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Anyone bite on this yet? Still feeling burned by the Wheels of Fire release.

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I bought the first Santana album in 96/24 that was released 2 weeks ago. Sounds very good, but I heard no difference from the original 1990 CD on CBS/Columbia. Which already sound excellent.

 

I've never heard Santana III but it also looks like the original program in high resolution.

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Santana (ST) sounds IMHO better than any other version I've heard. Not huge differences, but noticeable nonetheless. It is still "laid back" but I now hear more details in each instrument. The organ often sounds strident but that is the only negative I noticed during my initial listen.

 

Afterward, I listened to a SACD rip of Abraxas which (like the LP) is very much better than Santana. Tonight I'll listen to III and post my impressions within a few days.

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I listened to III last night. I was interrupted a few times so these are first impressions only. High energy notes seem a bit harsh perhaps distorted, otherwise SQ is better than Santana but not nearly as good as my SACD rip of Abraxas. Overall, the same types of improvements I noted in post #3 hold true.

Aurender N10, Esoteric F-05 Integrated Amplifier, Synergistic Active USB, Oppo 203, Synergistic Atmosphere Level 3 UEF Speaker cables, Legacy Audio Focus SE, Rega Planar 10 turntable with Aphelion 2 cartridge.

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