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nealdave97
post Apr 2 2013, 20:43
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I am debating whether i should buy Led Zeppelin 4 on CD or the mp3 version both from Amazon. I listen to my music on an Audio Technica ATH-M30(with an ipod) and im wondering if it would sound better on the headphones with the mp3 version or the cd version that i will rip into an Apple Lossless file? The CD is a 1994 remaster.
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post Apr 2 2013, 21:12
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QUOTE (nealdave97 @ Apr 2 2013, 20:43) *
I am debating whether i should buy Led Zeppelin 4 on CD or the mp3 version both from Amazon. I listen to my music on an Audio Technica ATH-M30(with an ipod) and im wondering if it would sound better on the headphones with the mp3 version or the cd version that i will rip into an Apple Lossless file? The CD is a 1994 remaster.


I think my remastered IV is the 1994 one. It measures up to quite a bit less dynamic range than the original (which I also own), and subjective opinions about the mastering are ... mixed. (It is quite the same as the 1993 «Complete studio recordings» box, which I also own.) But allegedly the more recent remasters are even more compressed. I do not know which one is source of the Amazon mp3. The difference mp3 vs CD likely is far less audible, if at all, than the differences between masterings. (Disclaimer: I do not know whether Amazon even has a decent gapless solution.)

At equal price and same mastering and assuming you do not need it «now», I would buy & rip the CD, but I am an old fart living on memory lane (at least if 97 is your year of birth, then I am old). Actually, I would go to eBay and try to get the original pressing 2nd hand – generally speaking. 80's mastering-for-digital was not necessarily perfect, often far from so, but I think as a rule of thumb those are more often closer to the original recording than more recent victims of the loudness war.

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post Apr 2 2013, 21:21
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QUOTE (Porcus @ Apr 2 2013, 21:12) *
Disclaimer: I do not know whether Amazon even has a decent gapless solution.
Everything I have bought from Amazon has been encoded by recent versions of LAME, which store gapless information that is supported by iTunes, foobar2000, presumably Winamp, presumably the main players on Linux… all the good and/or big names, basically. FWIW, I have never noticed any introduced gaps nor heard any reports of problems from other users.
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