On 14/07/2013, Gray, Mike wrote:
> Vinyl was never the ideal medium to deliver sound to the average
> consumer - too many compromises to appease the home console
> OK, Angel tried to make amends in the 70s with a few releases at 45
> rpm (they sounded good, didn't they!) - and who can forget RCA
> half-speed mastering? Was this a new idea? Decca mastered early ffs
> records at half-speed back in the late 50s.
> And who can forget that pressing plants didn't want lacquers with lots
> of LF difference information that required longer-than-average
> pressing duration?
> I hate to say it, but a well-mastered CD can sound mighty wonderful
Yes. Certainly new digital recordings can.
The problem is that most of the transfers of great performances were
done early on and have not been re-transferred with modern methods. So
we are stuck with a great many substandard transfers of famous
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