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I did a quick listen this morning before packing both up. I was in a bit of an Adele mood, so I fired up her 21 album. One thing that struck me was during the opening sequence of One and Only. The ASG-2 presented the piano with great richness, space, and timbre, but the 1Plus2 almost sounded like a harpsichord in comparison. It was really interesting to hear.

 

Buy Live At The Royal Albert Hall. You will stop listening to the studio albums thereafter.

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sorry, never liked Adele, cannot even imagine how she was at famous Albert Hall where real giants sang.
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sorry, never liked Adele, cannot even imagine how she was at famous Albert Hall where real giants sang.



Only real giants are allowed in there ;)

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Buy Live At The Royal Albert Hall. You will stop listening to the studio albums thereafter.

 

Oh, trust that I have it biggrin.gif. I ripped it to audio and I sometimes listen to it on long drives. I love her personality.

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I just got my shipping confirmation from Aurisonics! Hopefully they'll be here by early next week.

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Oh, trust that I have it biggrin.gif. I ripped it to audio and I sometimes listen to it on long drives. I love her personality.

 

About a month ago I made a commitment to demo new cans with my favourite live albums in terms of both sound reproduction and emotional incitement. In my experience it is seemingly harder to get instrument timbre "right" versus vocal timbre. All of my cans to a degree reproduce the same underlying quality in the singer's voice. But they all reproduce piano notes (for example) differently. Someone Like You is a good track because in theory it is just her voice and piano chords. But different cans will have the piano more forward than others in the mix, the left hand lower notes more prominent than others. Do not want to look ocd but once you notice it then hard not to test each can for it tongue.gif

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As nice as the Royal Albert Hall is (the building), acoustics are actually pretty poor — The Royal Festival Hall & Queen Elizabeth Hall, to name but two, have much better acoustics.

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sorry, never liked Adele, cannot even imagine how she was at famous Albert Hall where real giants sang.

 

The mastering of her albums are atrocious and do her vocals no justice at all. I know quality when I hear it and she is a very good singer. But the idiots who mastered her CDs destroyed them.

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Cables are like burn-in. The differences are there, and measurable. To what extent they are audible is another story. That said they are like burn-in because where is the talk of expensive cables making the sound worse? There's all the talk of synergy, which I know can get important to some degree, but with cables, it's never worse, only the same or better. I want to hear someone say that their expensive ass cable has terrible synergy with their IEMs or rig and make it sound worse.

I disagree with this. I've experienced both good and bad with different cables. The first cable I tried as a matter of fact I experienced both good and bad. I purchased a 5 OCC pure silver cable from eBay seller zeroshoe. It literally turned my IE8s into sibilant garbage. This was worse than the EX1000s for me. I was pissed to say the least. I contacted him and ripped him a new one lol. He asked me to run the cable in for a few days and then get back to him. At the the time I thought he was BSing me of course....

Well anyways after letting the IE8s run in for a few days it sounded much better. The spikes were gone. Very smooth yet there was more treble emphasis than before. Mid bass slightly decreased. The mids came slightly more forward while the sound stage got bigger. As a result the IE8s were clearer sounding. I later emailed him an apology and thanked him for such a good cable. I was a believer now.

Note that's not the only time I've had bad experiences with cables. Even with interconnects depending on the source I'll find my silver cable LOD to make things too fatiguing & it leans out the mids and bass while increasing lower treble upper mids presence. This is the case on my AK120 paired with the T1 amp. I much prefer copper cable on this combination. It brings the vocals slightly more upfront yet not in a fatiguing way. The sound staging as a whole is more intimate. The sound is warmer overall with slightly more bass quantity. More natural I'd say. The copper is also significantly cheaper than my silver cable LOD BTW. wink.gif
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The mastering of her albums are atrocious and do her vocals no justice at all. I know quality when I hear it and she is a very good singer. But the idiots who mastered her CDs destroyed them.

Ok, but tell us how you reeaally feel about the CDs.



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It was literally worse than the EX1000 for me.

Whoa.
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Ok, but tell us how you reeaally feel about the CDs.



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The mastering is poor. Poor dynamic range. It's loudness wars 101. Her vocals are extremely harsh sounding due in part to the compression. The vinyl does sound slightly better but it still sounds pretty crappy to me. Sounds like her albums were mastered from 64 Kb mp3 ;). But that's not to say she isn't a superb singer. The albums do her no justice.


Edited by lee730 - 7/18/13 at 3:35pm
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The mastering is poor. No dynamic range. Its loudness wars 101. Her vocals are extremely harsh sounding due in part to the compression. The vinyl does sound slightly better but it still sounds pretty crappy to me. Sounds like her albums were mastered from 64 Kb mp3 wink.gif.

Are you sure you're talking about her 21 album? 19 had some bad ones (chasing pavements, cold shoulder), but not as bad as you say...

You must have some crazy revealing gear.
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Are you sure you're talking about her 21 album? 19 had some bad ones (chasing pavements, cold shoulder), but not as bad as you say...

You must have some crazy revealing gear.

 

Her 21 album is pretty bad to me eke. Do some searches you'll find a bunch of people complaining on how bad the mastering is. I like the youtube video version better than the CD lol. I love the song hate the mastering. That just makes me more upset. :P

 

 

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The CD version:

 

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The Vinyl Version:

 

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Edited by lee730 - 7/18/13 at 3:46pm
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Her 21 album is pretty bad to me eke. Do some searches you'll find a bunch of people complaining on how bad the mastering is. I like the youtube video version better than the CD lol. I love the song hate the mastering. That just makes me more upset. :P

Hmm. Maybe I haven't noticed because I'more drawn into the music. Thabks for bursting my bubble.
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