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georgehifi
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1st issue digital CD releases vs streamed/downloaded later re-issues

Wonder how you guys feel to what I say below?

Playing "original non-remastered" CD's are usually so much better to my ears in dynamic range, than any new (just louder) CD's that been remastered, and that are usually used by streaming/download companies, which have been dynamically compressed.

(but compression does have it's place and is good for "music on the move in noisy background situations" car, iPod, ear buds, or if your hard of hearing those quite notes, etc etc)

Original first issues CD's are the best for dynamic range, which gives the music and your brain a "chance to breath", you can't have "loud" if you have no "quite"
Here is just one example of a classic one only made album but re-issued many times of a British–American supergroup consisting of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty. " The Travelling Willburys"

Look what happens the younger the re-issues become
Green is good (uncompressed), yellow (fair), orange and red (compressed rubbish)
https://dr.loudness-war.info/album/list/year?artist=Traveling+Wilburys

Cheers George

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Interesting!

I'm a relative rube with regard to the modern-day digital world but always willing to learn more. That's one reason why I found this post interesting. I don't have much experience with music streaming services or even downloading music and burning CD's. All things being equal, I still prefer good quality vinyl recordings, compared to anything I've heard, thus far, in the digital realm. That being said, I've yet to hear or listen to what I think is commonly referred to as "high resolution streaming", unless I was unknowingly treated to that in my most recent upgrade shopping expeditions. As such, I don't know how or even if this is relevant to this discussion but, for what it's worth, I have a library of approximately 400 physical media CD's, most if not all of which are original releases. Like records, I've found the sound quality of these original CD releases varies, sometimes markedly, depending upon multiple factors (e.g. sound engineering; mixing; recording source; etc.). Original release digital master CD recordings on physical media generally sound best, to me, even better than anything I've heard directly over a streaming service or burned on a CD with a home computer. Still not better than vinyl but pretty nice. Of course, I'm sure the components in one's audio system have everything to do with this. Not having any technical expertise in sound engineering, I can only imagine that whatever remastering is or does opens up a whole world of variables dependent upon the equipment used, the person(s) doing it and the source(s).

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Another example of re-issues being compressed, just sent to me

It's the Yello Flag album
https://dr.loudness-war.info/album/list/year?artist=Yello&album=Flag

See how the later streamed/downloaded one get SQUASHED!

Cheers George

Cheers George

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