The more I listen to the Forests, the more amazed I become. Each play of a familiar CD or SACD is accompanied by guffaws and expletives of delight.
It's as if the Forest contains an ECU that 'sorts' any type of hitherto flawed, IMO, recording and simply makes it sound gorgeous. Ropey old early AAD 'rush-job' release? Sorted. Bass-heavy contemporary release? Sorted. The hideous SQ that is Arcade Fire's debut? Sorted (well, almost). Fifties era benchmark classical performances that are tainted by SQ that's a 'wall-of-sound'-style mush? Ooo, hullo, we now actually have some separation.
A few years ago I was fortunate to inadvertently purchase the (now-deleted) hybrid SACD/CD of Ziggy Stardust, when Amazon had it for £7 as its then-only remastered CD version. To date, when played on an SACD-compatible CD37, although I've always heard heaps of extra detail, TBH the SACD's SQ was alarmingly tinny and 'flat' overall. Yet, via the Forests there's now spooky separation and depth; deep and tight bass guitar and drum; no hint of brightness - and even more detail.
The Forests simply 'don't do brightness'. When previously listening to live recordings, if my setup relayed top-end detail, then the trade-off was audience applause that sounded as if thousands of people were shaking large sheets of tinfoil. Now I'm hearing even more top-end detail, but the applause sounds realistic/'human'.