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The recent PCM 96 and 192 at HDT and AS are from the same remaster so they're the same; the DSD is from an earlier remaster and sounds slightly different. Both are really good. Which is better is a matter of taste. I have a slight preference for the 192, but it's very slight.

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The 192 PCM from HDTracks is outstanding. A lot better than the DSD ripped from the SACD.

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I vote for the mono 24/192 HDTrack version.

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It's a question of taste.

 

When it comes to 1950's jazz recordings, I prefer mono only when the stereo mix (which wasn't the priority back then, because most people bought mono records) wasn't well done. That's not the case with Kind of Blue.

 

BTW, the Kind of Blue mono mix which is now being available is not the original mono mix, because the mono tapes are lost. Like the stereo mix, it has been newly mixed from the 3-track tapes.

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So you all prefer the pcm to the dsd?

Did anybody by any chance do a direct comparison of the two?.

 

I prefer the most recent HDtracks 192/24, and that's as a result of doing A–B comparisons with the DSD version. Like some others, I give the edge to the PCM mono mix, but I agree that it's a matter of preference.

 

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It looks like MFSL will use the recent "final" transfer done by Steve Berkowitz and Mark Wilder (in both PCM and DSD), which is also used for the HDtracks download. If that is true, it all comes down to the difference between PCM and DSD.

 

It wouldn't make sense to do one transfer session on these fragile tapes, and then give them to MFSL to have another go.

 

According to Steve Berkowitz, who, with engineer Mark Wilder, has overseen all of the Miles Davis reissues going back many years, both of the original 3-track tapes used in recent years to produce the SACDs as well as 2008's blue 180g vinyl 50th Anniversary Collection box set (which was poorly pressed on 180g with a lot of noisy non-fill, gee I wonder who pressed it? no I don't) are now in very poor condition even though they sat untouched in the vault from 1959 until 1992.

 

Wilder and Berkowitz recently decided to do another and perhaps final 3-track KOB transfer: to DSD, to 192/24 bit PCM (and probably other resolution digital) and at the same time, a two-channel stereo and a mono mixdown to analog tape. The two channel mix down will most likely be the source of a Mobile Fidelity stereo reissue coming later in the year as part of that label's Miles Davis stereo vinyl reissue project.

Miles Davis "Kind of Blue" Monophonic Reissue From Sony/Legacy: An Analog Planet Exclusive! | Analog Planet

 

The article only mentions the MFSL LP reissue, but that could be due to the fact that it's a vinyl news site.

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In my opinion the mono is the superior mix. More coherent and doesn't have the reverb on Trane in the opposite channel which is a bit odd. The recent mono mix from 3-track is very good, I'd say the 24/192 HDTracks version is the best digital version. But IMO it's a bit too dry and clinical compared to the original 6-eye mono which was probably mixed and mastered on tube equipment. If you can find a needle drop of that, that is the way to go.

 

All IMO.

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In the latest TAS pdf "Buyer Guide to Cables... 2014", there's an article about the best hi-res downloads of 2014.

 

The Absolute Sound Buyer

 

One of the ones reviewed is Kind of Blue, in which the author praises the HDT 192k version. He then goes on to compare it to the Acoustic Sounds (SHR) 192 version, and pronounces the AS 192 download as noticeably superior.

 

AFAIK these are the same download, both derived from the recent Berkowitz/Wilder remaster. Both sites have extensive notes on this download and both say the same thing regarding source.

 

So the TAS guy made me laugh. How can I take anything that magazine writes as worthwhile after this?

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In the latest TAS pdf "Buyer Guide to Cables... 2014", there's an article about the best hi-res downloads of 2014.

 

The Absolute Sound Buyer

 

One of the ones reviewed is Kind of Blue, in which the author praises the HDT 192k version. He then goes on to compare it to the Acoustic Sounds (SHR) 192 version, and pronounces the AS 192 download as noticeably superior.

 

AFAIK these are the same download, both derived from the recent Berkowitz/Wilder remaster. Both sites have extensive notes on this download and both say the same thing regarding source.

 

So the TAS guy made me laugh. How can I take anything that magazine writes as worthwhile after this?

 

Probably the HDTracks version has more embedded jitter as it was copied to often via the wrong non audiophile Ethernet cable.

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Probably the HDTracks version has more embedded jitter as it was copied to often via the wrong non audiophile Ethernet cable.

 

Maybe the guy didn't notice there's both a stereo and a mono download because his one ear is attached to his forehead? Be that as it may, my vote on the best version goes to the new 24/192 PCM (and I do have the other versions including most sought-after Japanese SACD to compare to - admittedly happy to have the alternative track there, not included in the PCM), stereo for sentimental reasons (I'm too young to have grown up with the mono LP, but in the same vein, won't argue with those who have and find the mono mix superior for the same - their own - sentimental reasons).

 

Greetings from Switzerland, David.

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Do all of these reissues have the correction for speed error made in the original vinyl release, which was caught in the Classics vinyl reissue done years ago?

 

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Do all of these reissues have the correction for speed error made in the original vinyl release, which was caught in the Classics vinyl reissue done years ago?

 

Larry

 

The first remastering that I owned that had correct pitch was the Mastersound Gold CD. I won't say every re-issue ever since did because that was in the nineties (we're talking about, literally, the most-reissued jazz recording in the history of, well, recording), but all the relevant (recommended) ones (maybe I should say, all the so-called "must-have" ones since then) do. The 24/192 PCM remaster is/was reported to be the last ever possible from the original session tapes, due to deterioration - if that's true, there's literally no use waiting for another.

 

Greetings from Switzerland, David.

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In the latest TAS pdf "Buyer Guide to Cables... 2014", there's an article about the best hi-res downloads of 2014.

 

The Absolute Sound Buyer

 

One of the ones reviewed is Kind of Blue, in which the author praises the HDT 192k version. He then goes on to compare it to the Acoustic Sounds (SHR) 192 version, and pronounces the AS 192 download as noticeably superior.

 

AFAIK these are the same download, both derived from the recent Berkowitz/Wilder remaster. Both sites have extensive notes on this download and both say the same thing regarding source.

 

So the TAS guy made me laugh. How can I take anything that magazine writes as worthwhile after this?

 

Wow. He thinks they are different? That would create a problem.

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Indeed - this is so nutty it's tempting to find out what the deal is exactly…

 

Expectation bias based on author's past experiences with Acoustic Sounds?

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