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Reviews: Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms

Reviews: 4

Review by analogue October 18, 2013 (13 of 16 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Its to bad that several hirez versions of this album are available because the job that Mofi has done with this sacd is remarkable. I kept asking myself if this really was a 16/44 bit pcm recording because it sounds like a true bonafide master tape version.

For those liking their pcm music loud with a heavy bass and low end.....with treble boosted up in an attempt to increase need not apply here. But for those who want to be shocked and enthralled by this it as soon as possible.

Right off the bat the first thing I noticed was how relaxed and easy going this disc is. No...not dull or sometimes Mofi's transfers are. I mean analogue, warm and extremely pristine sounding. Like it was recorded yesterday in the greatest of studio spaces.

Whatever audio virtue one wants to judge upon.this sacd has it. Vocals, soundstage, depth and lifelike timbres are presented very beautifully. Its obvious that despite its recorded shortcomings this is a tremendous recording done with skill and understanding.

A good comparison would be the Peter Gabriel sacd;s which were recorded in low rez pcm. While they sound good..they also have that unmistakable cd like sound. The grainy treble and the boosted frequencies. But one cant compare those discs with what Mofi has achieved here. There is no comparison save that one is cd like in sound and one sounds like a total analogue overhaul with all its inherent qualities.
And it needs to be highly cranked to get all the best out of it. Then the bass and low end shimmer..the sound stage blooms.

I dont want to steer anyone wrong here so lets be clear..........if you like this album and want it to sound like traditional pcm cd....with compression and loudness.....if that's your thing.don't buy this disc. If on the other hand you want to hear a true audiophile recording that is a total beauty to in which you will sit in your chair and not move for the entire 55 minutes.......this is your thing.

Buy it, crank the heck out of it.and listen to it. Its a total chill out album in the best of meanings.

So if you like you Mtv you'll love this new Mofi sacd.

You will not be sad you did. I think magic was created here. A low rez recording that has all the analogue goodness and rightness of one that is truly hirez.
Highly recommended.

Awesome and singular work Mofi.

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Review by NesY January 23, 2014 (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
I think this is mastered as good as a digital recording from the 80's can be mastered. MoFi did an absolute amazing job. Sometimes, just sometimes, you are reminded of the limitations of the original recording on especially Mark Knopfler's vocals, but again I believe that is a function of the source not the mastering. Highly recommended.

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Review by truelies March 13, 2014 (1 of 10 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Release another SACD edition without multi channels? You can't release more and more editions to expect people buy it, this just mean money hungry.

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Review by tdunster March 19, 2014 (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
The original SACD is too loud, brash, and harsh so it's not going to take a lot to beat it and this new MFSL release certainly does just that.

Given the limits of the source material this will never be a match for a well put together DSD release and a quick listen certainly confirms this. Don't get me wrong, this is a great sounding disc when compared to modern brick walled cd's - it's just not in the same league as discs such as the SACD releases of Exile on Main Street, Sticky Fingers, Who's Next, Quadrophenia, Aretha's Gold, Pet Sounds, and many other DSD recordings.

For those that like Brothers in Arms this is the one to own but don't expect a massive improvement over the original German 1985 CD. The MFSL sacd still has a cd like character to it.

If you only own the 2005 SACD or 1996 CD remaster then you will get a modest though worthwhile improvement.

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