Originally Posted by Torqdog
Ah Via Musicom is an excellent, quality recording. I'm curious though as to how the 24/192 can sound better than the original CD unless they've remastered specially for the 24/192 format from the original studio recordings.
If such is the case I might have to get up off my duff and start exploring what this computer audio hoopla is all about.
It was remastered from the original recordings for 24/192... "new 2012 transfers from the original analogue tapes" according to HD Tracks. The difference from the original CD is a subtle removal of a layer between listener and music. I used to laugh when people said in reviews that they could "hear more harmonics" from this recording or that, or from a new piece of equipment, but after spending some time with this 24/192 transfer, I'm beginning to see what they mean. There's more texture overall, the snare drum in particular exhibits a much more discernable "quality of the hit", meaning you can hear when he hits the snare a little off-center, which I had never really heard before on the CD (and I've played drums for 20 years). The extreme upper ranges are much smoother too.
Most records have such processed drum tracks these days, it's refreshing to hear that bit of "clank" on an off-center hit.
FWIW, I'm very happy with Audirvana. It plays every format I've thrown at it, including ISO SACD rips. It's also a touch warmer sounding than Pure Music, without losing any detail. The ease of use and the GUI are also much better, and it was cheaper.