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#140187 - 06/01/06 12:49 PM Re: Are "remastered" CDs worth an upgrade? [Re: Rapmon]
DOUBTINGTHOMAS29 Offline
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Thanks for setting me strait Robert. I guess I didn't want to admit it, but the VT CD is almost unlistenable. Probably more than almost. I listened to it today and had to turn it off after the third song. It's too bad, because the songs are great. Is that some thing that can be fixed if they remaster it?




I still prefer original cd's to most remastered cd's based on the amount of compression alone. As someone mentioned, the Rolling Stones remastered cd's are an exception. They did a really good job with those. More often than not, they remaster them for the worse. Take the Van Halen remasters for example. Maybe the worst example I've heard. If you don't believe me, listen to the original cd and then play the remaster. You can barely hear Alex Van Halen's cymbals the music is so compressed. Because many older cd's don't sound particularly good and the remasters often sound worse I decided to give vinyl a try and I'm very glad I did. It takes a bit of money to get everything right, but I only pay $2.00-$3.00 per album.

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#140188 - 06/01/06 01:14 PM Re: Are "remastered" CDs worth an upgrade? [Re: DOUBTINGTHOMAS29]
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Indeed. I've found that some mastering engineers tend to overcompress. Don't know why. On the other hand, the remastered Pink Floyd CD's benefit from having a fresh master to replicate from. The clarity of the new master is very apparent but the sound isn't compressed.
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