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#142217 - 12/18/06 10:26 AM Re: Great (and Poor) Recording Quality thread.... [Re: powerestudio]
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Registered: 02/16/05
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The Dire Straits Money for Nothing cd as been and is still my reference to listen to new hardware Especially: 8. Walk Of Life, 9. Private Investigation, 11. Money For Nothing and my favorite 12. Brothers In Arms

I've got 2 M50s driven by a Yamaha RX-V1400and an old JBL PSW1200. Soon to be completed by 5 M3s

http://www.amazon.com/Money-Nothing-Dire...TF8&s=music


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#142218 - 12/18/06 01:06 PM Re: Great (and Poor) Recording Quality thread.... [Re: Melomann]
Murph Offline
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Registered: 10/05/06
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The Dire Straits Money for Nothing cd as been and is still my reference to listen to new hardware Especially: 8. Walk Of Life, 9. Private Investigation, 11. Money For Nothing and my favorite 12. Brothers In Arms





I just bought Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms, remastered CD because I have the new Axioms and I remembered this as being the best sounding (cough) cassette I ever owned.

I'm still impressed!! I use this one when somebody says "Ya but how do they sound on plain old CDs?" Almost feels like cheating.

I don't have the regular CD though so I can't compare original to remastered.
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#142219 - 12/18/06 01:23 PM Re: Great (and Poor) Recording Quality thread.... [Re: Murph]
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As soon as my 7.1 setup is completed, i'll buy it and will compare the 2 with let's say, money for nothing?? Did you know that Brothers in Arms was the first CD to reach a million sales...

I used to listed to it on my father's phono with a pre-amp setup :P Beta 30 and Alpha 130. Still love that Nikko setup...

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#142220 - 12/18/06 01:24 PM Re: Great (and Poor) Recording Quality thread.... [Re: Murph]
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Interesting, as I continue to use these in my listening sessions:

- Dire Straits, Brothers in Arms: Your Latest Trick
- Tears for Fears, The Seeds of Love: Famous Last Words.

Both complete works are very good for a range of songs. I particularly like to torture amps and speakers with the Tears for Fears tune.....
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#142221 - 12/18/06 01:47 PM Re: Great (and Poor) Recording Quality thread.... [Re: Murph]
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I also meant to mention some others. There are already a hundred posts raving about the great sound of "NIN - The downward Spiral" and "Pink Floyd - Darks Side of the Moon" but they are definitely two of my top sounding CDs.

For crappy sounding CD's There are so many. But I will say I was very disappointed with "Evenescence - Fallen". I sooo looked forward to listening to this on my new system. Amy Lee's voice is like soft porn for me. Unfortunately, the engineering makes her sound like she has a lisp like Sid the Sloth from Ice Age.

For a similar voice but with a much smoother sound. Loreenna McKennitt's - Book of Secrets provides an even more amazing voice in haunting Celtic fashions. She has her own recording company so I guess that helps. I have great expectations for her new one, just released.

Back to disappointing - I expected much better from "Live", their two CD 'best of' collection. Can't remember the CD title. Their music can be genius but their recording studio's definitely are not.

Just a couple going both ways.
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#142222 - 12/18/06 05:46 PM Re: Great (and Poor) Recording Quality thread.... [Re: Murph]
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Registered: 12/10/03
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I was very disappointed with "Evenescence - Fallen"
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I expected much better from "Live", their two CD 'best of' collection. Can't remember the CD title.


Do you mean "Awake" - the one with the DVD? I have to agree with both of these.

Look what you've done, Phil Spector... BAD engineer! BAD!!

Bren R.

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#142223 - 12/18/06 08:58 PM Re: Great (and Poor) Recording Quality thread.... [Re: BrenR]
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Registered: 05/16/02
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
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Look what you've done, Phil Spector... BAD engineer! BAD!!




A couple of months ago, I PVR'd his biography on A&E. The stuff he did in the 60's & early 70's was brilliant. Too bad he lost his "touch". (Or didn't keep up with the times)

As far as good/bad recordings go, here are a few picks. These are regular CD's. No hi-res. No DTS.

Good:
AC/DC - Ballbreaker. Content 5. Recording 9.5. The best sounding AC/DC disc I've heard - including the Back in Black DualDisc. It's a shame nothing on the disc measures up to anything they've done in the past. Too bad, because the recording is that good.

Elton John - Greatest Hits Vol 3 79-87. Content 9. Recording 7.5 to 8. Really enjoy just sitting and listening to this one. Empty Garden is amazing.

Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman. Content 6.5. Recording 8.5.
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#142224 - 12/18/06 09:59 PM Re: Great (and Poor) Recording Quality thread.... [Re: real80sman]
BrenR Offline
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Registered: 12/10/03
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Loc: Winnipeg MB Canada
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A couple of months ago, I PVR'd his biography on A&E. The stuff he did in the 60's & early 70's was brilliant. Too bad he lost his "touch". (Or didn't keep up with the times)


Well, it's like the first guy to split the atom (Ernest Rutherford, yes I had to google it)... his heart was probably in the right place, but because of him, the world got the A-bomb.

Phil Spector may have advanced audio engineering, but his "wall of sound" has transmogrified into a audio bomb. Highly compressed pop albums.

Adding a little shoo-wop to Motown, good. "Everything louder than everything else" in pop now, bad. (Apologies to Jim Steinman for stealing a lyric to describe it)

Bren R.

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#142225 - 12/19/06 12:11 AM Re: Great (and Poor) Recording Quality thread.... [Re: BrenR]
duckman Offline
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Registered: 01/09/03
Posts: 312
Loc: kansas
The Donnas "spend the night" is the most frustrating engineering travesty for me. Content wise this is in the same league as early Van Halen- greatness created by gifted craftspeople. Every song just has to be cranked, Unfortunatly that is not really possible on a good system.
I've found it's much better through my ipod. The ipod actually saves some of these cds.
The cds that come to mind for quality are Craig Chaquico- Accoustic Highway and Sierra-devotion
It's pretty sad when 30 yr old vinyl sounds better than the reissue cd.
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#142226 - 12/19/06 11:55 PM Re: Great (and Poor) Recording Quality thread.... [Re: duckman]
Craig_P Offline
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Registered: 12/06/02
Posts: 158
Loc: Ottawa, Ontario
The first Rage Against the Machine disc (self titled) sounds fantastic. Suberb sounding electric guitar/bass, drums, no other junk/effects, no compression. Pure and simple recording, sounds like they're playing right in the room with you.

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