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4.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl or CD?, 28 July 2010
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This review is from: Mahler Symphony 10: Recomposed by Mathew Herbert [VINYL] (Vinyl)
I have reviewed the actual work on the CD issue of this work already: Recomposed by Matthew Herbert. This is a comparison of the CD and vinyl releases.

The L.P. is pressed on heavyweight vinyl and has good quiet surfaces, although my copy had a few manufacturing clicks. As the work is only 37 minutes long, it is cut at a reasonably high level, and the cutting engineer has stayed well away from the centre label, avoiding end of side distortion.

The recording has a huge dynamic range, and the CD is superior in this respect, although you may prefer the slightly more limited range of the L.P. The massive discordant/disco section has been well managed on the vinyl however. To my surprise, I found the CD was better at revealing low-level detail. And I did not find the vinyl copy any 'warmer' sounding than the CD. (Although I have an open mind about this subject, most of my L.P.s do sound warmer to me than the equivalent CDs).

But it's not just about sound. The illustrations are of course far superior reproduced at 12 inches square. However the booklet with my L.P. does not contain as many pages as the CD; there is no reproduction of the photo of Mahler, or of Herbert by the sea. Is this intended, or have I a rogue booklet? Most shamefully, the record plant has used a cheap paper bag to house the actual disc; surely they should have used a polythene-lined inner? I found I had to physically pull with force to remove the disc which static was holding to the bag; in time this will surely introduce scratches. Such penny-pinching!

Of course you don't have to get up to change sides with the CD, which just about decides it.

Unless like me you just like the long-playing record regardless.
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Steve
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