David Bowie – "Heroes" (1977): Blind listening test With samples from the very much debated new Parlophone remaster! Previous threads: 1. Young Americans (votes are closed; see post #4 for a correct download link). 2. The Man Who Sold the World (still open to votes!). Next thread: Possibly Scary Monsters. tl;dr: FLAC samples below, please listen, vote on your own, and tell us why you made this choice. >> Goals You'll find below a link to a ZIP archive containing various FLAC samples of this album, from most of its existing digital masters. They are mostly around 30 seconds each (fair use), but they try to capture some “interesting” segments to help you make some fair-enough comparisons. To avoid bias, you don't know which masters are included, and you don't know which master you are listening to, apart from some letters (A, B, C...) which were randomly attributed. The samples come from straight EAC rips, and were only “hard” level-matched with foobar2000's ReplayGain tool. When there are enough votes, I'll tell you which sample is which. >> What to do Download the archive and extract it, concentrate and then listen to the various samples with your prefered setup. Listen track per track, or sample per sample – really, just use your favourite method. Then, chose your favourite master(s), vote, and please also tell us why you like it. The more precise (e.g., a particular instrument at a particular moment) the better. It may also be interesting to know how much better your favourite master is, compared to the others. Is the difference that big or is it quite subtle? This could help people in case your favourite master happens to be rare and $$. Your second favourite master might be 90% as good, and much cheaper. Please don't read the other replies before voting! Really. There's nothing “right” or “wrong” with your own particular choice, nothing to check, no need to vote like somebody else, nothing. We don't want bias, we want you to tell us what you really prefer. Please! >> Download The samples are hosted on Google Drive. You might need to move your cursor on the upper side of the web page to see a download button appear near its upper-right corner (look for an arrow). PM me if you still have troubles downloading this. Blind Test - Heroes.zip (if this link is dead, please look for a newer post of mine below!) >> Spread the word! The more votes this gets, the better. The poll will remain open as long as it's necessary, in order to reach a meaningful number of votes. So please help me and spread the word! Thanks! I'd also like to thank karmaman for his help in setting up this test, and to everyone who participated in the previous ones.