick Facts: A concept album, the 10th for Styx, released in 1981. I saw Styx during this tour at The Cow Palace, in 1981. I remember an elaborate stage and the giant keyboards left side of stage, after that it's a little fuzzy. My AF disc #0636 released in 2014.

Performance: Great. Lots of fun, good radio hits. A mix of good vocals and musicians. They are sound and performance cousins to Supertramp. As many concept performance disc's go, some of the songs can be weak but the more I listened they become catchy. I think my favorite tune is The Best Of Times.

Stereo Sonics: I listened at 73 decibels, PCM 88.2Khz. HDMI. Really good. Kevin Gray who does a lot of work for Audio Fidelity did a superb job. The sound is very warm and solid. Great balance between speakers. All the things I listen for drums, cymbals, vocals, all resonate well. Track 6 with the opening of rain, violin and dialogue is great. Space between tracks is clear and sharp. Center ghost speaker is perfect.

Packaging: Typical Audio Fidelity package with outer cardboard and plastic jewel case, original liner notes and all lyrics with mastering notes from AF, albeit brief.

I really enjoy hybrid SACD's as I can listen to them in the car which I have probably done 60% of my music listening my entire life.
Really good disc and I am glad I have it.

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