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My notes continue the review I started for Sector 1, where I also briefly compare the hi-res 24/96 downloads of Sector 1 and conclude that there's no apparent benefit to the higher resolution versions over the CDs, at least from a headphone-listening perspective.
keep in mind that all the albums from Moving Pictures forward in this series were originally 16-bit digital recordings. So the main sonic differences between the Sector boxes and other available versions will be things like treble boost and loudness, along with whatever mastering gizmos the engineer felt like plugging in. Sometimes they run the digital master through good analog equipment and recapture back to digital, which can sound good (somehow), and I think MP was actually mixed in analog after being recorded digitally, oddly enough; but there's a limit to how much "better" any recordings from this era can sound from their original incarnations. I found Hold Your Fire shrill on the Sector box, for instance.
Hemispheres from Sector 2 is very close in most respects to the 1997 remaster, I think (and the SHM).Read more ›
First, the DVD-Audio disc "A Farewell To Kings". It does not provide nearly the three dimensional effect as surround mixes by Elliot Scheiner or Steven Wilson. I would say it's more like an ambient stereo mix as opposed to a true 5.1 surround mix. However, there is added detail to this mix that isn't in the original stereo mix so it's still an upgrade of sorts.
The CDs sound better on about half of the songs on all of the albums and virtually identical to the Bob Ludwig '97 remasters on the remainder. For example, the song "Circumstances" sounds clearer and fuller on the new remaster but "The Trees" sounds virtually identical to the '97 remaster, so not every single song sounds different, but at least half do. Don't get me wrong, they are still worth owning as the '97 remasters sounded pretty good too and were MUCH improved over the original release CDs which were soft and muddy. This is the case because Andy VanDette amassed together the best sounding audio for individual songs from both his own tape transfers of the original masters and high resolution digital files from transfers of the master tapes done 7 or 8 years ago, when those tapes were younger and less degraded. The songs he was able to improve upon do sound a little fuller and clearer.Read more ›
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Up until purchasing the "Sector" sets, I had every live CD but I never had the complete Rush studio collection on CD. I do have some of these on original LPs. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dave
Best band to ever walk this planet yesterday, today and 2112 years from now!!! :DPublished 12 months ago by Test4echo3
I only buy CD's for bands I REALLY like. The others I just purchase as MP3's. This is one such artist that I really like/admire.Published 18 months ago by erik bowen
The packaging on Sector 2 is brilliant and the discs sound great. My order arrived much sooner than I had expected it to. I also ordered Sector 3 box set.Published 18 months ago by Clifton M. Duncan
Bought this on amazons steal a deal hour, & have loved listening to it all the time. Can't go wrong with anything by Rush!!Published 19 months ago by stutz59