Originally Posted by Milt99
If you're talking about comparing the CD to the recent vinyl release, it has no bearing on this discussion as the Hounds of Love CD is a well-known stinker and years old.
No, I captured the Vinyl onto a 24/96 lossless file on a pc (using a superior sound card line input) and did a A/B comparison of the Vinyl vs. the 24/96 file version on the same exact equipment and there is no comparison. The original Vinyl source sounds "real" compared to the dead file version.
The difference can be really heard on "Under Ice" where the Violin and Cello are interacting with Kates sweet voice and the interaction and dynamics of all three, the File version mangles all of that distinction and makes the results sound lifeless and fake.
Rush's music has never really "sounded" all that great, I gather from the quality of production except for Test for Echo which is probably their best sounding record.
I also did a A/B/C/D... comparison of Simple Minds' "New Gold Dream" on Vinyl vs CD Remaster (mini-vinyl replica) vs first pressed CD vs DVD Audio analog 96/24 5.1 vs DTS vs Dolby Digital 5.1. The surround formats came from the same hybrid DVD-A release. My findings of best sound:
2 DVD Audio 5.1 96/24 using analog outs
4 Original CD
5 Remastered CD (basically a loudness war release)
6 Dolby Digital 5.1
The best song to compare is the title track itself which has a complex bass pattern played with a thumping consistent deep bass drum - here you listen for the the richness and deepness of the bass guitar that can be masked by the thumping bass drum. Also this track has a alternating cowbell to high- hat pattern that looses its distinction when compressed or converted to a digital format. The difference is very clear and evident on all 6 sources.
I did not post this to start an argument of Vinyl vs Computer File Music, I just wanted to say I wont buy this release in the formats currently offered BluRay or DVD-A due to my findings on how real sounds are supposed to sound.
If it were my choice, I'd buy it on a Reel to Reel tape and bypass Vinyl altogether