I cant say I have heard it but it sounds like another attempt to inject enthusiasm and a higher price for folks willing to pay.
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I've been buying Japanese CDs from these Japanese sources:
These companies can supply CDs immediately on release.
Warning:Shipping costs can be very high!
Domestically, CD Universe usually has a nice selection of Japanese CDs.
www.jpophelp.com is a Canadian company that also specializes in Japanese CDs.
Hope this helps.
I bought about 5 or 6 titles. Allman Bros. Fillmore East, Steely Dan Aja, Derek & Dominoes Layla, Who Who's Next, and possibly a couple more (I can't remember...). In each case, they were the best versions I have ever heard including the current SACD formats. They are very pricey but, if you want to drop some coin, there are no better versions available. The packaging is also second to none. They are supposedly not re-releasing them so get them while you can.
SHM cd's are sounding brighter with less bottom and less 3D,also instruments are sounding little thinner.You can hear that these versions are not as good as most very old nonmaster cd's.First impression is wow but when you listen to them on very highend system you are finding out the opposite.They are louder,so you have to adjust the other older cd¨s accordingly.The voices are not as human as they should be.On lower end systems could be benefiting from these negative features though.