I haven't been using my speakers enough lately. I was listened to this again today but for the first time with my 803s, and man what a great thing good audio reproduction is given the recording is good enough. (I find the B&Ws rather unforgiving; give them a badly mixed and mastered record and you might find your mind wandering even if the music itself is really good.) The hairs at the back of my neck stood up for the whole duration of the disc (didn't listen to the instrumental version at the end). It's been a while since that happened. Listening to this with speakers allowed me to have a different and deeper emotional connection to this music that I haven't had before.
This is perhaps not the disc for audiophiles, but it's one of the few Vocaloid albums I've heard so far where the vocals have been mixed just right and they are actually projected into the room instead of just staying boringly and hardly audibly right between the speakers. Treow's mixing abilities truly commendable. I wish the mastering wasn't so hot, but I've heard - and unfortunately gotten somewhat used to - worse.
I could actually add that the two track created by Treow - "DYE/Re:flection+" and "For+" - do sound phenomenal and I could easily see myself using them as test tracks if I ever find myself auditioning gear in the future.
AVTechNO! × ELECTROCUTICA - DYE SYNTHESIS -extended-
Edited by TJ Elite - 12/30/12 at 11:29am