Just wondering what y'all think about the high-res XRCD mastered recordings, which (unlike SACD or DVD-A) can be played on ANY Redbook CD player, or ripped for server playback.
Last year I had bought a few titles (Lightnin' Hopkins Goin' Away, Patricia Barber Companion, and Jazz at the Pawnshop) but it appeared that JVC was stopping further production.
Now, JVC has apparently licensed the mastering technology to a number of smaller audiophile labels (FIM, Three Blind Mice, others), and elusivedisc.com has taken over as the North American distributor, with a number of new remasters of old recordings.
I just bought Jacintha Autumn Leaves, and Gary Karr Super Double-bass, which sound superb, albeit pricey ($30+ ea).
Has anybody done a comparison of XRCD titles, vs. SACD (or DVD-A) versions of the same material.
How do they compare? Do you feel the XRCD's are worth the extra $$?