Review by Tape to DSD128 June 3, 2014 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
|Natural & organic the music soars with a transcending alive analog beauty
When you listen to this disc it frees you from being Analytical & always judging just like a good analog tape its easy to just enjoy & be swept away totally transfixed & swept along with this great music.
This disc gives me Tommy like its the first time, it seems to have been made real
Its alive breathing organic & real.
please remember that this transfer is of the original masters & thus the original stereo mix from 1969, its not PCM multitracks remixed,over processed & tweaked with DSP to give you an instant wow factor that soon falls away & you don't even look forward to hearing it again, No this disc fills me with joy always gladly looking forward with pleasure to the next listen.
One can only imagine what a 5.6448Mhz DSD128 transfer of this master tape would be like?
Hats off to Universal japan for having the guts & foresight to release direct analog to DSD discs
Remember your hearing the master tape warts & all, Sure they could have converted DSD to PCM ( & back again) to apply EQ,& all the DSP manipulation currently being used to give one more of a HiRez illusion in the short term ending quickly with no genuine lasting affection.
Analogue wrote: "A masterful job by Jon Astley" LOL
Yes he does his best work on flat transfers!, other tape ops are left in the dust,
Jon Astley operates the deck like its a woman coaxing taking the deck close to the edge to obtain the best transfers then a contemplative smoke is shared in the glorious post transfer quiet time AH..
to me the PCM illusion does not fool the subconscious mind into the same feelings as analog & DSD
its like the mind senses that multi bit with limited sample rate is an artificial, altered reconstituted new entity that the flight or fight part of our brain flags to keep analyzing the strange time domain gaps, you cant fool the subconscious survival instincts which are finely tuned alerting us to whats real & whats illusion
So for me Analog & DSD is worthwhile its a feeling, a good feeling & real connection , PCM never touches me in the same way.
This disc has been a revelation to me it has shown me the path to audio enlightenment keeping music pure & away from PCM decimation so for me that means analog & DSD are the only formats worthy to do the music justice, I will not waste any more time with PCM always judging it, telling myself that it sounds good when all along my feelings were telling me ijust cant be happy with this perfect sound forever, for me PCM listening requires constant judging & evaluating where real music analog & DSD i just find infinitely more rewarding on many different levels.
Remember pre digital you could totally lose yourself in the natural analog music you really loved your LPS a real godsend, a tonic for the soul-when you connect with the music you are free, for me PCM robs music of something very very special & its a feeling & you cant really explain it.
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