Here is another question that I must ask.
Most every audiophile always has many versions of the same album whether it be CD, tape, vinyl, XRCD, SACD etc. They all sound different
Now pertinent to only XRCD 24 vs SACD and using the same album my ears always takes me back to favoring in virtually 100% of the time XRCD 24. Most everyone else prefer SACD.
Is this my imagination?
I remember in other forums that you once had a wonderful discussion re "bits" and how many we need and if we increase to 24 what that does and do we even hear them all?
We all hear differently. I did a very random test involving a few members of our Bay Area Audio Society several years ago. I played the identical track from SACD and XRCD 24 at same volume level with almost the same results.
BTW, I always enjoyed XRCD but it wasn't until XRCD 2 showed up that for my ears there was a difference. XRCD 24 is even better.
Now Winston Ma has his K2HD and DXD all redbook variations. I have almost all of these and they are spectacular
If anyone collects Jazz At The Pawnshop Winston has IMHO the very best digital version I have ever heard, so much so that when I played it for a friend he looked around and asked when I got a TT and where is it. It was the most expensive CD I have purchased but for arguably the best Jazz Album it was worth the $130
So is it just me re the XRCD 24 vs SACD sonics and what is it about all of theses Redbook variants.