HiRez Poll Hootie & The Blowfish - CRACKED REAR VIEW [Blu-Ray Audio (Dolby Atmos)]

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Rate the Blu-Ray of Hootie & The Blowfish - CRACKED REAR VIEW


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Please post your thoughts and comments on this 2024 reissue of Hootie & The Blowfish's 1994 album "Cracked Rear View".
The standalone Blu-Ray from WB/Rhino contains a Dolby Atmos mix of the album, as well as the 5.1 surround mix previously released issued on DVD-Audio in 2005.

The Dolby Atmos mix is also available to stream on all Dolby Atmos streaming providers:

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Pre-release thread for all shipping/ordering queries and non-poll related posts:
https://www.quadraphonicquad.com/forums/threads/new-dolby-atmos-bluray-discs-from-rhino.35755/
 
I'm giving this one a 9. I've deducted a point because the Atmos version of Hannah Jane, has an 'upmixed' sound to it except for the backing vocals. Otherwise it is a really good Atmos mix of a classic album from its time period. I'm very happy with it...other than the resulting endless earworms from these catchy tunes. ;)

Highly recommended.
 
After listening to all the Quadios that I ordered from Rhino in this last batch, I held off on Hootie until I was done with those. I wasn't sure what to expect. I have a vintage quad setup with my Oppo center channel connected to another small amp when needed - like on this one.
I put the disc in the machine and I could see right away that the multichannel indicator was on. So I let it start to play. I found it to be pleasant. Nothing overpowering like I would expect from the group. Loud and strong. Not blown away, but definitely satisfied with the mix.

Then I decided to turn the TV on and see what version I was actually hearing. It defaulted to the Atmos, so I was listening to a downmix. (I was wondering why the center channel barely had anything coming out of it. Just backing vocals.) Flipping to the 5.1 was :oops:. There was the punch I was expecting. I know it's not the "new" mix, but it was much better than the fold down.

Like the Quadio products, this was beautiful, clear and crisp. This was an album I never owned, even in stereo. I liked Hootie, but didn't love them. But realizing just how many hits they had and how talented they are after sitting down and listening to this, really changed my mind. How did I miss them when they were so popular? Maybe because it seemed like every other song on the radio was Hootie.

I any case, I gave this release a 10. Audio was beautiful and content was top notch.
 
A decidedly average surround sound mix that doesn't really enhance the material, but uses the surround sound stage enough to not quite fall into the category of "conservative" either.

I appreciate the inclusion of the older 5.1 mix on the disc. It's a terrible mix, yes, but I personally believe even bad art ought to be preserved, and if there's space on the disc, why not include it?

One big issue I had with this release, to the point where it's definitely worth complaining about, is the loudness difference between the Atmos, stereo, and 5.1 mixes. Be prepared to get your ears blasted off when swapping from the Atmos to either of the two other mixes. Not sure why they didn't just lower the completed masters of the 5.1 and stereo mixes by a few decibels before pressing them to the disc.

Giving this a 5. Decidedly ok, but there are so many better surround sound mixes out there.

(Listening in 7.1, for reference)
 
A decidedly average surround sound mix that doesn't really enhance the material, but uses the surround sound stage enough to not quite fall into the category of "conservative" either.

I appreciate the inclusion of the older 5.1 mix on the disc. It's a terrible mix, yes, but I personally believe even bad art ought to be preserved, and if there's space on the disc, why not include it?

One big issue I had with this release, to the point where it's definitely worth complaining about, is the loudness difference between the Atmos, stereo, and 5.1 mixes. Be prepared to get your ears blasted off when swapping from the Atmos to either of the two other mixes. Not sure why they didn't just lower the completed masters of the 5.1 and stereo mixes by a few decibels before pressing them to the disc.

Giving this a 5. Decidedly ok, but there are so many better surround sound mixes out there.

(Listening in 7.1, for reference)
You know, the second time I went back to this disc I didn't like it nearly as much as when I first played it. It's got that 'arena' type sound that I don't care for.
 
Brilliant album with the worst atmos mix i’ve ever heard, the 5.1 mix is immersive but with the atmos i’m having to put my ears to the speakers to hear anything, shockingly bad i’m afraid, i’m being generous giving it a 6
 
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