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Dystopia
Dystopia
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37 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Loudness War continues..., February 17, 2016
This review is from: Dystopia (Audio CD)
At what point do we get back to some decent mastering? The kind of mastering that you can turn the music up on a good system and blow the back wall out rather than winding up turning the volume down repeatedly as the fatigue eventually TRUMPS the intrigue. The kind of mastering that makes you feel like you are actually THERE. At what point is the lesson learned that pushing every nuance to the threshold in the mastering process has a counter-productive effect...weakening the delivery? If I shout all the time, what do I do when I actually decide I want to EMPHASIZE a point? Same difference. Does a concert produce a dynamic range of 5 decibels? No...and that is why it sounds so punchy in the right venue. This is really sad but don't blame me. Here is the proof:

foobar2000 1.3.9 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2016-01-23 12:01:39

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Analyzed: Megadeth / Dystopia
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR6 0.00 dB -6.59 dB 4:22 01-The Threat Is Real
DR5 0.00 dB -5.80 dB 4:59 02-Dystopia
DR5 0.00 dB -6.47 dB 4:16 03-Fatal Illusion
DR5 0.00 dB -5.86 dB 4:47 04-Death From Within
DR6 0.00 dB -6.53 dB 4:29 05-Bullet To The Brain
DR5 0.00 dB -6.45 dB 4:26 06-Post American World
DR6 0.00 dB -7.19 dB 6:03 07-Poisonous Shadows
DR6 0.00 dB -6.44 dB 4:14 08-Look Who's Talking
DR6 0.00 dB -8.92 dB 3:33 09-Conquer Or Die
DR5 0.00 dB -6.03 dB 3:34 10-Lying In State
DR5 0.00 dB -5.87 dB 3:52 11-The Emperor
DR6 0.00 dB -6.42 dB 3:49 12-Last Dying Wish
DR6 0.00 dB -6.59 dB 2:28 13-Foreign Policy
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Number of tracks: 13
Official DR value: DR5

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 16
Bitrate: 1011 kbps

For fun, let's compare Rust In Peace BEFORE it was brickwalled in the re-mastering process:

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Analyzed: Megadeth / Rust In Peace (1990 Capitol, CDP 7 91935 2, USA)
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR13 -0.01 dB -15.12 dB 6:36 01-Holy Wars... The Punishment Due
DR12 -0.56 dB -14.16 dB 5:15 02-Hangar 18
DR12 -0.26 dB -14.38 dB 3:28 03-Take No Prisoners
DR12 -0.43 dB -14.39 dB 5:43 04-Five Magics
DR12 0.00 dB -14.31 dB 2:58 05-Poison Was The Cure
DR12 -0.01 dB -13.92 dB 3:58 06-Lucretia
DR12 -0.43 dB -13.93 dB 5:23 07-Tornado Of Souls
DR15 0.00 dB -17.69 dB 1:51 08-Dawn Patrol
DR13 -0.88 dB -15.67 dB 5:37 09-Rust In Peace... Polaris
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Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR13

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 16
Bitrate: 982 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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Sorry but this is more unacceptable rubbish audio quality tossed upon the mostly unknowing masses.
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LastiSeal® Brick & Masonry Sealer (5-gal) | All Purpose Sealer for Brick, Concrete, Stone, & Porous Masonry | 15-Year Waterproofing Warranty
LastiSeal® Brick & Masonry Sealer (5-gal) | All Purpose Sealer for Brick, Concrete, Stone, & Porous Masonry | 15-Year Waterproofing Warranty
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressed with this product. A small pointer:, September 10, 2015
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I am still in the process of finishing the rest of the brick on my house but up to this point I have used 7 gallons of this sealer. I used a paintbrush to trim edges and a roller for the open areas. This stuff indeed dries like a hard plastic. I tried poking at the mortar with a metal pic after the sealing process was complete and it is very hard...it definitely has changed.

What I have learned of applying this sealer is that if you want to add additional coats, do it while the first coats are still wet. Otherwise the additional coats will not penetrate and will stay on the surface. Go on YouTube and do a search on these sealers in general and they will discuss applying additional "wet on wet" coats. I usually applied two coats within minutes. The first coat was readily absorbed and I would add another just to get it wet again. Then come back when it appeared those coats were absorbed and add another. That will be plenty. Do not over-do it or try to over-saturate.

I did a lot of research before purchasing. Also, this sealer is very reasonably priced compared to others with much lower life expectancies.


13
13
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another LOUDNESS WAR CASUALTY on the greatest crossover thrash band ever. Why?, March 15, 2015
This review is from: 13 (Audio CD)
We can discuss this until we are blue in the face, but the fact of the matter is that this style of mastering does not equal the type of "loud" that is essential to kicking your butt in the way that this type of music should. The debut had a very punchy, emotional delivery. It was graced with a dynamic range of 11 decibels. An impeccable final recording for this style of music.

Fast-forwarding to 13, we have tracks ranging from a dynamic range of 4 through 6 decibels. You cannot replicate a live butt-kicking with that type of compression. Can't happen. It's a shame too, because it would have been so easy to do the logical, follow everything that has been learned from the loudness war, and created a proper mastering. Many people will scoff at what I am saying until they get to sit down and do these comparisons. This loudness war stupidity should have ended by now as so much awareness has been raised since around 2008 when it all came to a head.

Shame on whoever was responsible for allowing this record to average a paltsy FIVE on the DR scale. This unfortunately will be another non-purchase for me until they start getting it right...which they at this point willingly refuse to do.
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Pale Communion
Pale Communion
Price: $9.49

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb writing by DR. Akerfeldt, December 18, 2014
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This review is from: Pale Communion (MP3 Music)
Just WOW. It does require a few listens as is the case with any masterpiece. It requires some listens over the course of days. Mr. Akerfeldt has put together some clever hooks and writing here. I do hear some elements of Damnation and Watershed. Don't listen to all the negative reviews. Do yourself a favor and purchase this and give it the time it deserves and judge it for yourself.

Very happy with this.

P.S. No need to worry about over-compression, clipping, or loudness either. It is a sonic masterpiece...done PROPERLY in the studio from recording right through mastering. Go figure with Steven Wilson involved!!!
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The Endless River
The Endless River
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the naysaying minority. Make the commitment to a complex farewell, a reflection, and a GREAT piece of music., December 18, 2014
This review is from: The Endless River (Audio CD)
At first listen or two, this record may seem to be meandering, disjointed and lacking focus. But as any true Floyd fan knows, a great Pink Floyd record (or any complex record for that matter) requires a few listens over a period of days before the hooks start to dig in and everything falls into place. I am so glad I have the patience to give new music at least 5 listens before casting a vote. Many, many times when I wanted to throw a disc out the window, I gave it one more listen only to find myself eventually labeling it a masterpiece...a complex one.

This record is not for those who look for instant gratification in their music...and let's face it...our culture has developed a strong "drive-thru" mentality. The I-tunes mentality of listening to 5 seconds of a song before deciding not to download it is becoming too prevalent. Or downloading the "hits" that someone ELSE said were going to be your favorites. Who sits down these days and commits to learning an ENTIRE album? Not as many. I see many 1 star votes where people have given this record one listen MAX. That just won't work here. This is a complex record that continues to bring more to the table with each listen. True and patient fans understand this.

This record is a farewell, doing the best with what these older geniuses had to work with. It was not marketed as another classic Floyd record nor was it marketed to have lyrics throughout. You can blame any excess marketing or hype on the record labels. Gilmour did not want this record hyped beyond it's purpose, the message it was intended to bring. Some cool info. I dug up. Happy listening to all!:

Exclusive Q&A with David Gilmour and Nick Mason about The Endless River

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzdtlnL65yk

"In a statement, Mason described the album as a tribute to Wright: "I think this record is a good way of recognising a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was."[20]

Gilmour has stated that the new material may not appeal to younger listeners because the entire album should be listened to in one sitting rather than track by track. Gilmour told MOJO magazine: "My struggle is to try to not have it over-hyped. All the powers that be that surround us, the record companies and management, want to make a huge, huge, huge fuss and I want to make a bit of a fuss, but I want people to understand where this is coming from and why it's not Dark Side of The Moon or even The Division Bell... Unapologetically, this is for the generation that wants to put its headphones on, lie in a beanbag, or whatever, and get off on a piece of music for an extended period of time. You could say it's not for the iTunes, downloading-individual-tracks generation. But there are a lot of people who'll get a lot of enjoyment out of this."[21] He also told Rolling Stone magazine: "Anything we had of value is on this album."[22]"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Endless_River

Great video of Gilmour and Mason talking about the album and it's meaning:

http://www.superdeluxeedition.com/news/david-gilmour-on-pink-floyds-new-album-the-endless-river/

P.S. And as a bonus, it does NOT suffer from over-compression/clipping/LOUDNESS that is also prevalent in today's digital industry!
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Flips Audio FH2814BK Collapsible HD Headphones and Stereo Speakers, Black
Flips Audio FH2814BK Collapsible HD Headphones and Stereo Speakers, Black
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More cleverly marketed, lo-fi JUNK, October 12, 2014
Welcome to the age of lo-fi. Lo-fi play back systems. Lo-fi data formats. Lo-fi compressed and clipped digital audio formats from the record labels. Teeny, tiny, tinny drivers. All very cleverly marketed.

If people weren't so "dumbed down" in the audio department, and had ever even ONCE heard music on a good set of headphones (or on any quality playback device for that matter) playing a PROPERLY mastered, lossless format...then they would realize that this is just another Bose-like marketing blitzkrieg promoting yet more audio JUNK. More importantly, they would realize that audio quality has hit an all time low and these "lo-phones" are no higher up the food chain than $2 ear buds.

http://www.audioholics.com/editorials/the-dumbing-down-of-audio

http://www.distortionofsound.com/


World On Fire (Feat. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators)
World On Fire (Feat. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators)
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9 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING...Great Talent destroyed with audio dynamic range over-compression/LOUDness., September 20, 2014
The DR range readings are out on the Dynamic Range Database website...and unfortunately again, they are not pretty:

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Analyzed folder: /Users/***/Music/Slash - World On Fire (2014) [ALAC]
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DR Peak RMS Filename
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DR6 -0.00 dB -6.77 dB 01 - World On Fire.m4a
DR5 over -6.43 dB 02 - Shadow Life.m4a
DR6 over -6.81 dB 03 - Automatic Overdrive.m4a
DR5 over -6.43 dB 04 - Wicked Stone.m4a
DR6 over -6.91 dB 05 - 30 Years To Life.m4a
DR6 over -7.90 dB 06 - Bent To Fly.m4a
DR6 -0.00 dB -7.02 dB 07 - Stone Blind.m4a
DR6 over -7.34 dB 08 - Too Far Gone.m4a
DR6 over -7.54 dB 09 - Beneath The Savage Sun.m4a
DR6 over -6.72 dB 10 - Withered Delilah.m4a
DR6 over -8.57 dB 11 - Battleground.m4a
DR6 over -6.98 dB 12 - Dirty Girl.m4a
DR6 over -7.07 dB 13 - Iris Of The Storm.m4a
DR6 over -6.44 dB 14 - Avalon.m4a
DR6 over -6.97 dB 15 - The Dissident.m4a
DR6 over -7.34 dB 16 - Safari Inn.m4a
DR6 over -7.69 dB 17 - The Unholy.m4a
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Number of files: 17
Official DR value: DR6

Will the actual physical copy cd suffer this same fate? Time will tell...but more than likely.

It's time to end this ignorance in the studio. I'm not going to get into how weak and sterile music mastered like this sounds...or how tiring/fatiguing a listen it is after a song and a half. It's all been covered and the info is out there for the taking.

Many reviews mention how the music all sounds the same. The style of mastering this digital release suffers from will most certainly contribute to a sterile, "samey" sounding experience. I laugh when I hear statements about how "awesome" this sounds. WOW! Really?!?

Many out there don't realize what is going on. They just know it sounds off somehow. I don't fault them...at least they are noticing something. I'm getting the word out there...the painful truth. Actually this release is very surprising because I haven't seen this much clipping on much of anything released lately. This is a major step backwards. I thought by now (with the awareness) that the issue of clipping, at the very least, would have been addressed across the board...but apparently not.

Clipping is when you chop off the top of the audio waveform because the levels are pushed beyond what the medium (cd, etc.) can handle. Essentially you then have "damaged" music.

If when released and analyzed, the physical product cd has a better waveform and dynamics, I will adjust this review accordingly.

At what point is the majority/listening public going to wake up, get educated on this matter, and demand better audio quality? (they certainly would be drowning in their own tears if video quality was this pathetic). Reiterating, I have read a couple reviews claiming this release has "awesome sound". I can only shake my head at the level of conditioning that has been administered by the record labels to form such opinions on what "awesome" sound is. What can one expect when the benchmark for top-notch audio quality is a $2 set of ear buds providing a lossy format.
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Redeemer of Souls (Deluxe)
Redeemer of Souls (Deluxe)
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29 of 109 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BRICKWALLED JUNK - mastered for the lowest common denominator of listener...NOT for the TRUE FANS! SHAME on you record labels!!!, July 8, 2014
This may sound good to the 14-year old listener blaring this across his/her $1.99 (at Discount Drug Mart) ear buds while a freight train is going by, HOWEVER, for anyone with ANY kind of knowledge or understanding of audio quality, we realize that this style of mastering only produces a weak, gutless final delivery. The ignorance continues.

Here are the cr@ptastic numbers:

foobar2000 1.3.1 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2014-07-03 23:29:44

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Analyzed: Judas Priest / Redeemer of Souls
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR5 0.00 dB -6.11 dB 4:27 01-Dragonaught
DR5 -0.02 dB -6.11 dB 3:59 02-Redeemer of Souls
DR5 0.00 dB -6.38 dB 6:04 03-Halls of Valhalla
DR5 0.00 dB -6.58 dB 4:55 04-Sword of Damocles
DR5 -0.10 dB -6.01 dB 3:56 05-March of the Damned
DR5 0.00 dB -5.76 dB 3:55 06-Down in Flames
DR6 0.00 dB -7.35 dB 4:46 07-Hell & Back
DR5 0.00 dB -6.44 dB 5:25 08-Cold Blooded
DR5 0.00 dB -5.15 dB 4:38 09-Metalizer
DR5 0.00 dB -7.00 dB 3:51 10-Crossfire
DR5 -0.01 dB -6.45 dB 5:41 11-Secrets of The Dead
DR6 0.00 dB -6.84 dB 5:18 12-Battle Cry
DR6 -0.02 dB -9.10 dB 5:08 13-Beginning of The End
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Number of tracks: 13
Official DR value: DR5

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 16
Bitrate: 832 kbps
Codec: FLAC

***UPDATE***: The DR numbers for the lowly vinyl have come out and they embarrass the superiorly capable digital format (actually the idiots who mastered the digital format should be the embarrassed ones):

foobar2000 1.3.2 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2014-08-30 13:32:47

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Analyzed: Judas Priest / Redeemer Of Souls
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 -1.17 dB -12.62 dB 4:25 01-Dragonaught
DR10 -1.50 dB -12.55 dB 3:59 02-Redeemer Of Souls
DR10 -0.97 dB -12.93 dB 6:04 03-Halls Of Valhalla
DR11 -1.40 dB -13.86 dB 4:55 04-Sword Of Damocles
DR10 -1.46 dB -13.33 dB 3:56 05-March Of The Damned
DR9 -2.55 dB -13.17 dB 3:55 06-Down In Flames
DR11 -1.56 dB -14.71 dB 4:44 07-Hell And Back
DR10 -0.20 dB -13.03 dB 5:25 08-Cold Blooded
DR9 -1.62 dB -11.42 dB 4:38 09-Metalizer
DR10 -1.77 dB -13.45 dB 3:51 10-Crossfire
DR10 -0.93 dB -13.37 dB 5:41 11-Secrets Of The Dead
DR11 -1.02 dB -13.58 dB 5:18 12-Battle Cry
DR10 -2.98 dB -16.17 dB 5:08 13-Beginning Of The End
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Number of tracks: 13
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 4608 kbps
Codec: PCM

For fun, here are the numbers to Painkiller (Japan pressing but still the same):

foobar2000 1.1.11 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2012-03-04 12:06:21

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Analyzed: Judas Priest / Painkiller [ESCA-5159]
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 0.00 dB -12.72 dB 6:07 01-Painkiller
DR11 -0.12 dB -12.64 dB 3:37 02-Hell Patrol
DR12 -0.83 dB -13.47 dB 3:58 03-All Guns Blazing
DR11 -1.32 dB -14.10 dB 3:35 04-Leather Rebel
DR11 -0.61 dB -14.12 dB 4:50 05-Metal Meltdown
DR11 -0.09 dB -13.87 dB 5:45 06-Night Crawler
DR11 -0.37 dB -12.66 dB 4:49 07-Between The Hammer & The Anvil
DR11 0.00 dB -12.57 dB 5:45 08-A Touch Of Evil
DR10 -7.63 dB -19.13 dB 0:56 09-Battle Hymn
DR11 -0.01 dB -12.57 dB 6:48 10-One Shot At Glory
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 16
Bitrate: 973 kbps
Codec: WavPack

MORE THAN DOUBLE the range. More than double the "punch".

http://www.amazon.com/forum/music/ref=cm_cd_rvt_np?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx1YA4ZE83NG9MC&cdPage=6&cdThread=Tx24YE3PSHJZ3ZA#CustomerDiscussionsNew
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Dream Theater
Dream Theater
Price: $14.99
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18 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars LOUDNESS WAR audio yet again. BRICKWALLED cd mastering. Get the 5.1 DVD and play in 5.1 or 2-channel., October 1, 2013
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This review is from: Dream Theater (Audio CD)
This really hurts to have to do.

First off let me say I LOVE this band and the new material (which I love) sounds great on the 5.1 DVD included in the deluxe package. In fact I think it sounds phenomenal when played in 2-channel mode. The retail cd, however, is the problem.

Fans will get mad over this review but it's an absolute truth. Sonically, the cd/digital format of this product is inferior and I owe it to everyone to point it out. Hence the handful of listeners out there who understand what I am talking about may save their money. A few others who don't may take notice.

WOULD IT MATTER IF THEY SOUNDED LIKE THIS CD IN CONCERT???

Dream Theater is my 6th favorite band and this pains me dearly...to have this done to the retail cd of this release just takes all their hard work and takes a big ---- on it. Very sad. When does the madness end? When will the powers that be turn the volume control knob back over to the listener?

This retail cd is completely BRICKWALLED...stripping it of any emotion, impact, and power. A complete shame and in-excuse-able with all of the knowledge now out there on this topic. Yet it continues through willful ignorance.

RECORD LABELS, SOUND ENGINEERS, AND PRODUCERS...IT'S TIME TO WAKE UP. LOUDER and compressed isn't getting it anymore. The bands also need to speak up. Dream Theater, honestly, do you like all your hard earned work to be in the end squashed down/whimpified and mastered for the teeny-bopper "I-everything" listener? Or do you want power and punch in your sound? Many listeners out there just do not understand this concept. A quick A/B would clarify.

When we can finally arrive at the point where us consumers can get PROPER MASTERING on the RETAIL, we can then proceed to the enjoyable task of discussing the actual music.

P.S. AUDIO IS IMPORTANT ON AN "AUDIO" PRODUCT

Where there is no quiet there can be no loud.
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13 [2 CD][Deluxe Edition]
13 [2 CD][Deluxe Edition]
Price: $14.99
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72 of 141 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rick Ruin LOUDNESS WAR's the digital format...yet...again = audio release with...you guessed it...GARBAGE AUDIO., June 11, 2013
Seriously this must be some kind of a joke that these record labels/sound engineers/producers can't get past this.

This is an AUDIO release...so YES the AUDIO is IMPORTANT!

What is so hard about making the cd just as dynamic as the vinyl?

The louder and more compressed/clipped you make it, the LESS impacting and powerful it actually is....making it weak and absolute unlistenable, BRICKWALLED, clipped TRASH.

Clipping = damaged audio signal = defective product.

"Criticism of production[edit]

13 has been criticized for having compromised sound quality, due to an overly
compressed dynamic range, during a process called peak limiting, which leads to
audible distortion (known as the loudness war).

Jon Hadusek of Consequence of Sound said of the production, "Rubin...deserves
disparagement for the way he mixed the audio levels, which are crushed by
distortion and compression. Otherwise well-recorded songs are blemished, an
affliction all too pervasive in the modern music industry".[54] Ben Ratliff of
The New York Times also disliked the album's mastering, saying, "The new Black
Sabbath album was produced by Rick Rubin, who some believe to be a prime
offender in the recent history of highly compressed and loudly mastered music -
a major cause of ear fatigue...13 is mastered loudly, too; Mr. Iommi's guitar
tone planes outward, leaving very little space, and the drums stay high and
present in the mix. Your ears aren't given room to breathe".[55] "

The entire reasoning behind the HD TV was to create a more detailed picture. The
side effect of a more detailed picture is a picture with more
depth...or...DYNAMICS. A more DYNAMIC picture looks much more like a LIVE
picture. So while all this has been going on, the exact opposite has been
happening to the digital format of music. Instead of having DYNAMIC RANGE in our
music to replicate the LIVE performance, we have been given increasingly
COMPRESSED and CLIPPED offerings...and mostly willfully accepting them with
complete trust in the BIG MONEY manufacturer. Even with the awareness that is
now prevalent, we still have mostly willful ignorance in the producer and the
consumer. These audio formats that have been ignorantly forced upon us are the
complete audio equivalent OPPOSITE of that detailed, deep, and DYNAMIC...almost
LIVE...picture screen. When you take dynamics out of visual, you remove DEPTH
PERCEPTION, which in turn makes what you see look LESS like a LIVE visual. When
you take dynamics out of music, you take away detail, soundstaging, attack and
decay, DEPTH PERCEPTION, and PUNCH...making what you hear sound LESS like a LIVE
performance. The visual equivalent to compressed audio is loss of DEPTH
PERCEPTION. Its a VERY. SIMPLE. CONCEPT. IF I TYPED IN ALL CAPS HERE, I COULDN'T
EMPHASIZE A DOGGONE THING, COULD I?

Although informative and true, note how annoying the above paragraph was to read in such a "compressed" format. No room to breath. That's how this new garbage sounds.

Thank Rick Ruin and your clan of stooges (Fidelman, Exeter, Scheps) for shooting for LOUDNESS over all other aspects of audio dynamics. When I knew your name was tied to this way back months ago, I predicted everything that just happened here with this release.

Record labels, take your vinyl and shove it up your ace, because I'm not spending even more money to have what should already be on the cd. Going back to 70's technology is not the answer to willful ignorance in mastering cd's. Isn't it ironic that vinyl is reigning supreme again, as the digital format has been tampered into complete inferiority? That is of course unless you like your ears to bleed after 5 fatiguing minutes.

Loud vs. Dynamic; Fatigue vs. Intrigue.
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