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Re: [regsaudioforum] RR's Arnold Overtures

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  • Peter
    Thanks, Tom!  You re the first exception to my rule of thumb (as it applies to audio/video equipment, music, film, literature, food, wine, beer, or even
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      Thanks, Tom!  You're the first exception to my rule of thumb (as it applies to audio/video equipment, music, film, literature, food, wine, beer, or even Consumer Reports):  "I've never met a critic who agrees with me."

      From: Tom Mallin <tmallin4@...>
      To: "regsaudioforum@yahoogroups.com" <regsaudioforum@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Friday, March 29, 2013 12:23 AM
      Subject: Re: [regsaudioforum] RR's Arnold Overtures
       
      I basically agree with this comparison of the CD and HRx versions of RR 48.
      On Mar 28, 2013, at 5:54 PM, Peter <alcomdata@...> wrote:
       
      I just got the HRx version of Reference Recordings' Arnold Overtures album.
       
      I seconded (or thirded, if there is such a word) somebody else's nomination of the CD version to the top 15 list.
       
      Based on a quick comparison of the first track (A Sussex Overture), I'd say the HRx version is a clear winner, but I'' be the first to admit it's not a fair comparison since I can't equalize the levels (they're radically different).
       
      The new one is a DVD-R data disc, which many shiny disc players don't recognize (except computer drives).  My Oppo 95 recognizes it and plays it, but you have to go through a couple more steps than you do to play a regular CD.  The DVD-R consists of 176.4 KHz 24-bit WAV files; unfortunately, neither my Oppo (nor the new 103 and 105 players) support gapless playback, which one of the Oppo's most glaring flaws, at least for me.  It can't be fixed with firmware.
       
      In any event, the hi-rez version is a "digital transfer from the original Reference Recordings analogue master tapes," according to the package.  The text in the notes is essentially identical to the CD, but the CD has photos and sketches missing in the high-priced version.
       
      I'm playing both versions "straight," as stereo only--no center channel, no subs, no surrounds--using the Oppo's balanced analog outs through the Anthem D2V's analog pass through. 
       
      The CD is at a higher level than the WAV files.  I'll tinker around to see if I can get them close.
       
      Bottom line:  Is the hi-rez version worth $45?  Certainly not for everything, but for a few select albums?  Perhaps.
       
       
       
       
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