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Reviews: Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms

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Review by thomasfdo May 7, 2014 (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
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to me and in my system this shm sacd is the best sounding sacd of this album; the mfsl sacd already outperformes the standard sacd by quite a margin and this shm sacd outperformes the mfsl sacd; in comparison to this shm sacd the mfsl sacd sounds darker with more bass, what - in my system - is not an advandage (but what can be an advandage if your system sounds rather bright and is pure in bass); the shm sacd has the better overall sound balance and the tracks are easier to follow

you might need to find out, which one sounds better in your system; and as always it's also a matter of taste

the mfsl sacd I would rate 8,5/10, the shm sacd 10/10

strongly recommended!

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Review by cordobaman May 16, 2014 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
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I had an original cd, which I sold long ago when I got the 20th anniversary SACD and became enamored with the surround. But after time I found the surround version to be edgy and tiresome, regretted selling the CD. Now that I've listed to the SHM-SACD, I am blown away by the clarity and detail. This medium reveals all the glory of (what I believe must be) the intended original sound. Tight, snappy, dynamic as all-get-out. Yes it sound digital (and completely opposite of the Carpenters), but it is not harsh in any way. The soundstage is nice and wide, the instrument placement is distinct. This Dire Straits BIA SHM-SACD definitely puts a smile on my face!

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Review by analogue September 17, 2015 (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
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I don't need to say much in the way of this album and its greatness. I am essentially comparing 2 different sacd versions of this release.

Before I get into the nitty gritty I would like to state that both the Mobile Fidelity and the newer Shm Sacd are fabulous discs and that both of these should be owned by any fan of this record. I AM ALSO HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THERE ARE DEFINITE DIFFERENCES WITH REGARDS TO SOUND Quality ON THESE discs,. if they sounded identical I would believe I was developing tin ears.

The Mofi sacd is a tremendous disc with sound qualities I would not have expected to hear on a low rez pcm recording. The Mofi is very warm and analogue sounding. It does much better in hiding its low rez origins,. The new Shm Sacd sounds like I would have expected a low rez recording to sound...........and yet it has special qualities that the Mofi doesn't have.

While the Mofi is warmer, a tad darker and extremely relaxing to listen to.....the Shm Sacd is more open, clear and transparent. A better way of explaining myself is that the Universal Japan sacd fills my room with a bigger sonic picture window of sound. I suspected as much as this is one of the biggest characteristics of the Shm SACD sound. The Shm also has better extension of instruments and has a better defined space between the instruments and people. Neither version is remotely compressed or suffers from the nasty digititis syndrome.

Why SHOULD A FAN OWN BOTH YOU ASK???? The Mofi used the U.S. tape source while the Japanese sacd used the U.K. tapes. the LATTER FEATURES SHORTER TRACKS. Mofi' sacd is 55 minutes in length while the Shm sacd is 47 minutes in total. Its a hard pill to swallow for me as I really love the longer tracks and their truncation effects the enjoyment of the album. As it stands now five of the tracks on both of these sacds are exactly the same length A GREAT THING) while the other four are shorter. One tracks by three minutes another by 2.

Highly recommended for its sound but purchase both sacds as each one has its own terrific sound and merit.

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