CD Album Limited Edition

The Royal Scam [Hi-Res CD (MQA x UHQCD)] [Limited Release]

Steely Dan

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Release Date June 20, 2018
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Product Details

Catalog No.UICY-40200
JAN/ISBN 4988031277447
Product Type CD HQCD
Number of Discs 1
Label/DistributorUNIVERSAL MUSIC

HQCD(HiQualityCD) discs are fully compatible with standard CD players


Reissue in Hi-Res CD format (UHQCD format x MQA technology). Features the DSD master in 2018, using US original master tapes. The DSD master is available in 352.8kHz/24bit high resolution (perfect for MQA-enabled audio players). Comes with lyrics and a description. Green color label coating. Comes in a slim case packaging. *The disc can also be played on regular CD players in UHQCD 44.1kHz/16bit resolution. However, MQA-enabled hardware/software is necessary to harness the full potential of this Hi-Res CD.

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Description in Japanese

幻想の摩天楼 [MQA/UHQCD] [生産限定盤] / スティーリー・ダン

[ハイレゾCD 名盤シリーズ] MQA-CD×UHQCD=ハイレゾも聴ける高音質ディスク。これが、CDの最終進化形だ! 従来のL.A.に加え、地元ニューヨークでのセッションを敢行。ロックとフュージョンが絶妙にブレンドされた通算5作目は、ウォルター・ベッカー、デニー・ダイアス、ラリー・カールトン、エリオット・ランドールらによる個性豊かなギタープレイが際立った、ソリッドでロック色の強い作品。 (1976年発表/2018年マスター) ●米国オリジナル・アナログ・テープを基にした2018年最新DSDマスターを352.8kHz/24bitに変換して収録 (ハイレゾ未配信音源) ●解説/歌詞・対訳付 ●グリーン・カラー・レーベルコート ●スリムケース帯 ※ハイレゾCD名盤シリーズは、全てのCDプレーヤーで再生可能 (44.1kHz/16bit)な高音質CD (UHQCD)です。MQA対応機器を使用すれば、元となっているマスター通りのハイレゾ・クオリティで再生することができます。

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      Could Have Been Better 3

      The overall sound of The Royal Scam is pretty good but when you pay $25.00 or better for a cd my opinion is it should be worth the money you spend and this title is not worth it. Not that much on sound and overall quality than the Mini Lp Version and that is disappointing...

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      Should have been SACD! 1

      Listened to some, Free's Fire and Water, Steely Dan's Royal Scam. Hauled my Oppo 205 into the good listening room. Went back and forth with other CD players. Just like all the MQA things I’ve heard in studios and on other systems, the dislike was fairly immediate. MQA in my experience doesn't reward the long listens. An aural equivalent of a Instagram filter, not brighter, slightly grittier. Super colored. With Steely Dan’s Royal Scam, the music was somehow less thought-provoking... more radio-sounding, if that makes sense. It’s all there but it isn’t. How did they make Steely Dan sound cheesy? Can see fans of EDM and electronic getting into it ... it has an immediate song sell. Like how the old pan and scan worked for movies. MQA sounds like it was created by those with little interest in the soul and intent of music. Sounds great at first but quickly a musical shallowness is revealed. Like it’s all surface. Strange. Each time we preferred the non-MQA "layers" of the CDs on my Esoteric CD player and the Yamaha cs2100. Man, why didn't they just make these SHM-SACDs? The CDs already feature killer-sounding DSD transfers from the master tapes. Of course I feel cheated by MQA. What I get. MQA is not an audiophile format, it adds color, distortion and a false sense of detail.

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      Worth It? 5

      Here we go. Another proprietary playback technology. Doomed to fail? Beats me. I have the three Steely Dan releases that made it to SACD. I was eagerly waiting for more when Universal cancelled all future SACD's and DVD-A's. Bummer. I have an Oppo UDP-205 that can do the full unfolding of MQA CD's. Might as well give it a try. Guess what? It sounds very, very, very good. Inner detail that rivals SACD. Excellent micro and macro dynamics. Just very musical and listenable. I have The Royal Scam on the original vinyl and the 1999 remastered CD. I like this best. My system is pretty resolving. Krell Class A power. Marin Logan Prodigies. If this CD is typical of how they all will sound I'm a fan. Do I want to pay extra to cover their licensing fees? Of course not. But I want the best available version of all my favorite music so what are you going to do?

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