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  1. FWIW, the metadata in the non-MQA download indicates a release date of 1999. According to Discogs there is a 1999 reissue (i.e. not remaster) of the 1986 CD. https://www.discogs.com/Radka-Toneff-Steve-Dobrogosz-Fairytales/release/6176552 The copyright information in the non-MQA download metadata also states "1986 Curling Legs AS"
  2. Because it's been lauded as an MQA remastering exemplar, I think it might be interesting to see the "Best Version Of" - type technical analysis of Fairytales. Fairytales was available on Qobuz as an non-MQA 16/44.1 download before it was withdrawn for the MQA-d version. FWIW, according to JRiver audio analysis, the respective DR scores (dB) and peak levels (R128 dBTP) of the non-MQA version previously available as a Qobuz download are as follows (in dB; dBTP): The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress: (14dB,-7.0 dBTP) Come Down In Time: (14dB,-0.2 dBTP) Lost In The Stars: (14dB, -4.5 dBTP) Mystery Man: (16dB, -3.5 dBTP) My Funny Valentine: (13dB,-10.0 dBTP) Nature Boy: (14dB, -6.7 dBTP) Long Daddy Green: (12dB, -1.0 dBTP) Wasted: (14dB, 0.1 dBTP) Before Love Went Out Of Style: (14dB, -5.0 dBTP) I Read My Sentence: (15dB,-3.6 dBTP) I think it sounds great.
  3. Thanks for the tip - I also have the CD. According to JRiver Audio Analysis, compared to the CD the 24/96 appears to be a different mastering and has much wider dynamics. To me it sounds significantly better. Here's the JRMC audio analysis comparative data CD: Fragile (11 dB); Sleight of Time (10 dB); I Want More (9 dB); If Loving You Is Wrong (10 dB); Lay Lady Lay (9 dB); Crazy (12 dB); What Is It (10 dB); Heaven Knows (11 dB); Honey Bee (10 dB); Broken Drum (11 dB); On This Train (11 dB); Throw It Away (12db) 24/96: Fragile (14 dB); Sleight of Time (14 dB); I Want More (13 dB); If Loving You Is Wrong (15 dB); Lay Lady Lay (15 dB); Crazy (14 dB); What Is It (15 dB); Heaven Knows (13 dB); Honey Bee (14 dB); Broken Drum (14 dB); On This Train (15 dB); Throw It Away (13 dB) The 24/96 also has two bonus tracks: Allow Me (14 dB) and Once In A Blue Moon (13 dB). For me, one of the times when Hi-Res is worth it, because I think it's audibly better (but only because of better mastering).
  4. I also find that 7digital sometimes has much better prices and would be sad to see them go out of business. I only buy above 16/44 if the hi-res mastering is audibly better (e.g. Tom Petty's "Best of Everything" compilation - I found out that the hi-res was mastered much better the expensive way).
  5. Qobuz used to sell this album as a 16 bit /44.1 kHz download (IIRC it was released in 2008). Now all that's available on Qobuz is the MQA-d version released in 2018.
  6. I can hear what Beethoven's mother was thinking when she had Beethoven.
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_BMG_copy_protection_rootkit_scandal Antonio: "...what's past is prologue..." The Tempest, Act 2, Scene I
  8. All of a sudden, I realized where I'd seen this plot before... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_the_Body_Snatchers
  9. It's not only 2L. Qobuz used to have the un-MQA-ed version of Radka Toneff's Fairytales (Odin label) on their site last year until it was 'disappeared' by https://www.qobuz.com/fr-fr/album/fairytales-original-master-edition-mqa-steve-dobrogosz-radka-toneff/czn9zsef6y7pc
  10. Another great Tchaikovsky PC No. 1: Egon Petri with Walter Goehr and the LPO from 1937.
  11. Whether for a Hoffman CD or not, assuming it isn't available at a local used CD store, if it's never been remastered or only once after the original CD, I check Amazon and eBay. If there have been multiple CD remasterings, I usually give up on Amazon and find it on eBay. Discogs also has a marketplace, but I haven't tried it. PS - Sorry, I may have misunderstood - if what you're asking is out how to identify a Hoffman mastering, I go to Hoffman forums and Discogs to find out what I should be looking for , e.g. release year, label, artist, matrix codes.
  12. This post on Hoffman might be useful https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/cd-matrix-numbers-demystified.143289/
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