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Drtrey3
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Beatle mp3s

I have been cleaning up my iPod Beatles sections after getting the usb Beatle set (Git one!) and the mono box set (mine was counterfit but sounded fine.) I also have home ripped mp3s from cd quality or better rips of the Japanese and British pressings. I have been listening to the various overlapping copies and trying to keep only the best stereo and mono versions.

I use the word versions because sometimes, that is what I have, different mixes of the same song! Some of this I knew. There are some interesting variations of the German pressing of Magical Mystery Tour.

But I was unprepared for the variation of the usb set's mp3s. Some are great, as good as, but differing from my vinyl rips. Others are practically indestinguishable from the vinyl. Then there are a few that are lacking in bass and do not sound like the tunes I remember.

This does not apply to the 24 bit flac files which are great in my experience, only to some of the mp3s. Anybody else notice this or have a different experience?

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Re: Beatle mp3s

I have had some of the odd versions on mp3 as well. Not like what I have on vinyl or cd, not like anything I remember from my youth, and not very good either. I'd prefer the vinyl if most of them weren't so scratched. The only perfect vinyls I have are Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road on a Jap pressing.

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Re: Beatle mp3s

I find mp3's, in general, seem to offer up a different perspective.

For The Beatles set, there seems to be more midrange emphasis which may seem to take away from the bass line.

It's been completely fine for hooking the mp3 player to the car system, but there is a distinct 'not quite right-ness' on the mp3's.

Which tracks are you thinking of and maybe we can compare, I have that same USB set.

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Buddha, I am at the office for awhile, but I will be back to the editing task after dinner and give you an answer.

The mp3s sound different from vinyl or other full range media of course, but the differences between the various mp3s was unexpected and quite interesting!

Trey

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OK, back at home, and Nowhere Man is best from my own rip of the Japanese import, the second best is the Yellow Submarine Songbook version, with the USB version coming in a bass anemic last. This is avoiding the mono versions as a different matter entirely.

On Piggies, the USB version has a nice sparkle while still maintaining a bit of bass. My domestic album rip lacks the sparkle but catches a bit more bass.

And so it goes! I have not found muc of a pattern, but then I have not looked too hard for one!

What do you think Buddha?

Trey

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I will check those specific cuts this week!

Wednesday evening is my window.

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