I'd be afraid some of those are counterfeit and really aren't to the xrcd quality...
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Here you go:
You are familiar with the Blu-Spec CDs, aren't you?
There's one little problem: how many XRCDs are there?
There's a whole lot of SHM-CDs out there, I believe more than 3300, and they definitely sound better than their regular CD counterparts.
I will agree with you, my "Brothers In Arms" XRCD sounds better than the SHM-CD.
You might be able to hear the differences better if you still had your Caravelles ( just messin' with ya ).
..lol .If I were still in my previous crib or moved to 8Â ceilings and walls I would still be listening to the Caravelles. Best monitor I have heard first hand. Now, 12 foot ceilings and an open floor plan require a speaker to move more air. A lot more air. IÂm going to check out the cds. You are right on the xrcds, though. A crying shame there are so few. ThatÂs why they are worth so much, I suppose. Sweetest thing on a cd.
SHM uses the original master, only the material used is different/better.
So my Eagles Hell Freezes Over US press < SHM version
K2/XRCD involve remastering so IMHO the remastering accounts for why K2/XRCDs sounds better than the standard master (used in regular press or SHM).
But there are now SHM XRCDs that have the best of both worlds.
ps there is a new K2 Direct Cut that is even more impressive than K2/XR but limited to Asian titles for the HK market.