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Coldplay: Ghost Stories, HDTracks, 24 bit 44.1kHz


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  • 5 weeks later...
The most boring Coldplay album ever, but this is of course only my personal opinion.

 

Thanks for the tech infos anyway.

 

I don't know if I'd go along with "boring," but it certainly wasn't what I was expecting. Some of it sounds like it could have come from a circa-1983 Spandau Ballet album.

 

The vinyl sounds great, FWIW.

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  • 4 weeks later...
I have posted a screenshot of the waveform and spectrum together with DR analysis in the Music Review section.

 

Viewing Review: ColdPlay: Ghost Stories, HDTracks, 24 bit 44.1kHz - Computer Audiophile

 

The CD version of this sounds amazing when played on what is arguably the best DA converter in the business (Oppo BDP-105D) - am going to try the HD Tracks version to see how much better it sounds. BTW - I love this album - very understated with some of the best melodies they have ever composed.

 

Waveform analysis and all that techie stuff rarely reflects the talent (or lack thereof) of the people who record and engineer the final product. It's all about "musicality" and the perceptions of the individual listener.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Fans of contemporary pop are probably becoming used to extreme compression, but DR6 means that many people will find it unlistenable under hifi conditions.

 

Unfortunately, most new top-selling pop productions are now DR7 and lower. The only chance of getting a good sounding release is if the hi-rez or vinyl version uses a different mastering with less compression. It seems to be case with the LP of Ghost Stories:

 

Album list - Dynamic Range Database

Claude

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  • 2 weeks later...
Fans of contemporary pop are probably becoming used to extreme compression, but DR6 means that many people will find it unlistenable under hifi conditions.

 

Unfortunately, most new top-selling pop productions are now DR7 and lower. The only chance of getting a good sounding release is if the hi-rez or vinyl version uses a different mastering with less compression. It seems to be case with the LP of Ghost Stories:

 

Album list - Dynamic Range Database

 

+1

Am I stupid stating that I would assume that HDTracks should manage to get the better (vinyl) master on file? Is it not obvious that their client base is likely interested in sound quality..? Is it not in HDTracks interest that audiophiles do NOT 'en masse' start buying a good vinyl rig + ADC & start making their own transfers as a default route.. or worse.. start downloading vinyl transfer from the net..

puzzled..

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Bits to analog: Server [i9-10850k; Win10Pro, Roon Core + HQPlayer4 >all DSD256x] -> mRendu -> Lampi GG

Analog to sound: ASR Emitter II Exclusive, Battery -> Dynaudio Confidence 20 + 2 REL G2's

Details: Audio System

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