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3.0 out of 5 stars Surround mix review: OK, 3 Dec 2007
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This review is from: Brothers In Arms - 20th Anniversary Edition (Audio CD)
Here's a summary:

1) The surround mix uses the full length versions as heard on CD & cassette (rather than the edited 1,2,4&5 tracks on the vinyl)

2) Money For Nothing suffers in surround. Some of the original very prominent keyboard sounds have been mixed out and the track doesn't sound right for it.

3) The mix is very echoey and I found it hard work to listen to in a long sitting.

4) It appears that the 5.1 mix is more compressed than the original mix. The impact of the louder passages on The Man's Too Strong is not really there for me

5) The rear channels are used well, backing vocals and keyboard parts, etc can be heard at the back.

Shame about the reverb!
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Initial post: 21 Nov 2009 13:17:30 GMT
John Smith says:
Very nice summary. I'll leave this, as it doesn't sound like a true audiophile master by your description - I don't buy any disc that is fighting the wrong side of the 'loudness wars'!
Hopefully one day it will be issued on an original master gold CD on one of the audiophile labels.
Thanks for the valuable info.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 May 2011 13:08:01 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2012 10:19:33 BDT
Iain West says:
this album transfers to my full HD 3D amplifier with the use of a high speed HD lead, the transfer rate in 5.1 surround sound is 176000Hz this is 3 times higher than any conventional bluray released today which is 48000Hz. This album has the highest bitrate and the best audio I've ever heard in my life. From what you to are saying it sounds to me like you need to upgrade you audio systems to the latest technology.........then play the super audio CD and review the quality.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2012 13:17:13 BDT
I don't think you understand. The sound quality issues on this SACD have nothing to do with the sample rate. You are also comparing two different formats for digital audio. DSD is 1 bit, and blu-ray PCM is going to be 16 or 24 bit. The bits per second [sample rate x bit depth x number of channels (then factored down if data compression is used)] will not determine if the signal has dynamic compression. It does set limits on the dynamic range available, but not necessarily that taken by the mastering, mixing and recording engineers. If it's the best audio you've heard, then great for you, but in terms of the maths, and the actual listening there is much better out there so maybe you've got some treats ahead of you. Also try to think of it this way, if you take a picture with a resolution of 300 dpi and scan it at 1000 dpi, it is the same picture with the same effective resolution, but now taking up a lot more space due to redundant data. Try not to just look at the spec sheet because there is much more to it than that.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Feb 2013 18:46:00 GMT
NSD ST3 says:
I think that you guys all need to get out more. Try a visit to the pub!
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