About references: My best sounding CD in my collection is probably Frode Thingnæs Quintet, Direct to Disc, Universal music Norway, 985595-4, 2006. This was first released on Lp in 1980 and was the first commercially released direct-to-disc recording in Norway. It won a national grammy for best jazz release in 1980. Jan Erik Kongshaug was part of the Frode Thingnæs Quintet back in those days, and was he that transferred the recording from best sources to the CD format in his Rainbow Studios. (Sounds way better compared to those Sheffield Lab D-to-D recordings transferred to digital). It's all about dynamics….. The dynamics are so real on this CD, powerful and tight. It's nearly impossible to listen without tapping your feet. It moves your body. My question to Steve: why are good direct-to-disc recordings better to reproduce dynamics from recordings, more in the way you hear dynamics from live music? It doesn't measure better than tape based recordings. Is it because the transients perform more accurate in the time domain in that shorter signal path, or something else?