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I bought the 192 version Tuesday, as this is a desert island album for me. I also have the MFSL CD version and the 2000 remaster (and two old vinyl versions). I listened to all three and ran the audio analysis in JR19. It confirmed what I heard - the HD Tracks version is much louder. I'm not expert enough to try to interpret the dynamic range numbers, but I ended up preferring the MFSL and regretting the $25 spent. I can post some of the DR numbers if someone is interested and they tell me which ones ate meaningful.

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Yes please do post the DR. I don't own the MFSL but many others and interesting that the MFSL's to my ears are in many cases better.

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I purchased the MFSL vinyl of "Music From Big Pink", and against my own judgement, picked up the 192/24 from Acoustic Sounds as well... "Dry" would be my way of describing the 192 vs MFSL, and the musical palette that creates does not lend itself to these early recordings of The Band very well at all. I also have the MFSL of this album, and absolutely love it. "...Dixie..." is still quite possibly my favorite song, and it is absolutely haunting on this release. If you don't have an SACD player, I'd recommend still getting the MFSL CD because of the mastering chain they use, versus these Capitol releases.

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If I may join this discussion, I have these:

 

The Band/Music From Big Pink (2000 Capitol remaster CD)

 

DR11 -0.24 dB -13.32 dB 01 Tears Of Rage.aiff

DR11 -0.56 dB -13.53 dB 02 To Kingdom Come.aiff

DR12 -0.72 dB -15.01 dB 03 In A Station.aiff

DR11 -0.24 dB -14.99 dB 04 Caledonia Mission.aiff

DR12 -0.25 dB -14.94 dB 05 The Weight.aiff

DR12 -0.38 dB -13.74 dB 06 We Can Talk.aiff

DR10 -0.24 dB -12.55 dB 07 Long Black Veil.aiff

DR10 -0.24 dB -12.37 dB 08 Chest Fever.aiff

DR10 -1.13 dB -13.78 dB 09 Lonesome Suzie.aiff

DR10 -0.24 dB -12.50 dB 10 This Wheel's On Fire.aiff

DR11 -0.70 dB -14.53 dB 11 I Shall Be Released.aiff

DR11 -0.68 dB -12.52 dB 12 Yazoo Street Scandal.aiff

DR11 -0.24 dB -13.02 dB 13 Tears Of Rage (alt. take).aiff

DR11 -0.18 dB -11.70 dB 14 Katie's Been Gone.aiff

DR12 -0.22 dB -13.41 dB 15 If I Lose.aiff

DR10 -0.12 dB -12.40 dB 16 Long Distance Operator.aiff

DR11 -1.02 dB -14.10 dB 17 Lonesome Suzie (alt take).aiff

DR11 -0.18 dB -13.71 dB 18 Orange Juice Blues (demo).aiff

DR11 -2.21 dB -15.22 dB 19 Key To The Highway.aiff

DR10 -0.18 dB -11.71 dB 20 Ferdinand The Imposter (demo.aiff

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Number of files: 20

Official DR value: DR11

 

 

The Band/Music From Big Pink (MFSL SACD)

 

DR12 -2.92 dB -18.10 dB 01 Tears of Rage.aiff

DR12 -3.25 dB -17.31 dB 02 To Kingdom Come.aiff

DR11 -2.17 dB -15.81 dB 03 In A Station.aiff

DR10 -2.48 dB -16.53 dB 04 Caledonia Mission.aiff

DR14 -2.52 dB -19.26 dB 05 The Weight.aiff

DR12 -2.48 dB -16.35 dB 06 We Can Talk.aiff

DR11 -2.50 dB -15.69 dB 07 Long Black Veil.aiff

DR12 -2.64 dB -17.14 dB 08 Chest Fever.aiff

DR10 -4.54 dB -17.75 dB 09 Lonesome Suzie.aiff

DR12 -3.16 dB -16.88 dB 10 This Wheels' On Fire.aiff

DR12 -3.29 dB -17.02 dB 11 I Shall Be Released.aiff

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Number of files: 11

Official DR value: DR12

 

 

The Band/The Band (2000 Capitol remaster CD)

 

DR12 -0.12 dB -13.59 dB 01 Across The Great Divide.aiff

DR10 -0.14 dB -12.22 dB 02 Rag Mama Rag.aiff

DR10 -0.06 dB -13.00 dB 03 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.aiff

DR12 -0.17 dB -13.24 dB 04 When You Awake.aiff

DR11 -0.10 dB -12.47 dB 05 Up On Cripple Creek.aiff

DR10 -0.10 dB -12.33 dB 06 Whispering Pines.aiff

DR09 -0.10 dB -11.13 dB 07 Jemima Surrender.aiff

DR12 -0.17 dB -14.27 dB 08 Rockin' Chair.aiff

DR09 -0.10 dB -11.09 dB 09 Look Out Cleveland.aiff

DR10 -0.29 dB -11.40 dB 10 Jawbone.aiff

DR12 -0.16 dB -14.23 dB 11 The Unfaithful Servant.aiff

DR11 -0.12 dB -13.87 dB 12 King Harvest (Has Surely Come).aiff

DR11 -0.37 dB -12.03 dB 13 Get Up Jake (outtake).aiff

DR10 -0.38 dB -12.41 dB 14 Rag Mama Rag (rough mix)

DR11 -0.45 dB -14.27 dB 15 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (alt. mix).aiff

DR11 -0.34 dB -13.65 dB 16 Up On Cripple Creek (alt. take).aiff

DR10 -2.71 dB -15.65 dB 17 Whispering Pines (alt. take).aiff

DR10 -0.38 dB -12.73 dB 18 Jemima Surrender (alt. mix).aiff

DR11 -0.22 dB -13.33 dB 19 King Harvest Has Surely Come (alt. take)

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Number of files: 19

Official DR value: DR11

The Band/The Band (Audio Fidelity Gold Disc CD / Steve Hoffman remaster)

 

DR13 -0.55 dB -16.11 dB 01 Across The Great Divide.aiff

DR11 -1.85 dB -15.17 dB 02 Rag Mama Rag.aiff

DR14 -0.41 dB -17.26 dB 03 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.aiff

DR12 -1.55 dB -15.27 dB 04 When You Wake Up.aiff

DR14 -0.63 dB -16.29 dB 05 Up On Cripple Creek.aiff

DR12 -2.58 dB -16.70 dB 06 Whispering Pines.aiff

DR13 -1.23 dB -15.77 dB 07 Jemima Surrender.aiff

DR13 -3.05 dB -17.84 dB 08 Rockin' Chair.aiff

DR13 -0.50 dB -15.46 dB 09 Look Out Cleveland.aiff

DR14 -0.51 dB -16.26 dB 10 Jawbone.aiff

DR13 -2.81 dB -18.57 dB 11 The Unfaithful Servant.aiff

DR15 -0.22 dB -18.01 dB 12 King Harvest (Has Surely Come).aiff

DR13 -1.26 dB -15.64 dB 13 Get Up Jake.aiff

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Number of files: 13

Official DR value: DR13

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Sorry for the delay. I live in New Orleans and I just woke up from Mardi Gras. Here's my results from the HD Tracks version, then what I believe is the Deluxe Edition, and the MoFi. Opinions are now welcome...

 

foobar2000 1.3.1 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

log date: 2014-03-10 09:08:50

 

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Analyzed: The Band / The Band

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DR Peak RMS Duration Track

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DR10 0.00 dB -11.11 dB 2:52 01-Across The Great Divide

DR9 -0.11 dB -10.91 dB 3:02 02-Rag Mama Rag

DR10 -0.10 dB -12.89 dB 3:31 03-The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

DR10 0.00 dB -11.90 dB 3:12 04-When You Awake

DR10 0.00 dB -11.36 dB 4:31 05-Up On Cripple Creek

DR11 -0.29 dB -13.96 dB 3:56 06-Whispering Pines

DR9 0.00 dB -10.15 dB 3:30 07-Jemima Surrender

DR10 -0.18 dB -12.35 dB 3:41 08-Rockin' Chair

DR9 -0.09 dB -10.77 dB 3:08 09-Look Out Cleveland

DR9 0.00 dB -10.88 dB 4:20 10-Jawbone

DR10 -0.12 dB -12.80 dB 4:15 11-The Unfaithful Servant

DR10 0.00 dB -12.32 dB 3:37 12-King Harvest (Has Surely Come)

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Number of tracks: 12

Official DR value: DR10

 

Samplerate: 192000 Hz

Channels: 2

Bits per sample: 24

Bitrate: 5252 kbps

Codec: FLAC

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foobar2000 1.3.1 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

log date: 2014-03-10 09:07:05

 

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Analyzed: The Band / The Band - Deluxe Edition

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DR Peak RMS Duration Track

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DR12 -0.07 dB -13.60 dB 2:54 01-Across the Great Divide

DR10 -0.13 dB -12.21 dB 3:05 02-Rag Mama Rag

DR10 -0.05 dB -12.94 dB 3:33 03-The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

DR12 -0.15 dB -13.24 dB 3:13 04-When You Awake

DR11 -0.08 dB -12.47 dB 4:35 05-Up on Cripple Creek

DR10 -0.10 dB -12.33 dB 3:58 06-Whispering Pines

DR9 -0.07 dB -11.08 dB 3:32 07-Jemima Surrender

DR12 -0.15 dB -14.28 dB 3:43 08-Rockin' Chair

DR9 -0.07 dB -11.10 dB 3:10 09-Look Out Cleveland

DR10 -0.26 dB -11.39 dB 4:21 10-Jawbone

DR12 -0.14 dB -14.22 dB 4:17 11-The Unfaithful Servant

DR11 -0.10 dB -13.83 dB 3:40 12-King Harvest (Has Surely Come)

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Number of tracks: 12

Official DR value: DR11

 

Samplerate: 44100 Hz

Channels: 2

Bits per sample: 16

Bitrate: 845 kbps

Codec: FLAC

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Analyzed: The Band / The Band (MFSL)

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DR Peak RMS Duration Track

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DR13 -0.20 dB -15.44 dB 2:55 01-Across the Great Divide

DR11 -2.30 dB -15.70 dB 3:05 02-Rag Mama Rag

DR13 -0.21 dB -16.45 dB 3:33 03-The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

DR12 -2.53 dB -15.97 dB 3:14 04-When You Awake

DR13 -0.33 dB -15.12 dB 4:35 05-Up on Cripple Creek

DR11 -0.97 dB -14.77 dB 4:00 06-Whispering Pines

DR11 -0.12 dB -14.73 dB 3:32 07-Jemima Surrender

DR12 -3.77 dB -17.67 dB 3:43 08-Rockin' Chair

DR12 -0.57 dB -14.54 dB 3:10 09-Look Out Cleveland

DR13 -0.41 dB -15.90 dB 4:21 10-Jawbone

DR12 -1.75 dB -16.50 dB 4:17 11-The Unfaithful Servant

DR15 0.00 dB -17.66 dB 3:40 12-King Harvest (Has Surely Come)

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Number of tracks: 12

Official DR value: DR12

 

Samplerate: 44100 Hz

Channels: 2

Bits per sample: 16

Bitrate: 782 kbps

Codec: FLAC

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