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Hi, thanks for the review! Just did a quick DR on my old CD:--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Analyzed: Van Halen / 1984

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DR Peak RMS Duration Track

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DR12 -4.92 dB -21.85 dB 1:09 01-1984

DR14 -2.35 dB -18.45 dB 4:03 02-Jump

DR14 -2.36 dB -17.96 dB 3:33 03-Panama

DR14 -0.91 dB -18.78 dB 3:02 04-Top Jimmy

DR13 -1.72 dB -17.71 dB 4:14 05-Drop Dead Legs

DR14 -1.88 dB -18.74 dB 4:45 06-Hot for Teacher

DR14 -1.26 dB -18.86 dB 4:44 07-I'll Wait

DR14 -0.78 dB -18.18 dB 4:35 08-Girl Gone Bad

DR14 -0.32 dB -16.61 dB 3:18 09-House of Pain

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Number of tracks: 9

Official DR value: DR14

Samplerate: 44100 Hz

Channels: 2

Bits per sample: 16

Bitrate: 958 kbps

Codec: FLAC: It seems like we have lost DR even though we have 24 bits to play with instead of 16?

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Great review - but one small detail - I think "Prof. Scott's 16 v. 24 bit checking tool" should really be credited to users "nu774" and "skamp" @ Hydrogen Audio. Passing that test is no guarantee that the material is genuinely 24 bits - it only detects crude zero-padding, and any filtering, rate conversion or dithering will hide the zero bits.

 

 

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Not going to buy this, but good to know that more classic rock has been released in hi-res without being volume compressed to death.

 

Anybody have Redbook of this to compare the DR figures. Be interesting to see if the mainstream release is the same.

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Anybody have Redbook of this to compare the DR figures. Be interesting to see if the mainstream release is the same.

 

The original VH CD releases in DR ascending order:

 

DR10: Van Halen / Fair Warning

DR12: Van Halen / Diver Down

DR12: Van Halen / Van Halen II

DR13: Van Halen / Van Halen

DR13: Van Halen / Women and Children First

DR14: Van Halen / 1984

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The only other copies I have at my disposal are the HDCD reissues. Definitely a different master. I immediately go to Unchained and the intro guitar for unchained in the 24/192 version isn't as hard panned left and a little recessed, definite compression on the HDCD remaster. So if Fair Warning was up-sampled from something it wasn't the HDCD version.

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if tracks are upsampled from 44.1 kHz, why pay more for 192kHz vs 96kHz?

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There's a 10% off code good through 4/10 on HDTracks page for the set.

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Wow... I saw VH in Madison, WI, when they toured for their initial album release. That was the concert they apologized to the Sheraton hotel for trashing the place after the show (it's mentioned in the liner notes for VH II). I still remember Eddie running across the stage and sliding onto his knees to kick off Eruption. I am downloading this tonight...

 

One question: is there really any reason to purchase the 192kHz version? Do you think the digital copies are really transfers made at that sample rate or are these just upsampled from 96 or even 44.1? Just curious...

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Hi, thanks for the review! Just did a quick DR on my old CD:--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Analyzed: Van Halen / 1984

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DR Peak RMS Duration Track

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DR12 -4.92 dB -21.85 dB 1:09 01-1984

DR14 -2.35 dB -18.45 dB 4:03 02-Jump

DR14 -2.36 dB -17.96 dB 3:33 03-Panama

DR14 -0.91 dB -18.78 dB 3:02 04-Top Jimmy

DR13 -1.72 dB -17.71 dB 4:14 05-Drop Dead Legs

DR14 -1.88 dB -18.74 dB 4:45 06-Hot for Teacher

DR14 -1.26 dB -18.86 dB 4:44 07-I'll Wait

DR14 -0.78 dB -18.18 dB 4:35 08-Girl Gone Bad

DR14 -0.32 dB -16.61 dB 3:18 09-House of Pain

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Number of tracks: 9

Official DR value: DR14

Samplerate: 44100 Hz

Channels: 2

Bits per sample: 16

Bitrate: 958 kbps

Codec: FLAC: It seems like we have lost DR even though we have 24 bits to play with instead of 16?

 

The old CD may have had a high end boost, which can artificially juice the dynamic range. That's speculation, of course.

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This is my original CD from around 1984, an already awesome sounding CD. Just listen to the drum intro on Hot for Teacher. Kicks butt! The DR is quite impressive. Better than 24bit version.

 

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Analyzed folder: /Volumes/music/Van Halen/1984

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DR Peak RMS Filename

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DR14 -2.13 dB -18.85 dB 06 Van Halen - Hot For Teacher.m4a

DR14 -2.65 dB -18.13 dB 03 Van Halen - Panama.m4a

DR13 -1.90 dB -17.76 dB 05 Van Halen - Drop Dead Legs.m4a

DR12 -6.27 dB -21.87 dB 01 Van Halen - 1984.m4a

DR14 -1.38 dB -18.92 dB 07 Van Halen - I'll Wait.m4a

DR14 -1.72 dB -18.38 dB 08 Van Halen - Girl Gone Bad.m4a

DR14 -2.59 dB -18.52 dB 02 Van Halen - Jump.m4a

DR14 -2.00 dB -18.81 dB 04 Van Halen - Top Jimmy.m4a

DR14 -0.64 dB -16.71 dB 09 Van Halen - House Of Pain.m4a

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Number of files: 9

Official DR value: DR14

 

 

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So... Are the 24/192 better than the 24/96? Are both better than a 16/44.1 CDRB copy?

 

Or are we just being told to buy the highest bit rate just because they have bigger numbers in the adverts.

 

Come on Chris... Try to get some of the lower bit rate versions an compare!!

 

Subjective comparisons are fine.

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Hi,

 

Thanks for the review and letting us know about the releases...gotta love old Van Halen.

 

I currently own the original red book CD's and the HDCD's...there is more "Air" in the HDCD's BUT there is slight sibilance which is non-existent on the CD's...has anyone noticed if there is any hint of sibilance on the hi-res downloads??

 

I will most likely download but would really appreciate some honesty on the sibilance...again its slight but noticeable.

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Great review - but one small detail - I think "Prof. Scott's 16 v. 24 bit checking tool" should really be credited to users "nu774" and "skamp" @ Hydrogen Audio. Passing that test is no guarantee that the material is genuinely 24 bits - it only detects crude zero-padding, and any filtering, rate conversion or dithering will hide the zero bits.

 

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Hm, my CD shows a different DR range:

 

foobar2000 1.2 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

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DR Peak RMS Duration Track

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DR12 -0.10 dB -15.28 dB 1:09 01-1984

DR7 -0.08 dB -9.13 dB 4:04 02-Jump

DR9 -0.09 dB -9.96 dB 3:33 03-Panama

DR9 -0.09 dB -10.89 dB 3:02 04-Top Jimmy

DR7 -0.09 dB -9.03 dB 4:16 05-Drop Dead Legs

DR7 -0.09 dB -8.98 dB 4:45 06-Hot For Teacher

DR9 -0.09 dB -11.16 dB 4:45 07-I'll Wait

DR7 -0.09 dB -9.15 dB 4:36 08-Girl Gone Bad

DR7 -0.09 dB -8.91 dB 3:20 09-House of Pain

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Official DR value: DR8

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Hm, my CD shows a different DR range:

 

foobar2000 1.2 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

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DR Peak RMS Duration Track

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DR12 -0.10 dB -15.28 dB 1:09 01-1984

DR7 -0.08 dB -9.13 dB 4:04 02-Jump

DR9 -0.09 dB -9.96 dB 3:33 03-Panama

DR9 -0.09 dB -10.89 dB 3:02 04-Top Jimmy

DR7 -0.09 dB -9.03 dB 4:16 05-Drop Dead Legs

DR7 -0.09 dB -8.98 dB 4:45 06-Hot For Teacher

DR9 -0.09 dB -11.16 dB 4:45 07-I'll Wait

DR7 -0.09 dB -9.15 dB 4:36 08-Girl Gone Bad

DR7 -0.09 dB -8.91 dB 3:20 09-House of Pain

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Official DR value: DR8

 

That's because it's one ofe the remasters. My CD is from back in the eighties.

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I'm a bit sceptic towards HDtracks since they rarely (never?) tell the costumer anything about the process behind their releases. How can we know that what they sell are true 24/96 (or 24/192) transfers of the best master tapes available? I'd be especially surprised if a record company actually makes two new digital transfers, one in 24/96 and one in 24/192, of the analouge master tape to sell as downloads through HDtracks. Until they at least tell me otherwise I would assume that they make one digital transfer in either 24/96 or 24/192 and then up- or downsample the result in order to sell as a different version. Which means what you buy is either bogus 24/192 or inferior downsampled 24/96 files.

 

I hope I'm wrong about this, but until they introduce some kind of declaration of the stuff they sell I'll only buy things I assume is genuin hirez stuff, such as David Bowies latest album (24/48 i think). Or the latest Rush album in 24/96. When it comes to the older stuff from the analougue era I'm, as I said, a bit sceptic. Buying the 24/96 version of an Alice Cooper album from the 70's didn't exactly make me change my mind...

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Interesting review but it seems a little light on direct comparisons to earlier releases of those albums. I have a 1990 CD of Van Halen’s first album. The DR results look so similar to those reported in the review for this HDTracks release that I wonder if it’s a coincidence. Does this new release from HDTracks sound better than the original CDs?

 

Here are the DR results from that 1990 CD (which does sound good IMO):

 

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Analyzed: Van Halen / Van Halen

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DR Peak RMS Duration Track

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DR12 -0.98 dB -16.03 dB 3:37 01-Runnin' with the Devil

DR12 -1.59 dB -16.43 dB 1:42 02-Eruption

DR11 -2.28 dB -15.70 dB 2:39 03-You Really Got Me

DR13 -1.95 dB -16.33 dB 3:50 04-Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love

DR12 -1.85 dB -16.27 dB 3:46 05-I'm the One

DR13 -1.78 dB -17.55 dB 3:30 06-Jamie's Cryin'

DR12 -2.51 dB -16.73 dB 3:02 07-Atomic Punk

DR12 -3.58 dB -17.58 dB 3:43 08-Feel Your Love Tonight

DR13 -2.29 dB -17.72 dB 3:23 09-Little Dreamer

DR13 -2.58 dB -18.70 dB 3:20 10-Ice Cream Man

DR14 -1.18 dB -17.33 dB 3:01 11-On Fire

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Number of tracks: 11

Official DR value: DR12

 

Samplerate: 44100 Hz

Channels: 2

Bits per sample: 16

Bitrate: 948 kbps

Codec: FLAC

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I'm a bit sceptic towards HDtracks since they rarely (never?) tell the costumer anything about the process behind their releases. How can we know that what they sell are true 24/96 (or 24/192) transfers of the best master tapes available?

 

I guess what we really need is an updated version of the old SPARS code system (remember the "AAA", "AAD", "ADD", "DAD" and "DDD" codes from the early days of the CD?).

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I guess what we really need is an updated version of the old SPARS code system (remember the "AAA", "AAD", "ADD", "DAD" and "DDD" codes from the early days of the CD?).

 

 

Hi Julf - that has been discussed before and I'm not sure I agree with you. Here's a good post from Paul Stubblebine, Mastering Engineer for some great sounding recordings.

 

http://www.computeraudiophile.com/f13-audiophile-downloads/scandal-brewing-high-resolution-downloads-7735/index11.html#post94800

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Hi Julf - that has been discussed before and I'm not sure I agree with you. Here's a good post from Paul Stubblebine, Mastering Engineer for some great sounding recordings.

 

And I get his point. I still think there should be some sort of auditable "product tracking" system, just like in most other industries.

 

BTW, that thread also provided a great explanation of the 38KHz tone we see on some spectrum plots - leak-through from the motor control signal of the ATR-100 tape machine.

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