you have to enjoy pre-recorded music, warts and all, or you'll just wind up listening to 6 records or cd's. most people who are passionate about music are not audiophiles. i can hear patsy cline sing 'crazy' or the beatles 'i saw her standing there' on an AM radio and get goose bumps. get beyond the 'pluck' of a string, and you'll enjoy your stereo again, as well as getting rid of a mental block thats going to keep you from enjoying about 99.5% of all recorded music.
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Slingshot; well said.
i too have always loved 'It doesn't Matter' from 'So Long So Wrong' as well as track 10 'Looking in the Eyes of Love' and my fav on the album, track 14, 'There is a Reason'.
in 1997 when i first got the CD i could not play it enough; Allison's voice was just this heavenly sound.
i've been a huge fan ever since and the Lps have been wonderful.
interestingly; i was listening to the SACD of Allison Krause,"Now That I Found You", when i saw your post.
if your system takes you 'there' then just enjoy the music.
I 100% agree with you. I don't spin vinyl, but the CD software makes a major difference in the end result of a system's sonics. I now look for certain labels and remaster processes as part of my search for jazz which is the main thing I listen to. It's impossible to know what kind of sound you're getting when you buy a CD. JVC XRCD is very good on jazz but for instance the Bluenote RVG (Rudy Van Gelder) and other label remasters are generally inferior, thin sounding and lacking weight in the bass and mids. Some of the RVG remasters are must-have music for any jazz fan however so I have several in my collection. The Sony/ Columbia CD remasters are also excellent in quality. But the software can take away dramatically or add significantly to your system's performance.
It Doesn't Matter Anymore is the best sound I have ever heard on my system.
If you have a good system then it is worth paying attention to the people who mix and master.
When Gary Paczosa and Doug Sax are involved (a couple of what many might term audio "gearheads") then perfectionism can be expected...a glorious recording!!!
Here are some photos of Gary at a gearheads openhouse link to photos .
Nice to see that many others like this song. Love to hear it in a direct comparison to a more expensive Lyra cartridge like the Titan or Skala.
As far as the live album, I think my SACD version sounds better. The LP sounds somewhat soft to me but I have only played it a few times. Will be listening to it again.