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SW SE Trilogy : 1997 RCA vs 2004 Sony

Bren
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SW SE Trilogy : 1997 RCA vs 2004 Sony   Thursday, March 23, 2006 (3:12 p.m.) 

I realise this question has probably been asked to death, but are 2004 Sony versions worth it in terms of sound quality versus the 1997 RCA issues ?

I have the 1997 RCA issues (jewel case & booklet versions), and won't be giving these up for anything. However I am considering getting the 2004 versions, despite the above review touting minimal improvements soundwise.

Whlist not having a ridiculously high end hifi, mine is fairly good. These soundtracks are also the select few CDs that I have ripped at 320kbs for my iPod.

Does anyone who already has both the 1997 RCA and 2004 Sony versions care to offer their thoughts on the (potential) differences in sound and mastering ?

Thanks,

Bren

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Re: SW SE Trilogy : 1997 RCA vs 2004 Sony   Monday, April 3, 2006 (10:20 p.m.) 

I'm interested in Bren's question too... I have recently upgraded my audio gear and *very* disappointingly found out about the quality of the 1997 RCA issues. For all the effort put into the liner notes and packaging, I don't hear the quality in the "remastering" of the recordings. I have tried this CD on other friend's audio systems (that are much better than mine.) and there is no mistake - the audio quality is not very good. You can hear a distinct background hiss and stereo separation appears rather narrow.

If anyone can comment on the 2004 Sony version's quality, that would great. The 1997 RCA CD sounds fine in a car, or ripped onto an iPod, but on higher end systems it's a disappointment to listen to.

Reply to:
> I realise this question has probably been asked to death, but are 2004
> Sony versions worth it in terms of sound quality versus the 1997 RCA
> issues ?

> I have the 1997 RCA issues (jewel case & booklet versions), and won't
> be giving these up for anything. However I am considering getting the 2004
> versions, despite the above review touting minimal improvements soundwise.

> Whlist not having a ridiculously high end hifi, mine is fairly good. These
> soundtracks are also the select few CDs that I have ripped at 320kbs for
> my iPod.

> Does anyone who already has both the 1997 RCA and 2004 Sony versions care
> to offer their thoughts on the (potential) differences in sound and
> mastering ?

> Thanks,

> Bren


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Chu
Re: SW SE Trilogy : 1997 RCA vs 2004 Sony   Sunday, April 16, 2006 (9:28 p.m.) 

> I'm interested in Bren's question too... I have recently upgraded my audio
> gear and *very* disappointingly found out about the quality of the 1997
> RCA issues. For all the effort put into the liner notes and packaging, I
> don't hear the quality in the "remastering" of the recordings. I
> have tried this CD on other friend's audio systems (that are much better
> than mine.) and there is no mistake - the audio quality is not very good.
> You can hear a distinct background hiss and stereo separation appears
> rather narrow.

> If anyone can comment on the 2004 Sony version's quality, that would
> great. The 1997 RCA CD sounds fine in a car, or ripped onto an iPod, but
> on higher end systems it's a disappointment to listen to.

> Reply to:

I own the 2004 set and I will say that in my estimation they are quite amazing. They include practically every bit of music from the original trilogy from the 20th century fox fanfare on recorded by the LSO during their recording sessions. I think the sound quality is just fine; it does not have an artificial sound and it makes you feel that your are back in the time period these movies were made. I don't care that the packaging isn't the greatest thing on this planet. I didn't buy them for their packaging but rather their musical value. Thus as far as I am concerned, I highly recommend the 2004 set.


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