Anyone have any opinions on these? Can I assume since it has been remastered that it it better? Just wondering what everyone thought.
It depends on what discs you're talking about...
Get a copy of "Louis Armstrong plays W. C. Handy" Columbia SACD for a wonderful example of remastering. Liner notes include full description of the trials and tribulations of restoring the original content of that great album. the best remasterings are great, and this is an example. Some, on the other hand, not so good. Isn't that always the case.
I was curious about the new releases by the Moody Blues. Also Boston came out with their first two releases. There is a note on the Boston website about Tom Scholz finding out about the remastering of his music without him knowing it. He intervened and did it himself. Is this what the record companies are doing now adays? I have noticed on some of the older Van Halen discs that the level on the cd is low. The newer ones seem to have a higher signal. I am also curious about some of the Rush discs and how they sound.
I think the loudness war is going on. The drums, guitars etc...are too loud and sounds distorted and then the sound is being compressed , the original recorded sound is lost.
You can sample these in youtube, there are several examples.
The original LP versions of these so called remastered cds are the best.
this issue has been an interest of mine for a while. supposedly anything remastered by steve hoffman (the cars - anthology) is going to be great.
here's a neat article on loudness from bob weston of chicago mastering service. i think i understood everything...
anyway, i'm skeptical of remasters in general if all that means is things were made louder. it's quite a sea to navigate in the search of good tunes.
i agree that original lps tend to sound better than...anything, usually.