> 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.