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Best Sounding Albums

Postby Twerp » Thu Jul 17 2014 15:06

What are the best sounding albums that you can buy digitally to put on your Volumio player?

Well, most classical recordings sound amazing, but much of the popular music mastered since the mid-nineties suffers from the "Loudness War" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loudness_war), which can result in ear-bleeding distortion. Percussion instruments are the worst affected in my view, with cymbals having an awful sound.

You can find out what recordings have been mastered well at the Dynamic Range Database (http://dr.loudness-war.info/). Look out for the albums that are tagged green.

So, what can you do?

You can either:

- Look out for non-remastered CDs manufactured before the mid-nineties (not all of these sound great as some of the early eighties masterings have too much treble) - CDs can be found cheaply on ebay and charity shops

- Buy vinyl and digitise them. even modern Vinyl is mastered better than digital versions

- Buy audiophile recordings from Audio Fidelity (http://www.audiofidelity.net/) or MFSL (http://www.mofi.com/)

Here are some great sounding recent CDs that I've found:

Ray LaMontagne - Trouble

City and Colour - Little Hell (A little loud, but sounds pretty good)

Katie Melua - Call Off the Search
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Best Sounding Albums

Postby ianmr65 » Mon Aug 18 2014 02:32

Late Night Grande Hotel and Other voices, Other Rooms by Nanci Griffith are both incredibly well recorded CD's and the HD Tracks 24/192 Norah Jones - Come Away With Me is off the scale in terms of how good it sounds. I close my eyes and imagine her as she was when she recorded it standing in front of me singing. And it really really sounds like she is!.
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