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post #151 of 163

Anything of these incredibly recorded albums.  You may not like the music, but the quality is EXCEPTIONAL:

 

Stravinsky The Firebird - London Symphony/Antal Dorati

Royal Ballet Performances - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden/Ernest Ansermet

Harry Belafonte - 'Belafonte at Carnegie Hall'  and 'Belafonte Returns to Carnegie Hall'

Antil:  Corroboree Ballet Suite etc. - London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Eugene Goossens

The Weavers - Reunion at Carnegie Hal

post #152 of 163

Try this one guys...

 

A. R. Rahman - Warriors of Heaven and Earth (OST)

 

Especially the song "Dacoit Duel". I suspect only few systems in the world can portray this track with justice. So much detail.

post #153 of 163
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Try this one guys...

A. R. Rahman - Warriors of Heaven and Earth (OST)

Especially the song "Dacoit Duel". I suspect only few systems in the world can portray this track with justice. So much detail.

"Between heaven and earth"?

Cinematic stuff.

Bit puzzled here, A R Rahman did do the soundtrack for the film "Warriors of Heaven & Earth", Qobuz lists an album called "between heaven and Earth" with a track Dacoit Duel.
Edited by alcyst - 1/9/15 at 1:31pm
post #154 of 163
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Try this one guys...

A. R. Rahman - Warriors of Heaven and Earth (OST)

Especially the song "Dacoit Duel". I suspect only few systems in the world can portray this track with justice. So much detail.

"Between heaven and earth"?

Cinematic stuff.

Bit puzzled here, A R Rahman did do the soundtrack for the film "Warriors of Heaven & Earth", Qobuz lists an album called "between heaven and Earth" with a track Dacoit Duel.

Same on Spotify.  Sounds great though through my PC>HRT Microstreamer>Cayin C5>HifiMan HE560.

post #155 of 163

BHAE is a re-release, I believe.

post #156 of 163

nice thread, I wanted to make a thread like this but nice that is already done :)

 

I will answer istinctively with what I use now:

Pink Floyd Money and Time + The Zen of Space by Zakir Hussain to see the detail and soundstage and panning

Limit to Your Love by James Blake + Balloons (Club Mix) by Nils Hoffmann for the Bass

Boa Sorte (Good Luck) by Vanessa de Mata & Ben Harper + Roads by Portishead + Hope there's Someone by Antony and the Johnsons for mids and vocals and warmth

No particular one for highs. But I am open to suggestions :)

post #157 of 163

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik album

post #158 of 163
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Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik album
Californication Gets lots of abuse over in "Worst recorded/Mastered Albums" on account of compression, where did it all go wrong!
post #159 of 163
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Californication Gets lots of abuse over in "Worst recorded/Mastered Albums" on account of compression, where did it all go wrong!

Hi alcyst!

 

I believe RHCP's Californication is given so much grief because it's one of the first what they're considering "overcompressed" in the current 'loudness war" ..there's a huge movement especially in Europe in quieting down mastering and leaving in the dynamics instead of tight compressed loudness. Look up "loudness war" on Wikipedia, it spells it out in more detail :)

post #160 of 163
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Hi alcyst!

 

I believe RHCP's Californication is given so much grief because it's one of the first what they're considering "overcompressed" in the current 'loudness war" ..there's a huge movement especially in Europe in quieting down mastering and leaving in the dynamics instead of tight compressed loudness. Look up "loudness war" on Wikipedia, it spells it out in more detail :)

Also, thinking in retrospect, A buddy of mine and me went to their concert in Houston on their Californication Tour and the Foo Fighters opened for them. At the time Flea and the guys were pushing a movement of lower distorted/overdriven guitar (lots of concentrated mids) and bring up the lower end (bass/drums) to keep the 'power' in the rock but save folks' hearing. The style of mastering may reflect that and when that album sold huge (I think that's their best selling album in their career) of course the big music industry jumped all over it.. "Making it louder must mean it sells more!" .. well that's my educated guesswork, but it sounds logical to me.. I honestly don't think that mastering style was made for sales so much as altruistic to help save folks' hearing, but because it sounded 'different' and sold so big, well.. you can fill in the rest :) Of course, that's just my opinion, I could be wrong LOL

post #161 of 163

Interesting to see what would happen if people were given a choice between: no compression/better mastering, or 2x DSD of 128k 24bit FLAC, which way they would jump.

post #162 of 163
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Interesting to see what would happen if people were given a choice between: no compression/better mastering, or 2x DSD of 128k 24bit FLAC, which way they would jump.

 

Well, that certainly is a loaded question. lol  Of course, there's genre-specific "sound" (e.g., acoustic jazz vs. EDM vs. modern country and rock vs. rnb). But now, after personal research for my music, we mastering the 'end product' are highly encouraged to have separate 'masters' of our album, song, video for each delivery platform. That means one for a CD, one for YouTube, one for iTunes, one for Amazon, one for.. etc. etc. because EVERY platform has a different set of digital parameters for their specific compression scheme. Heck, the reason why I even found this site was researching 'alac' vs. 'flac' .. heh. Apparently all 'digital' content isn't the same and it seems everyone wants to 'reinvent the wheel' lol .. :D  How's that for an answer? :D :D :D

post #163 of 163

Hello guys!

I just was on a High end hifi exhibition, and there was a track many of them was playing on there equipment, but I forgot to ask what the name of the track was.

 

but it start with a solo guitarr play and then like 30-40sec in i think it start with someone singing Railway letter or somthing like that. it was also live, and some had it on digital devices and some on vinyl discs.

 

Anyone know the name of the track? :)

 

Thanks

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