|Originally posted by andrzejpw
True, they have been remastered. But still, if you can use it, why not? The improvement may not be major, but its still there. Basically, if you already have it, its free. :-)
Not sure if I understand. There are CD's out there that have been mastered both HDCD and non-HDCD. Comparing the album versions of the tracks from Nine Inch Nails' The Fragile
(non-HDCD) to the versions of the tracks that were duplicated on the singles (HDCD) is one example that comes to mind. Those are the exact same masters, yet one was processed with HDCD encoding. I think that's a more fair comparison. Another one that comes to mind is the version of "Red House" on the City of Angels
soundtrack (HDCD) -- compared with whatever the most recent remaster of his greatest hits is (non-HDCD).
I do, in general, agree with the latter portion of your statement, and that is exactly what I have done for myself. But in most situations, the two are mutually exclusive, and I can't recommend the path that I've taken from the perspective of financial soundness.