Nice result Lambda. Okey dokey, if you want to blitz dsotm in the mastering dept and put a huge silly grin on your face buy the following, unless you already have em then dont ,lol.
The Final Cut. Without a shadow of a doubt the best sq of all Floyd slabs, end of, i wont listen to any againsts,lol.
Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking. Just buy it .
Very good indeed.
I have to fully agree with you: while I've only ever heard two CD issues of DSotM (the original 80s pressing and the 2011 remaster) I'm still waiting to hear one which comes remotely close to a good vinyl pressing. I don't know why creating a really good stereo CD of DSotM is so hard. I'd even wager that any vinyl pressings from the past ten to fifteen years have been sourced from digital archives in Abbey Road to start with, including the 30th Anniversary LP which I highly rate, so it's not a problem which can be pinpointed directly at digital per se. Yet somehow it just doesn't work well on CD. On CD it's clinical, narrow, cold and uninviting. Just about the polar opposite of the same album on vinyl.
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"On CD it's clinical, narrow, cold and uninviting. "
Yes, that was *exactly* what I thought when I put the CD on. My friend has the new box set of all of Pink Floyd. Can't say I'm amazingly impressed by the SQ on there either.
The best version of DSotM I possess on CD is the CDR I made myself from the 30th Anniversary LP. This is despite the fact that, compared to the commercial CD, the potential SQ of my home-recorded CD has been compromised by my turntable/arm/cartridge, my amp, my audio interface, the limitations of the vinyl LP itself as an audio-carrying medium, and the limitations of the cutting/pressing processes behind its manufacture. Go figure.
I've got an original Wish you were here album and although the latest re-issue sleeves and posters are excellent, the sound quality - even through the crackles and surface noise- on the old record is certainly more immediate, dynamic and is cut at a higher level. I suppose it all depends on the cutting engineer and source of master material. It's a shame you cannot try before you buy.
That's where Spotify comes in handy, but it relies on the album you want being on it. And Floyd aren't. If they had been, I doubt I'd have bought the 2011 DSotM remaster. Conversely, I heard the Graceland 25th remaster on Spotify, thought 'Wow!' and immediately bought the CD.
Bit behind the times here . . . however, read the good, the bad and the frustrated coments in respect of dsom. Its 10 o'clock in the morning and we are waiting for the district nurse to come . . . drag out dsom, have a listen, I have the 'Original Master Recording' in vinyl and gold CD. Tried the last two tracks on both, as this is where the problems seem to be? . . . neither of my versions exhibited any hint of destortion, the CD is clearly inferior to the vinyl, but thats not a destortion issue. I have not played 'Dark side' for a while, so, after this post I will indulge in some well recorded vinyl nostalgia . . .
I have the 1997 version of Dark Side Of The Moon and that sounds great to me