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post #16 of 22

Best version is the Japanese Black Triangle CD. If you can't find that version, get the SACD version. wink_face.gif

post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 

I did check out the Japanese Black Triangle version (FLAC), which sounds like a very smooth, mellow and warm mix.  Maybe I'm not 'audiophile' enough, but I can't decide whether I like the MFSL version or the Black Triangle version better.  I can certainly hear the difference in both versions, but just can't rank one above the other.  I was constantly switching back and forth from Black Triangle version running on foobar and the MFSL disc playing through WMP.  The best I can describe it is the BT version seemed to have a more warm, natural analog sound, while the MFSL seemed to have a more enhanced, clean, and ultra hi-fi stereo sound if that makes sense. 


Now I will say that I was completely and utterly blown away by the SACD version.  You really haven't truly experienced this album until you've heard it in surround sound.  To say the music "comes alive" would be an understatement.  I literally sat in my listening sweet spot with eyes closed, smiling from ear to ear, immersed for all of 43 minutes in pure audio ecstasy.  I was transported through a vast soundscape, experiencing something that was both all too familiar, yet so different as I explored the intricate details of this finely woven sonic tapestry.  The music penetrated my mind, body and soul, elevating me to a higher level of appreciation and understanding for this genius work of music.  IMO, short of going back in time and being in the actual studio when this album was recorded, there's no better way to experience this album.    


BTW, I'm listening to the Black Triangle version right now.  smily_headphones1.gif



post #18 of 22
keep in mind a lossless rip of the black triangle version more than likely has not had any deemphasis applied (and the disc does indeed use preemphasis)

i have this on an original US vinyl pressing, a cassette copy, and the hybrid SACD (don't have SACD player at the moment)... (as well as lossless rips of the black triangle and mfsl CDs)

my favorite is the black triangle
post #19 of 22
Thread Starter 

The lossless rip I got is supposedly the de-emphasized version.  Certainly sounds de-emphasized to me, but I don't have a "pre-emphasized" version to compare it to.  lol 

post #20 of 22

(-_-)" so far I am listening to the FLAC version of this great album.


can anyone please show me which or where is the exact different between the different mastering as I'm curios ?

post #21 of 22

I would say it comes down to two choices for me.  Either the Black Triangle/Black Face Harvest with the following EAC numbers:



Track  1

     Filename G:\CD\Pink Floyd\The Dark Side Of The Moon (UK Harvest)\1-01 Speak To Me,Breathe.wav

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     Copy OK

Track  2

     Filename G:\CD\Pink Floyd\The Dark Side Of The Moon (UK Harvest)\1-02 On The Run.wav

     Peak level 43.3 %
     Extraction speed 8.4 X
     Track quality 100.0 %
     Copy CRC 5B9D9146
     Accurately ripped (confidence 66)  [50D38E60]  (AR v2)
     Copy OK

Track  3

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     Peak level 70.1 %
     Extraction speed 9.3 X
     Track quality 100.0 %
     Copy CRC B2031462
     Accurately ripped (confidence 66)  [396C660A]  (AR v2)
     Copy OK

Track  4

     Filename G:\CD\Pink Floyd\The Dark Side Of The Moon (UK Harvest)\1-04 The Great Gig In The Sky.wav

     Peak level 55.2 %
     Extraction speed 10.1 X
     Track quality 100.0 %
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     Copy OK

Track  5

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     Peak level 72.3 %
     Extraction speed 11.0 X
     Track quality 100.0 %
     Copy CRC 88A8DAAD
     Accurately ripped (confidence 66)  [60A9B0F4]  (AR v2)
     Copy OK

Track  6

     Filename G:\CD\Pink Floyd\The Dark Side Of The Moon (UK Harvest)\1-06 Us And Them.wav

     Peak level 44.5 %
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     Track quality 100.0 %
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     Accurately ripped (confidence 64)  [A7CD2275]  (AR v2)
     Copy OK

Track  7

     Filename G:\CD\Pink Floyd\The Dark Side Of The Moon (UK Harvest)\1-07 Any Colour You Like.wav

     Peak level 53.9 %
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     Track quality 100.0 %
     Copy CRC 9991735B
     Accurately ripped (confidence 64)  [3164D2C5]  (AR v2)
     Copy OK

Track  8

     Filename G:\CD\Pink Floyd\The Dark Side Of The Moon (UK Harvest)\1-08 Brain Damage.wav

     Peak level 54.6 %
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     Track quality 100.0 %
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     Copy OK

Track  9

     Filename G:\CD\Pink Floyd\The Dark Side Of The Moon (UK Harvest)\1-09 Eclipse.wav

     Peak level 61.2 %
     Extraction speed 12.8 X
     Track quality 100.0 %
     Copy CRC 1E39618A
     Accurately ripped (confidence 66)  [7223B71E]  (AR v2)
     Copy OK


From what I am reading ^ this is the original Sony mastering used on the very first CDs from Japan.



Either those early discs or the 2011 remaster which imo was very good.  The SACD is very worth it for this album and WYWH if you want surround sound.  There are better versions if you want CD masterings.

Edited by hogger129 - 12/6/15 at 8:30am
post #22 of 22

i just acquired a 2011 SACD disc minus case that was going to get tossed out at a thrift shop along with a bunch of other discs, mostly grateful dead, because they were in a big CD wallet. i doubt i'll be able to hear the SACD layer on my PC, but i will at least be able to compare it to my harvest disc which is a lot clearer sounding than the commercial release. it is a good sounding recording, up 'till money at least. everything after that sounds lower fi to me like the masters were lost, but i just don't see it as being one of the "best recordings ever" when a lot of acoustic tracks on rykodisc sound even better, particularly planet drum. a lot of vintage recordings sound really great too eg. bobby darrin and a lot of bachelor pad stuff. to my ears, DSoTM sounds very "studio". even blondie's "the tide is high" (including vocals) sounds more acoustic to me, where the PF vocals sound rather dry.


seeing i just got a pair of nice sounding superlux 681 EVO headphones yesterday, i have a system capable of hearing differences better. if i can play the SACD layer, i expect that to sound better.


well... playing the SACD layer on a PC ain't gonna happen. to my ears, the harvest version sounds airier in the treble than the 2011 CD layer, but is probably more ruthless on sibilants without going back and re-listening to the whole thing. i might have to go back and try listening to both on my presonus cans as the superluxes aren't fully broken in yet and could be choking the treble off on both discs. i remember the harvest disc sounding even airier than i just heard it. i can see some preferring the SACD version for being a bit warmer sounding, but i'm biased against that because the commercial release was so warm sounding it was so thick & muddied it obscured HF detail. the SACD CD layer sounds better than that, but my initial impression is the harvest mastering is more open and detailed sounding. i'm glad i caught it selling for $8 at a used record store now.


Edited by bass thump - 12/11/16 at 4:49pm
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