Originally Posted by spandexninja
Is there any difference in sound quality between a SHM-CD Rip and a Regular-CD Rip?
Let's assume that the only difference is the CD material (not some special SHM remaster version). The CDs are ripped using EAC. The resulting files are 100% exact audio copies of the original CD.
I was listening to a source from SHM this week. I did not know what this referred to.
What I did know is that these sources sounded better than my many old versions of classic material that I have known well for decades, heard on vinyl, 8-track, cassette, CD, gold CD, DCC, MFSL and various audiophile remastering incarnations.
Often these SHM sound far superior to the point where I am A/B the sources as they sound as though they have been EQéd because there is so much more detail and SQ in many of these sources. The lower mid and upper bass range, espeically, seems to be affected in these releases. That could easily be EQ in the remastering process.
I have found it often to be the case that Japanese pressings and remasterings sound superior to other sources.
Whether this is due to detail in process, the remastering chain, being able to get a *real* first generation master and not a regional safety copy, the engineering and tech involved, low pressing counts on stampers, or other factors, it is clear that often Japanese pressings and recordings and sources are better sounding.
As far as the SHM material, I have no idea what that is.
I *can*, however, tell you that the first CD I purchased in 1983, REM's ;Murmur'', has begun to have physical drop outs for the past 3 or 4 years.
In the case of that CD it *is* a case that this delaminated and began to decay, and lose the ability to store music (it skips and drops out and the spots are visible to the naked eye).
This breakdown, by the way, is precisely what MFSL, DCC and the Gold CD makers claimed.
The handful of Gold CD's I have from 1988 have not had this issue.Edited by marone - 5/26/14 at 3:10pm