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    Default Re: Chicago ll: The Steven Wilson Remix

    If there are in fact four(?) stereo mixes -- original, quadio, dvd-a, and this new SW mix -- shouldn't a proper comparisons be between all of them?

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    Default Re: Chicago ll: The Steven Wilson Remix

    Quote Originally Posted by ssully View Post
    If there are in fact four(?) stereo mixes -- original, quadio, dvd-a, and this new SW mix -- shouldn't a proper comparisons be between all of them?
    I could be wrong, but I think the stereo mix on the Quadio Blu-Ray is the original stereo mix, so it would only be a comparison between three stereo mixes: original, DVDA, and SW's remix.

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    Default Re: Chicago ll: The Steven Wilson Remix

    Quote Originally Posted by rtbluray View Post
    I could be wrong, but I think the stereo mix on the Quadio Blu-Ray is the original stereo mix, so it would only be a comparison between three stereo mixes: original, DVDA, and SW's remix.
    I think you're right, the MIX is the same between the Quadio Blu-Ray Stereo and the original stereo CD.

    That being said, Quadio stereo and the original CD sound different. To my ears the Quadio stereo is warm and muscular with much better imaging. The original CD sounds "tinny" by comparison. This difference could be a combination of source, mastering, or (less likely) the high-res nature of Quadio.

    Quadio stereo is significantly better sounding to my ears than the original CD.

    The SW mix/mastering is also much better than the original CD.

    YMMV :-)

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    Default Re: Chicago ll: The Steven Wilson Remix

    I just received my copy...and yes there are several differences in quality on cd from the original columbia cd to a more brick walled Rhino....

    and then one can always play the quad mix lp in stereo ...

    Ok, so to me the most noticeable difference was "Make me Smile"...S.Wilsons mix sort of makes all other stereo versions sound like mud
    ..... after playing his version of this song I can't go back to hear the normal stereo issues.

    Now in some other spots the differences are less noticeable...I think there's some stuff on that 16 track that prevents it from turning into a "dark side of the moon" hifi standard no matter what fader you play with...there seems to be a limit on what you can do with the quality of the drum recording throughout this release..

    But the one thing I did notice was that Terry Kath's guitar sound is a whole lot better everywhere!!!

    Especially on the 25 or 6 to 4 instrumental solo section...The start of that song his guitar sound is similar to the quad mix, in that you can hear the subtle string vibrations in between his chords, that you just can't on the stereo....the new S.W. mix is more open better seperation than the other stereo versions and therefore a keeper....and as far as I'm concerened the most likely version I'll ever play of this release again...although one could still say that the most open stereo sound is still on the lp quad mix of 25 or 6 to 4 played back in stereo...but of course the quad has extra guitar bits of Teryy Kath's not meant to be mixed into the final product ...
    Last edited by ChristopherLees; 02-03-2017 at 04:13 AM.

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    Default Re: Chicago ll: The Steven Wilson Remix

    Thanks for the info. The cd sounds darn good to these tin ears. No surprise

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