Originally Posted by pepar
Any of these MCH? How is the sound quality of Dream Theater compared to Redbook?
These are straight 2Ch...HDTracks doesn't offer any MCH to date.
Also can't directly compare the 24/96 Dream Theater to the redbook since I don't have the 16/44. The DR is rated at a 11, not bad for a 2011 release, it's still below the "Really Dynamic/Great" range...but...much better than the CD, where it comes in at a 7 (compressed/loud). DR doesn't tell you everything, but it can be a good indicator of ear bleeding loud. As far as what my ears tell me, It sounds very good. Interesting music...I'd call it a mix between Porcupine Tree and Metallica. If you're in the mood for some harder stuff, it's a good choice.
Here's a link
from the Hoffman site...and some input on the comparison:
"Ok, I gave ADTOE a good listen in CD & HDtracks 24/96 forms.
No contest, 24/96 is a much nicer sound. There is an ease and naturalness about the HDtracks version that does not exist on the CD. It's about 5db quieter than the CD; so it breaths better, it sounds more analogue.
An analogy would be:
* The HDtracks vesion is like a well recorded early 90s CD (pre loudness wars)
* The ADTOE CD version is like that early 90s CD, but remastered in the 2000s (post loudness wars). Invariably it sounds worse. So it is here with DT. The CD punches you in the face, the HDtracks version sounds like music.
I'm getting rid of the ADTOE CD, I'll never listen to it again. The HDtracks version of ADTOE is my permanent version now. The second thing is, I really like this album. I've been a DT fan since 92; however, the last 10 years have not been good (after SDOIT). This album has prog, melody, sappy ballads & no growls (all the things I love about DT).
Good stuff, recommended."