Another of my fave albums,an through all the formats(LP,CD,Remastered CD,and recently remastered 192k/24b 'HD Tracks' Wav File) since it first took its place in my collection this is by far the most natural sounding version period!...the recent version from HD Tracks is also very good, however being EQ'd a bit in the upper range and non MQA it sounds a little 'aggressive' compared to the MQA UHQCD...and as stated previously in the reviews this less bright sound can be viewed as a little 'flat or muddy' but it is not,its just an accurate representation of the original master tape without the often found 'smiley face' EQ and yes it does vary a bit from track to track,again as already stated ,this is true to the original tape. Some will prefer the more EQ'd versions of albums, however I agree with the MQA designers and Universal Japan that the product we purchase should be as close as possible to what the studio master tape sounded like...I am a musician and lifelong avid music fan and I was always aware of the loss between what I heard in the recording sessions and the final product, now that gap has been almost closed...yes it will depend on your sound system(I use the Oppo 205 with linear power supply mod straight into a pair of Adam S3H powered studio monitors,very high resolution)and your 'ears' but believe me after years of hearing recordings not sounding like the original its so pleasing to finally hear what we have been missing,tight focused bass,natural sounding mids and highs,wide open sound stage no matter how 'busy' the mix..Go MQA!!
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461オーシャン・ブールヴァード [MQA/UHQCD] [生産限定盤] / エリック・クラプトン
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This is by far the best version of this title around - even better than the old MFSL gold CD. What we have here is a direct transfer of the original analog master tape, using latest technology. What the other reviewer calls partly "muffled" - thats simply in the recording itself. Do not miss this out and enjoy!
After purchasing 2 titles that were outstanding , this title was a little bit of a letdown. The sound is a little " muddy" on certain songs where other songs sounded "fresher". Don't know why this cd is this way but overall 3 stars is my rating.
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