I am genuinely terribly sorry for adding yet another MQA thread here but I looked everywhere to see if there was an exiting thread where this could live. Mods, please feel free to move/merge if need be. I complained to myself last week at too many MQA threads on every forum and here I am
I wanted to ask a very specific question, which I have also asked on another forum.
Yes mate. It sounds a bit closer to the HiRes master to me than the early pressing CD master. In terms of DR. Which is sad to me, I was hoping for no dynamic range compression for such a classic album but I could be very wrong.
I wanted to know if someone can help with measuring for me, for interests sake.
Yes agreed mate but a DR value may (or may not) give us a hint about which master they went back to and I’m sure we’d all hope in this particular case they used a master with no dynamic range compression.
As I said, not all remasters are bad and a high DR doesn’t make an album great. I didn’t want this thread to spiral out of control about whether DR is everything or not.
Appreciate anyones help is measuring the DR for this album in particular (the MQA version on Tidal that is). Just for interests sake, nothing more. I think 1.3 will be able to measure DR which is cool. Hopefully works with Tidal too.
Given the way that MQA decodes at the final step to analog, you’d have to measure the actual analog out to get the DR version from an MQA file. I don’t think you can get a true reading on the intermediate PCM/FLAC stream.
I have I believe every CD mastering of “Rumours.” There is no 1977 CD – because CD was not a commercial format until the next decade. But several different Japanese, German, and American masterings do exist with different dynamic range measurements, respectively. When I return home, I will elaborate with examples from my library.
I may be confusing “Rumours” with “Tusk,” but the latter had a flat, high dynamic range, high res transfer on HDtracks in 2011. That transfer, though, is no longer available, has been replaced with a more recent, less dynamic remaster. The same may hold for “Rumours.”
After six months of searching used CD stores, I serendipitously acquired this mastering as the Sanyo pressed Columbia House version just last week. My jaw dropped when I opened the jewel case and saw the Sanyo imprint.
Interesting. I do not know that much about DR, but just recently compared the Songbird track on the Rumours album between vinyl, Tidal standard and Tidal Master.
Vinyl sounds great, standard CD (no idea what version is on Tidal) sounded more detailed, controlled, but also more clinical. Tidal Master combined the best of the two, integrating lots of detail sounding more refined and restoring the atmosphere of vinyl. More refined after all. The piano in the track suddenly seemd to be of a much better make
System: Thorens T160/SME arm/Ortofon 2M Black/Devialet 220 Pro/Sonics Allegra
Roon on home built htps both server and bridge, into the Devialet over USB.
You may have to do it yourself. Capturing the Tidal stream is not all that difficult, apparently, and can be done losslessly. Then, run the captured audio through the DR meter. Additionally, the MQA encoding is preserved, so you even could play back the local audio with MQA partial unfolding in Roon 1.3.
Of course, consider all of the above only for personal, educational use, not for piracy.