Originally Posted by Bill Mac
. But aren't most of us that visit this thread looking for even the slightest incremental improvements in the music we buy
and in our systems as well? I have spent quite a bit on music recently which at times has bordered on an unhealthy obsession. But I'm glad I bought all this music as I enjoy it very much. Some collect coins or stamps so I look at it as an investment that I can enjoy everyday
I gotta say I'm not. I've been down that road. If I can't hear a pretty substantial difference that is readily apparent I don't care.
Normally I don't listen to music in analytic mode unless it is for comparison and from my experience it is a tricky thing and audio memory is fickle and extremely short-lived in many cases.
I went through that with the initial SHM-SACD of Who's Next vs. the cd.
I A\B'd for a solid hour and on my system with my ears there was no discernible difference. $50 down the drain vs an $8 cd.
There are people who claim that the SACD is superior in various ways and that's fine.
There are also people who prefer The Beatles stereo remasters over the mono but I'm not one of them.
Another case in point, the Rhino Crosby, Stills and Nash vs. the AF Hoffman.
Now there I can can hear some differences but imo neither is superior to the other.
If I had to pick I'd take the Rhino because of the Stills solo Everybody's Talkin' cut.
When the subject goes to Steven Wilson remasters\mixes\surround that is a different matter.
What he was able to do with Aqualung verges on magic
I appreciate that there are folks that delve deeply into the various versions etc. and it can make for interesting or eye rolling reading but I read it all anyway and enjoy it.