Excellent review Asr. I get the same feelings you described with my MK1 and my new KGSSHV. The Analogue Productions limited edition 24K Gold CD of The Bill Evans Trio's "Waltz For Debby" mastered by Doug Sax is I think the best sounding Jazz recording I have, and I have a lot of really good recordings (DCC, MFSL, AP, Audio Fidelity, the lot). Waltz For Debby was recorded live in a jazz club, and throughout the recording you can hear people in the audience coughing, little brief whispered conversations here and there, and plenty of glasses tinkling. The sound of the album on the O2 and KGSSHV is so real that it's spooky. The people coughing sound like they are physically there, a few feet away.
Only high-end speakers and the Omega 2s have been able to make it sound like I'm actually sitting there in the audience, watching the trio play back in 1961. Every dynamic I've ever heard it on just sounds like I'm listening to a great jazz album on headphones.
Curious, any plans to try the SR-009? Also, can you be more specific about what you didn't like about the Cary and the Classe? My next move after the KGSSHV is to upgrade my source, and a Meridian 808.2 is at the top of the list right now, I think. I'm only interested in redbook, and from what I understand, even on the ultra high-end Esoterics, redbook takes a MAJOR backseat to SACD performance.
Edited by DaveBSC - 3/1/12 at 7:16am