So I've been relistening to all the EJ SACDs I own: EJ, Madman, Tumbleweed, Honky, Cpt Fantastic, and I'm liking them more and more. Overall, listening to them is a great sonic experience. The major thing about all of them that I still do not like, is having only EJ's vocals and lack of any music on the center channel. My front speakers are pretty well distanced from each other (~12ft or so) and I can notice the lack of music from the center. It's not a movie, why the need to isolate his vocals on the center? Yes, it's cool to listen to isolated vocals when you listen to just the center, but I feel it detracts from a multichannel experience by not utilizing the center for more isolated music and instrument isolation. No multichannel SACDs that I own (~25) do this. Often, I feel the piano gets lost in the front channels, where it would have been great to put some piano in the center. Basically, the EJ SACDs are more of a 4.1 experience than a 5.1 IMO. Still, they are very nice to listen to, especially love listening to "Hercules" from Honky Chateau.
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