I'm also an avid fan, I've seen him live six times, and have all of his CDs. In my opinion, all of his recordings are lovingly made, and should be an example to other artists.
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No it's not the only measure of sq, not all music calls for a huge dynamic range. Besides recording, production and mastering all matter too.
However, don't you think it's an appalling state of affairs when vinyl releases regularly trounce their digital counterparts for dynamic range?
Just have a look to see how many of the highest average scores belong to vinyl releases.
Digital often gets a lot of criticism but it hardly seems fair to blame the medium when it's so regularly handicapped in this fashion. The recording industry is plainly not interested in exploiting the full capabilities of digital.
Only it's commercial ones.
Looking at the dynamic range database I can't find anything of great interest amongst those few digital recordings up above +20 range.
The highest CD recording seems to be a John Cage Concert for Piano album from 1993 (+24 avg).
My Oppo is the BDP-105D and I’m assuming it decodes HDCD because it flashed “HDCD” on its screen before the CD started.
@cd318, in terms of DR my ears are pretty happy at anything above 12. If you sort the DR database from highest DR you can find lots of CDs in the 16+ range. Some of the artists and titles with high DR are surprising.
'@cd318, in terms of DR my ears are pretty happy at anything above 12. If you sort the DR database from highest DR you can find lots of CDs in the 16+ range. Some of the artists and titles with high DR are surprising.'
Yes it's a question of looking. I did see a CD listed at avg DR +18 that might be of interest as I used to have the vinyl copy -OMDs Architecture and Morality.
However that score only applies to the 1984 CD. Other iterations can be as low as only +9 average DR!
Certainly worth bearing in mind.