Originally Posted by JohnSantana
Ah yes, so in this case buying more expensive SACD won't give me more clarity and details or at least simulate the musical instrument positioning with my Westone W4 (4 BA) IEM ?
because there is significance price difference in normal CD and the SACD version.
There is a significant amount of evidence that essentially proves that high resolution formats are completely useless for playback purposes as the Redbook specification (when properly dithered) already offers more dynamic range and resolution than what a human can hear. The difference is that SACD versions are often mastered better than CDs; however, I am not sure if this is the case with the specific album you are referring to. Either way, there is no benefit to using a high resolution format for listening.
I also second what chewy stated regarding positional cues - it is usually better to listen to the stereo version on headphones because headphones are designed to simulate positional cues in stereo mixes, while a separate piece of software that enhances this simulation is more imperfect than what a human engineer can achieve when mastering stereo. You are basically adding an extra filter that guesses how something is supposed to sound while the stereo mix already has these positional cues that headphones are designed to use.Edited by jupitreas - 12/4/12 at 6:21am