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Boiled Beans
post Oct 9 2008, 17:07
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Which is the best sounding version of Pet Sounds on CD?

From what I've researched, there have been many versions released.

1) 1990 mono CD
2) 1993 DCC CD (rare, difficult to get)
3) 1997 Pet Sounds Sessions Box (mono and stereo mixes)
4) 2001 mono & stereo CD (same as 1997 mix)
5) 2006 40th Anniversary (mono and new stereo mix)

So which is the best sounding version?
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AudiophileFan
post Oct 28 2010, 05:16
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I own all of the PET SOUNDS albums on CD including the new 2009 Audio Fidelity release. In my opinion, the Stereo mix in the 2001 release sounds fantastic. In 1993, Steve Hoffman remastered the album for release in the 24 KT. Gold DCC Compact Classics label. Despite the 1993 DCC Compact Classics release exposing sound quality imperfections such as distortion, Steve Hoffman would correct the problem when he remastered the album in 2009 for release in the 24 KT. Gold CD, HDCD encoded series by Audio Fidelity. In my opinion, the 2009 Audio Fidelity release contains the greatest overall sound quality in Mono. I just wished that Steve Hoffman would have included a new Stereo mix for the 2009 release. Take care.
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post Oct 29 2010, 06:36
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QUOTE (AudiophileFan @ Oct 28 2010, 05:16) *
I own all of the PET SOUNDS albums on CD including the new 2009 Audio Fidelity release. In my opinion, the Stereo mix in the 2001 release sounds fantastic. In 1993, Steve Hoffman remastered the album for release in the 24 KT. Gold DCC Compact Classics label. Despite the 1993 DCC Compact Classics release exposing sound quality imperfections such as distortion, Steve Hoffman would correct the problem when he remastered the album in 2009 for release in the 24 KT. Gold CD, HDCD encoded series by Audio Fidelity. In my opinion, the 2009 Audio Fidelity release contains the greatest overall sound quality in Mono. I just wished that Steve Hoffman would have included a new Stereo mix for the 2009 release. Take care.


I think this is slightly inaccurate - from Steve Hoffman himself (http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showpost.php?p=4109673&postcount=101) he says that in 1992 when he had the master and safety tapes he transferred them to digital and analogue tape at the same time. The digital transfer was used to make the DCC CD, and the tape transfer to make the Audio Fidelity CD. He doesn't say that anything was "corrected", they are just from different sources.
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