The Band "Music From Big Pink" & "Stage Fright" MFSL hybrid SACD & DCC Gold dilemma

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by street legal, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. tlake6659

    tlake6659 Forum Resident

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    I prefer the following:

    Music from the Big Pink: original MFSL CD
    S/T: AF Gold CD
    Stage Fright: both the MFSL SACD & DCC Gold CD are worth getting (I would choose the DCC if I could only have one)
    Cahoots: Pastmasters CD
    Northern Lights: MFSL SACD
     
  2. Lucidae

    Lucidae AAD

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    The redbook over the SACD? Why's that? Just curious.
     
  3. evad

    evad Well-Known Member

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    I enjoy/prefer the MFSL's including Rock of Ages. I haven't compared Cahoots or Northern Lights to any other version but the others I have including the DCC and AF.
     
  4. tlake6659

    tlake6659 Forum Resident

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    It sounds more natural to me. I feel the original MFSL mastering is better than the SACD mastering.
     
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  5. evad

    evad Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps he was thinking of the "redbook" layer on the Hybrid SACD vs the SACD layer........and not the "original" rebook CD of Big Pink (gold CD only) from the 80's/90's. Just guessing.
     
  6. McLover

    McLover Forum Resident

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    Re: The Band/The Band. On digital media, there is the AF Gold CD and then everyone else. By far the best digital version. The only other great sounding would be a Lime Green Capitol UK or US with RL mastering on both sides.
     
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  7. tlake6659

    tlake6659 Forum Resident

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    No I prefer the original MFSL Gold CD over the new MFSL SACD (both layers).
     
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  8. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialistâ„¢

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    Have you heard the Japan CP32 Metralla talks about? I have and the sonic similarities are remarkable. Nearly indistinguishable from one another.
     
  9. McLover

    McLover Forum Resident

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    Haven't but will when I can find a copy to audition.
     
  10. weaselriot

    weaselriot Forum Resident

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    In one of his above posts, our host says it is possible that he MAY be wrong about the mixes he used for DCC Stage Fright (personally, I would never bet against his research). But IF Stage Fright is an extremely rare instance of our host being wrong about the mixes he used for the DCC, then he sure picked a doozy to be wrong about (to the great benefit of all), because I consider BOTH versions of Stage Fright (DCC and MFSL hybrid) to be essential listening for this album.

    That said, if your OCD level compels that you absolutely MUST know which of them has the "original" mixes on the original LP issue (and it may, OCD being almost a prerequisite for membership in these forums), then just go ahead and compare both with the original LP issue (as I have and did, thus proving MY own OCD credentials in this regard). Trust me, the mixes on the DCC and MFSL hybrid are THAT different. Just don't compare them with each other (apples and oranges), and thank your lucky stars that you have both.
     
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  11. MYKE

    MYKE Analog Upstairs, Digital Downstairs

    I do. I need such glaring, obvious differences. I don' t hear " subtle." Never have, never will.
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  12. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host

    Reopened by request.
     
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  13. Claus

    Claus Senior Member

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    I sounds good, but not great. The Japanese SHM-SACD is the best digital version of the original mix! Every MFSL SACD of The Band falls behind the SHM-SACDs!!!
     
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  14. Espen R

    Espen R Forum Resident

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    I have a couple of The Band on both MoFi SACD and SHM-SACD. It’s an easy game for me; the jpn SACDs sounds more like an analog tape being played in front of me, instead of a electronic replication of it.
     
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  15. Agreed, the Japanese SHM-SACDs have a far more organic soundstage and presentation.
     
  16. Claus

    Claus Senior Member

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    Right, the biggest difference between the MFSL and the SHM-SACDs... MFSL always add their "House-Sound-Eq" on their SACDs and LPs. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't work.
     

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