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I am hoping Acoustic Sounds doesn't come out with any new items until mid next month. I want my pocketbook to cool off.

 

From HDTracks

 

In Utero Super Deluxe

London Calling

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

Combat Rock

Give 'em Enough Rope

John Barleycorn Must Die

RAM Deluxe

 

Acoustic Sounds

 

August and Everything After

Traffic From Paradise

Feels Like Home

The Fall

 

Excepting Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie, which I really haven't listened to yet, all sound great, very happy with.


Roon Rock running on a Gen 7 i5, Akasa Plao X7 fanless case. Schiit Lyr 2, Schiit Bifrost upgraded with Uber Analog and USB Gen 2, Grado RS1s, ADAM A3x Nearfield Monitors.

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Any thoughts on the Traffic album, John Barleycorn Must Die? I'm looking at buying that one next in 24/192. I agree with In Utero & London Calling, both sound excellent, Pearl Jam was a bit dissapointing though.

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It sounds great, I was surprised it has a higher DR rating than the vinyl. I don't own any other version, which is why I purchased it. As it is a recording from 1970, I stayed with 96kHz. As a general rule, I will not buy higher than 96 for older recordings I am not familiar with.


Roon Rock running on a Gen 7 i5, Akasa Plao X7 fanless case. Schiit Lyr 2, Schiit Bifrost upgraded with Uber Analog and USB Gen 2, Grado RS1s, ADAM A3x Nearfield Monitors.

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Wow, great taste! I have all the albums you listed from Acoustic Sounds. And a good number from HDTracks, though my John Barleycorn is by way of SACD.

 

Would love to hear your thoughts on "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" as I have been eyeing that for some time and have the vinyl and an old CD copy.

 

Thanks.

 

Barr


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Agnes Obel brings us more glorious music with her Aventine release.

 

A unique talent if ever there was.

 

Beautiful recorded sound.

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Agnes Obel brings us more glorious music with her Aventine release.

 

A unique talent if ever there was.

 

Beautiful recorded sound.

 

I'm an instant fan of hers. Did you find her on hi-res anywhere?

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Aventine is such a beautiful album but so badly recorded, it is such a shame that more care was not taken in the recording/mastering process. It should have been a classic album.

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Any thoughts on the Traffic album, John Barleycorn Must Die? I'm looking at buying that one next in 24/192. I agree with In Utero & London Calling, both sound excellent, Pearl Jam was a bit dissapointing though.

 

I have the SHM-SACD from a couple of years ago ripped. It is very good, not great. I think the "problem" is the source master is probably not the best anyway. It is better than my original LP and later CD.

 

I'm wondering if the record company took the same digital master (DSD) it had already done and just converted it to hi-res PCM. This does happen quite often. Not a reason not to buy it, it can still sound very good this way. If you don't have DSD playback this is probably the one to get. If you can play DSD or SACD you might want to get the SHM-SACD.

 

I "can't" DR it as it is in dsf format and I can't be bothered to convert it to flac or wav just to check. However it certainly sounds highly dynamic and as if it has no added compression.


Main listening (small home office):

Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>CAPS IV Pipeline Server + Sonore 12V PS>Kii Control>Audiolense DRC>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.
 

Secondary Listening: CAPS Pipeline>IFi iOne DAC>Schiit Freya>Kii Three . Also an SBT and a RB Pi 3B+ running piCorePlayer as an SBT emulator. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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John Coltrane

"Coltrane" DSD acoustic sounds

"My Favorite Things" 24/192 - HDT

"Afro-Blue Impressions" (Live) 24-96 HDT (not as good sounding as the above, as it is live)

 

Horace Silver - "Blowin' the Blues Away" DSD - acoustic sounds

 

Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles - 24/96 HDT

 

Mahler - Symphonies 1 and 7 - DSD - Blue Coast


Main listening (small home office):

Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>CAPS IV Pipeline Server + Sonore 12V PS>Kii Control>Audiolense DRC>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.
 

Secondary Listening: CAPS Pipeline>IFi iOne DAC>Schiit Freya>Kii Three . Also an SBT and a RB Pi 3B+ running piCorePlayer as an SBT emulator. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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