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  1. 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.
  2. I can hear what Beethoven's mother was thinking when she had Beethoven.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_BMG_copy_protection_rootkit_scandal Antonio: "...what's past is prologue..." The Tempest, Act 2, Scene I
  4. All of a sudden, I realized where I'd seen this plot before... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_the_Body_Snatchers
  5. 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
  6. Another great Tchaikovsky PC No. 1: Egon Petri with Walter Goehr and the LPO from 1937.
  7. 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.
  8. This post on Hoffman might be useful https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/cd-matrix-numbers-demystified.143289/
  9. If I can't find the release through a search on Amazon, I check eBay, where I've had more success finding specific releases that are hard to find on Amazon (e.g. the 1988 original CD version of Van Morrison's Veedon Fleece). I find Amazon seems to favor the most recent mastering in the search results; I've had to stick in specific years with the album name to find older masterings, if available. I haven't tried discogs.
  10. Great article and great fun to read. I have the 1999 Nichols CD mastering and what I believe may be the same 1984 CD mastering as diecaster's (the matrix info on mine reads MCAD 37214 DIDY 000055, which puts it in "mastering #3" on the Hoffman forum thread). Whether or not that's a "Hoffman clone", it is a pleasure to listen to. As is the 1999 remaster. https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/steely-dan-cds-different-masterings-the-summary-thread.561226/#post-14611213 I prefer the 1984 CD mastering, but probably because I know it's the 1984 mastering when I put it on.
  11. Where I see you beat me to "Yummy Yummy" by a few years!
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