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Herbie Hancock- "Head Hunters" in DSD from Acoustic Sounds


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This one is described as mastered by Gus Skinas from the Sony SACD file. Usually a guarantee of a good remaster.

 

I have the original vinyl and the 30th anninversary CD (I think it came with a sticker touting "20 bit remaster" for the CD), which I always thought sounded good.

 

The DSD remaster is just much better. An added level of clarity, more punch, better bass. Better in every way.

 

If you like this album - get it. The DSD is the version to own.

Main listening (small home office):

Main setup: Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>QuietPC Low Noise Server>Roon (Audiolense DRC)>Stack Audio Link II>Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.

Secondary Path: Server with Audiolense RC>RPi4 or analog>Cayin iDAC6 MKII (tube mode) (XLR)>Kii Three .

Bedroom: SBTouch to Cambridge Soundworks Desktop Setup.
Living Room/Kitchen: Ropieee (RPi3b+ with touchscreen) + Schiit Modi3E to a pair of Morel Hogtalare. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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This one is described as mastered by Gus Skinas from the Sony SACD file. Usually a guarantee of a good remaster.

 

I have the original vinyl and the 30th anninversary CD (I think it came with a sticker touting "20 bit remaster" for the CD), which I always thought sounded good.

 

The DSD remaster is just much better. An added level of clarity, more punch, better bass. Better in every way.

 

If you like this album - get it. The DSD is the version to own.

 

Very interesting. Did you get a chance to compare the DSD from Acoustic Sounds to the PCM 92/24 from PonoMusic?

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Very interesting. Did you get a chance to compare the DSD from Acoustic Sounds to the PCM 92/24 from PonoMusic?

No, there aren't many albums I would be willing to buy two hi-res versions of, once I have one that I think is a very good sounding one.

 

I don't think it is a remix. When AS writes mastered by Skinas from the SACD, it means they took the existing Sony Corp SACD and ripped it with Skinas using his pro software. If the SACD itself is a remix, I don't know.

Main listening (small home office):

Main setup: Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>QuietPC Low Noise Server>Roon (Audiolense DRC)>Stack Audio Link II>Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.

Secondary Path: Server with Audiolense RC>RPi4 or analog>Cayin iDAC6 MKII (tube mode) (XLR)>Kii Three .

Bedroom: SBTouch to Cambridge Soundworks Desktop Setup.
Living Room/Kitchen: Ropieee (RPi3b+ with touchscreen) + Schiit Modi3E to a pair of Morel Hogtalare. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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The original SACD was mastered by Mark Wilder. Not sure if he also did the multichannel remix. Gus Skinas did the SACD authoring (using the mastered digital files to create the disc).

 

I have two SACDs of this album, the original release from 1999

 

SA-CD.net - Herbie Hancock: Headhunters

 

and a 2007 japan release

 

SA-CD.net - Herbie Hancock: Head Hunters

 

The latter has a different mastering, the sound has more clarity and detail.

Claude

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Just downloaded the 24-96 Thrust. Sounds very good.

Main listening (small home office):

Main setup: Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>QuietPC Low Noise Server>Roon (Audiolense DRC)>Stack Audio Link II>Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.

Secondary Path: Server with Audiolense RC>RPi4 or analog>Cayin iDAC6 MKII (tube mode) (XLR)>Kii Three .

Bedroom: SBTouch to Cambridge Soundworks Desktop Setup.
Living Room/Kitchen: Ropieee (RPi3b+ with touchscreen) + Schiit Modi3E to a pair of Morel Hogtalare. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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