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pfillion

Is that the original or the one released on DVD-A

This is one of my favorite albums but the original sounds only decent IMHO. I would love a remastered version
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This is what I was going to say, it has a super clean sound.
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This.
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I like this album very much but the mastering leaves much to be desired. It's almost completely brickwalled and there is distortion caused by this.
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I like this album very much but the mastering leaves much to be desired. It's almost completely brickwalled and there is distortion caused by this.
And the sound of the drums. It just does not sound that good. Certainly nothing that a drum manufacturer would want to put their name on (though the PT drummer does promote a drum brand). "The Sonor drum company has asked me to announce that these are Ludwig drums"

I just scrolled through my music sorted by release year. I don't have much rock music from 2000 -2009 that isn't a reissue. And of what I have there isn't much that stands out for having good mastering.

The one that does stand out from the quick scroll through is Poi Dog Pondering "7". It sounds pretty darn good especially for something released this decade (2008).

This is what Poi Dog Pondering says about "7" on their web site:
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NOTES ON THE MASTERING:
You will notice that "7" is a little quieter than most pop recordings these days. That was intentional. There is a volume war going on in modern music, because everyone wants to appear louder. This has lead to seriously compressed... even distorted recordings, that frankly sound bad. We put too much into the quality of recording to let this happen at the final stage, so we found a mastering house (Chicago Mastering Services) who feel the same way and they did a fantastic job preserving the integrity of the recording and let it blossom.
Go figure. No wonder it has a chance to sound good.

Course I could stack the deck and consider albums that aren't rock. But that would be too easy.
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Even if the music does not belong to this decade, i think the newly remastered ( 2008 ) Genesis 70-75 box set deserves a mention, they are remixed from scratch and sound much better than the originals which i have on vinyl.

Mind that i have the 200g vinyl edition but i've read positive reviews even about the digital version.
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All Antony and the Johnsons albums have very good sound quality.Balanced and with lots detail.I saw them on a few hifi reviews as test material..
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Radiohead albums (especially in Rainbows) are serious victims of the loundess war. Check this out: YouTube - Loudness Wars a Modern Example (Radiohead)
In terms of that I don't disagree, virtually every mainstream album is like this nowadays. Worst of all is when you not only get no dynamics but clipping too. But dynamics aren't everything.

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Diana Krall - Quiet Nights is actually one of the better mastered albums of this decade. EQ work on it isn't that bad either.
Wow, this does sound like it's mastered incredibly well. Will be sure to keep it as reference.
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pfillion

Is that the original or the one released on DVD-A

This is one of my favorite albums but the original sounds only decent IMHO. I would love a remastered version
Yes it's the DVD-A version.
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I like this album very much but the mastering leaves much to be desired. It's almost completely brickwalled and there is distortion caused by this.
Deadwing seems to clip quite badly. Has anyone else noticed this? particularly noticeable for me in the left channel guitar in "shallow".....unless I am imagining it.
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Yes it's the DVD-A version.
That expains it

Thanks

Would love to hear Trains in 5.1. PT recently helped King Krimson remaster an album in 5.1. I think that album was voted best mastered album this year
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The one that does stand out from the quick scroll through is Poi Dog Pondering "7". It sounds pretty darn good especially for something released this decade (2008).
A few comments about the album "7". It has some lo-fi influence in some of the individual sounds and a little in the overall sound. It is certainly not lo-fi, but just a hint of a bit of some lo-fi influence. They record analog when they can and use analog effects when they can. They try to keep an organic feel in the music.

I mention that so nobody goes buying the album just based on mastering and then expect audiophile demo material. It's a very enjoyable and fun listen. It really is fun to listen to. The mastering does no harm to the music. Just don't expect high end system demo material. Overall soundstage is a bit constrained, could be more open and expansive. I consider that a side-effect of the lo-fi influence. It is still a hi-fi album.
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Nine Inch Nails' Ghosts I-IV is by no means a perfect example, but there are some pretty good sounding tracks on it.
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Praises to the War Machine by Warrel Dane
Thanks for Flying with Us by Mats/Morgan Band

Both of these sound pristine to me.
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