The Beatles Remasters

With the massive amount of publicity (some would say hype) surrounding the new remastered Beatles Cds I thought it was time to dig out the old CDs and compare them to a couple of the new editions.
From what I’ve read they have talked about limiting to bring things up to date. From what I can see and what I can here they have cleaned up the sound , firmed up the bottom end considerably and added a degree of compression that is unfortunately almost essential for any modern release. Compared to say the last Metallica released this is absolutely sonically fantastic dynamics wise. Compared to the originals, somehow while they have more presence and more punch they also sound a touch too loud in places. The vocals in Back in the U.S.S.R. just shout. Pity.

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Even more Musical Fidelity V-DAC versus the Cambridge Audio DacMagic

I was listening yesterday to the Cambridge DacMagic connected to my HP2133 via USB. The sound quality was really unpleasant: especially in the treble where it was very splashy and relentless. I then connected the DacMagic via an optical isolating USB hub. Not a practical solution, as the hub which is designed more for medical applications, is more expensive than the Cambridge. I won’t say the music was transformed into something truly audiophile but it was significantly better.

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Chuck 3D

Was it worth all the hassle? The Chuck 3D effect is actually rather good. Works better on axis to the TV it appears and I think it takes a few seconds to adapt to the effect but it works. I don’t think I could watch a whole programme wearing the glasses they seem rather headache inducing but as a sample of how the art has moved on they were excellent.

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