Cheap introduction the MQA UHQCD range. The selection is not the best this format can show . The Free track is not the best i have heard this track sound but the Traffic track is a bit more like it.If i was to comment on these cds i would say go for a Steely Dan or the Who hits cd to see what this format can bring.This review is for the redbook layer only,even better results can be had with a MQA decoder.
Hi-Res CD Sampler for Rock & Pop [Hi-Res CD (MQA x UHQCD)] [Limited Release]
|Points You Earn||3% (30p)|
|Release Date||June 20, 2018|
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|Product Type||CD HQCD|
|Number of Discs||2|
HQCD(HiQualityCD) discs are fully compatible with standard CD players
Description in Japanese
これがハイレゾCDだ! ロック&ポップスで聴き比べる体験サンプラー [MQA/UHQCD] [生産限定盤] / オムニバス
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[Hi-Res CD] Mr. Big / Free
[ハイレゾCD] ミスター・ビッグ / フリー
[Hi-Res CD] Mandolin Wind / Rod Stewart
[ハイレゾCD] マンドリン・ウィンド / ロッド・スチュワート
[Hi-Res CD] California Girls / the Beach Boys
[ハイレゾCD] カリフォルニア・ガールズ / ビーチ・ボーイズ
[Hi-Res CD] John Barleycorn Must Die / Traffic
[ハイレゾCD] ジョン・バーレイコーン / トラフィック
[Hi-Res CD] Tears of Rage / The Band
[ハイレゾCD] 怒りの涙 / ザ・バンド
[Hi-Res CD] You Don't Love Me / The Allman Brothers Band
[ハイレゾCD] ユー・ドント・ラヴ・ミー / オールマン・ブラザーズ・バンド
[Hi-Res CD] What's Going on / Marvin Gaye (All tracks are subject to change)
[ハイレゾCD] ホワッツ・ゴーイン・オン / マーヴィン・ゲイ
[Hi-Res CD] I'm Not In Love / 10cc
[ハイレゾCD] アイム・ノット・イン・ラヴ / 10cc
[Hi-Res CD] In the dead of Night / U.K.
[ハイレゾCD] イン・ザ・デッド・オブ・ナイト / U.K.
[Hi-Res CD] Shout / Tears for Fears
[ハイレゾCD] シャウト / ティアーズ・フォー・フィアーズ
[Regular CD] Mr. Big / Free
[通常CD] ミスター・ビッグ / フリー
[Regular CD] Mandolin Wind / Rod Stewart
[通常CD] マンドリン・ウィンド / ロッド・スチュワート
[Regular CD] California Girls / the Beach Boys
[通常CD] カリフォルニア・ガールズ / ビーチ・ボーイズ
[Regular CD] John Barleycorn Must Die / Traffic
[通常CD] ジョン・バーレイコーン / トラフィック
[Regular CD] Tears of Rage / The Band
[通常CD] 怒りの涙 / ザ・バンド
[Regular CD] You Don't Love Me / The Allman Brothers Band
[通常CD] ユー・ドント・ラヴ・ミー / オールマン・ブラザーズ・バンド
[Regular CD] What's Going on / Marvin Gaye (All tracks are subject to change)
[通常CD] ホワッツ・ゴーイン・オン / マーヴィン・ゲイ
[Regular CD] I'm Not In Love / 10cc
[通常CD] アイム・ノット・イン・ラヴ / 10cc
[Regular CD] In the dead of Night / U.K.
[通常CD] イン・ザ・デッド・オブ・ナイト / U.K.
[Regular CD] Shout / Tears for Fears
[通常CD] シャウト / ティアーズ・フォー・フィアーズ
I am REALLY very disappointed! The sound is not only below my expectations, but actually my impression is that either something went wrong during production process or there is an compatibility issue with a regular CD player – the sound on some tracks has very low dynamics, there happen additional noises/digital buzz, some tracks sound like over-steered (like when recording on analogue tape you put too high level of gain). Generally the silver CD sounds much better than the green one (however still below quality of many regular CDs pressed in Japan). My player is an vintage Marantz CD-16 so maybe the player is too old and therefore not compatible? I asked CDjapan already twice about that but I received no answer at all:(
Listening on normal Bang & Olufsen material (so in UHDCD). It really impressed me how well this new cd format sounds. All instruments are sounding brilliant. Much more details can be heard. Instruments are sounding so clear. So I'm definitely a fan. And makes me curious how the MQA sound will be. Only one remark : how will this sound with more hard rocking songs.
I did a A-B comparison between the High Resolution (Hi-Res)and the normal CD included for precisely such purpose. I did my test listening on the Yamaha CD S3000 SACD Player, as I do not have the MQA hardware. The Hi-Res version gives more depth and wider staging. The sound is also fuller. The stand out track is Rod Stewart's Mandolin Wind for which I also have the SHM I did my test listening on the Yamaha CD S3000 SACD Player, as I do not have the MQA hardware. While it is unfair to compare the Hi Res version to the SHM SACD which is by far the best version, it highlights the potential role of the Hi Res version to fill the void between Blue Book CD and SACD. I can see this as the challenge for the Hi Res format in MQA since not many people have or likely to buy the gadget that plays MQA format. Perhaps, the sound is even better when played back in MQA. If the SACD format experience is any guide, it would require something special for the MQA format in the physical medium to take off. Eric , Sydney Australia
What can I say ? Not the best trak selections for a demo disc,plus the mastering is from DSD transfers which have to be converted back to PCM for cd! A loss in sound,yet this new format that I have not tried in High-Res,still works as a super kind of MP3,yes some information is missing!The UHQCD format is good and would have sounded better if the masters were from PCM,Which suits the new format better and 192/24pcm is better than dsd.I compared one trak to my shm version which has same mastering and it sounds better!!!these traks sound warmer and lacking detail.I can not comment on the hi-res,but I wont be rushing to sell my Naim CD5Si!when some blu-spec and shm cds sound as good as HD downloads!at least cd is being taken to the maximum with these enhancements without missing data,unlike this new format which removes data and will be why the the sound when played on a standard cd player is not as good as shm of same album/mastering.
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