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.
> 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 ?