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nealdave97
post Apr 2 2013, 20:43
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I am debating whether i should buy Led Zeppelin 4 on CD or the mp3 version both from Amazon. I listen to my music on an Audio Technica ATH-M30(with an ipod) and im wondering if it would sound better on the headphones with the mp3 version or the cd version that i will rip into an Apple Lossless file? The CD is a 1994 remaster.
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cliveb
post Apr 3 2013, 09:37
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QUOTE (nealdave97 @ Apr 2 2013, 20:43) *
I am debating whether i should buy Led Zeppelin 4 on CD or the mp3 version both from Amazon. I listen to my music on an Audio Technica ATH-M30(with an ipod) and im wondering if it would sound better on the headphones with the mp3 version or the cd version that i will rip into an Apple Lossless file? The CD is a 1994 remaster.

As others have stated, older 80's CD versions typically have less dynamic range compression and are often preferable to later remasters.

However, in the case of Led Zep 4 there is another fairly significant factor to bear in mind. (Note: I only have experience of UK releases). While it is true that the original 80's CD doesn't suffer from compression, I have to say that it is a bit of a hiss-fest. The Page/Marino from 1991 remasters are significantly better in terms of background noise, and not that badly compressed.
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post Apr 3 2013, 10:26
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QUOTE (cliveb @ Apr 3 2013, 10:37) *
and not that badly compressed.


Actually, not hopeless, especially not when you aren't directly comparing. For reference:

Original: RG = –1, peak 0.84, foo_dynamic_range 12-ish
Remaster: RG = –6, peak 0.999969 (that figure shows up often ... why?), foo_dynamic_range 10-ish
TCSR: Obviously the same as the previous, though not bit-identical.

–6 ... yeah, the age before the loudness war got out of hand.

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post Apr 3 2013, 10:35
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And for the hell of the measurement tyranny, acquiring something which is allegedly the Japanese-pressed “Definitive Collection” from 2008 (“allegedly” means it is *cough* one that is not ripped by myself *cough*):
– 7.51, peak at 1, dynamic range half a dB below the previous remaster.

Not even that looks atrocious ... not listened to though.


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