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Best Recording Quality You've Ever Heard?

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Post the best recorded, or mastered if the album is electronic, album you've ever heard in your life.

 

Mine has to be Altered: Second Movements by Solar Fields. The intro is mind numbing:Solar_Fields_-_Altered-Second_Movements_(2010).jpg

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2011 Remaster - Simply Awesome!

 

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I just found a new one this past weekend in the Decca Sound box set...

 

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Ansermet / Suisse Romande

De Falla: Three Cornered Hat

 

Spectacular sound. I've never heard anything that sounds better.

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I'm fond of the SACD version of Leo Kottke's 6 & 12 String Guitar (the "Armadillo Album") recording.

Great performance and great recording.

Even if you're not into bluegrass/country, there's a good chance you'd love this album. Kottke is amazing. Give it a try.
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I heard the 2011 Remasters weren't that great...I really want to give them a listen but I won't be buying the box set without hearing them first.

 

Especially having just bought the SACD of Dark Side of the Moon.
 

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2011 Remaster - Simply Awesome!

 

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I heard the 2011 Remasters weren't that great...I really want to give them a listen but I won't be buying the box set without hearing them first.

 

Especially having just bought the SACD of Dark Side of the Moon.
 



 

 



Depends if your rig is up to the task. biggrin.gif

 

Seriously, from Piper to Meddle the improvements are HUGE and from DSoTM to Division Bell, still quite a good step up. FWIW, I have the Discovery Ed. and the Immersion Ed.s of DSoTM and WYWH.

 

 

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Don't laugh, this is recorded rather well. Disney can record a very amazing traditional Christmas album if they'd put their mind to it again. Some tracks are full orchestra, some are a-Capella recordings of carolers, some of in the style of big band....a very interesting mix on one album.

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I couldn't pick just one biggrin.gif

 

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Ok so there is some hiss, but if that doesn't bother you.

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Ok so there is some hiss, but if that doesn't bother you.


I think you misunderstood the thread title...

 

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I think you misunderstood the thread title...

 



I understood the title quite well.  Should I go ahead and consider everything recorded to tape as poor quality?  I can't think of any album with better or sounding percussion than Max's drums on this album, and that is why I chose it.

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I understood the title quite well.  Should I go ahead and consider everything recorded to tape as poor quality?  I can't think of any album with better or sounding percussion than Max's drums on this album, and that is why I chose it.



If the 'best recording quality you've ever heard' has audible hiss, you need to listen to some of the recordings the other guys have mentioned.

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Sound quality has a lot more to do with miking and mixing than it does the recording medium. Tape hiss shouldn't be an issue.

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I'm loving this thread, and I figured it was about time to contribute:

 

I'll nominate the 1975 recording of Norman Blake, Tut Taylor, Dave Holland, Sam Bush, et al., often referenced as the Hank Deane or HDS Sessions as a worthy contender.  See: http://webpages.charter.net/tutbro/tuthds.html.  Dave Shreve uses this LP to fine tune VTA adjustments (as discussed here: http://www.tnt-audio.com/sorgenti/vta_method_e.html ), and I've never heard playback of a string bass sound more real than when I had a chance to listen to track 2 "Sauerkraut and Solar Energy" on his setup.  The downside: it seems damn near impossible to get your hands on a copy of the CD version, but the LP shows up on auction sites with a fair degree of regularity.

 

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Edited by skeptic - 11/28/11 at 4:53pm
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