After contemplating the cost for awhile, I decided to get the new Esoteric 14 SACD boxset of Solti Ring Cycle.
Considering that it cost almost twice as much as Testament's recent release of the original London/Bayreuth recording and
that I already own the original London CD release of the set plus 30% import tax, I was rather worried that this was
bad investment. The boxset came with SACD in DVD type box, 4 books, I believe 2 were libretto in German and Japanese translation, John Culshaw's Ring Resounding in Japanese and one book I assume on discussion of the Ring cycle or perhaps the remaster or whatever that only has 2 pages in English and the rest in Japanese.
I understand that London remastered this set sometimes in the late 1990's with some sonic improvement over the first release that I have but I have not heard the remastered set so I don't know how it compares to Esoteric. Comparing to the first London CD set, playing CD layer of the new set it is quite easy to hear the improvement especially in Nilsson's voice. Her voice is much smoother and less edgy than it was in the original CD.
Currently I don't have a good SACD playback system since I changed my DAC to Berkeley but looks like I now have the excuse to do get something better than my old Pioneer DVD/SACD player :)
Has anyone heard this set or other Esoteric SACD remasters?