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4.0 out of 5 stars Mobile Fidelity Vinyl 2011 version, 9 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Into The Labyrinth [2 Lp] [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Firstly, this is an exceptionally beautiful recorded album, whether on CD, SACD or vinyl version. However, it's also quite expensive for this special Silver Line (budget!) Mobile Fidelity master on vinyl. The reason to buy this would be? Is it better than the excellent SACD version?

Firstly the Mobile Fidelity SACD version is a giant leap forward compared to the standard CD version. There is far more detail in the music and the voices have a real natural sound to their timbres. Bass is very full and firm and the treble sparkling.I've always considered these SACD's as premium quality products and a giant leap forwards from their CD counterparts. Can the vinyl really be any better? Well, I compared the two on good quality equipment and the results were pretty amazing. The vinyl was even more spacious, the bass deeper and lower and the treble sweet and more detailed. Voices were the biggest gain being far more natural and "in your living room live". Comparing back to the SACD, it just sounded harsh and digital, something I wouldn't have believed before. The quality of the packaging is also of high quality, but so are the SACD's.

To summarise, an excellent product, probably the best rendition of a format for home listening, but why 4 stars? Simply, the cost. The vinyl costs 4 times what the SACD cost and is it 4 times better? Well no, and yes? Your decision and good luck with it!

Go on, I would!
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Initial post: 1 Jul 2011 00:06:33 BDT
Thomas Wood says:
Exactly what I want from a review thank you.
Do you know the Fremer review on musicangle?

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2011 15:06:04 BDT
Sanjay Mehta says:
Hi Thomas,
Thanks for the comment. No, I didn't know the other review, but have now looked and thank godness it's similar!
Just in case you are interested, Mobile Fidelity's pressing of Spiritchaser is also decent, but the difference between SACD and vinyl is not as great.
Thanks, Sanjay.

Posted on 8 May 2014 20:17:51 BDT
Zaroff says:
When you leave this mortal coil, are you perhaps leaving your auditory cortex to science? Can i bid for it on ebay...

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2015 23:06:32 GMT
SACD is nowhere near as good as vinyl but it is better than CD.I once heard this album at a high fi show they had a decent turn table and a Sony SACD player behind screens and nearly everyone preferred the sound of the record player over this.
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