Not sure exactly what you're asking, but I'll answer it the way I interpret it ...
It would be the one I know best. So, for instance, in cases of RCA Living Stereo that I know, I now
probably know them best from the hybrid SACDs, and I'd make sure to listen carefully to the CD layer
sometime soon before I went shopping. But in the case of the Beatles, I prefer the 2009 remasters,
and preferred them the first time I heard them (I LIKE the heavy bass, you can hear for the first
time how good a bass player Paul is and how good Ringo was with the kick drum, plus there's nice
weight to harmony vocals). But in the case of Mercury CDs I know well and love, I'd take the
originals because that's what I always listen to and there's no difference in the products in the
recent box sets. Actually, that said, I'd take whichever I could find first! With jazz CDs, it
really depends on what I have, I don't buy a remaster just because it's been made. The frame of
reference is always, hey I've listened to this recording a lot and these are the little hooks and
riffs that I like, so do they sound great or not? In classical music it's about the stereo image and
the realism of the orchestra, as well as how crisp are dynamics. For jazz, it's more like rock,
where are the hooks and riffs, do I hear all the little things I like in a way I like?
All of that said, I don't go shopping in showrooms anymore. I do carry a couple of CDs to AES, for
instance, because I want to hear things playing familiar music (especially headphones, DACs and
speakers). I also have a CD of unprocessed raw tracks -- drums, guitars, amplified instruments,
vocals -- that I can run thru various processor toys if I want to check them out.
One lesson I did learn along the way is, buy phono cartridges with a money-back guarantee. You just
never know how they'll sound and the more "artisan" types vary from unit to unit. I also like that
for headphones, just to avoid finding a deal with a large variety, but many places that sell
headphones won't take them back once they've touched your head.
Net-net, however, I'm quite happy with the gear I have, so I haven't done too much shopping in
recent years. One big exception was the one-shot upgrade out of NTSC televisions. I went to Sears,
decided I like the on-sale Samsung TVs and bought the same brand in a variety of sizes so as to have
one remote to learn. I'd say to anyone that the Panasonic plasmas looked best, but they cost 3x what
I paid for the Samsung, and it turns out that the "cinema" picture profile on the Samsung plasma
looks almost as good (dynamic but with very natural skin tones and deep blacks and whites).
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Lou Judson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2013 8:54 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Testing speakers- was Audibility of 44/16 ?
Tom, if you were to take a CD for purchase evaluation, would it be the original )1998?) commercial
CD, one you made from your own Lp, or the 2009 remasters?
On Feb 10, 2013, at 3:56 AM, Tom Fine wrote:
> Nowadays, I would probably take a couple of jazz and classical recordings I know well, but I still
> don't want any speakers that don't make the Beatles sound as I expect them to sound!
> -- Tom Fine