HiRez Poll Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon [SACD]

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Rate the SACD of Pink Floyd - DARK SIDE OF THE MOON


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mrcond

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After reading some of the bashing of the Guthrie mix of DSOTM over in the Animals threads, I had to revisit this SACD and had a full listen at good volume. The verdict for me is this is a very satisfying listen. Great sound quality, I love the low end, and quite a bit of discrete activity in the surrounds. Perhaps not as adventurous as the Parsons quad mix, but very, very good nonetheless. When I am in a certain mood, I may even say I prefer to listen to the 5.1 mix over the quad (blasphemy!). Looking at some of the poll votes for this one (12 people voted 1 or 2? Really?), frankly I don't get the hate.
 

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After reading some of the bashing of the Guthrie mix of DSOTM over in the Animals threads, I had to revisit this SACD and had a full listen at good volume. The verdict for me is this is a very satisfying listen. Great sound quality, I love the low end, and quite a bit of discrete activity in the surrounds. Perhaps not as adventurous as the Parsons quad mix, but very, very good nonetheless. When I am in a certain mood, I may even say I prefer to listen to the 5.1 mix over the quad (blasphemy!). Looking at some of the poll votes for this one (12 people voted 1 or 2? Really?), frankly I don't get the hate.
Agree. Always enjoy the 5.1.
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After reading some of the bashing of the Guthrie mix of DSOTM over in the Animals threads, I had to revisit this SACD and had a full listen at good volume. The verdict for me is this is a very satisfying listen. Great sound quality, I love the low end, and quite a bit of discrete activity in the surrounds. Perhaps not as adventurous as the Parsons quad mix, but very, very good nonetheless. When I am in a certain mood, I may even say I prefer to listen to the 5.1 mix over the quad (blasphemy!). Looking at some of the poll votes for this one (12 people voted 1 or 2? Really?), frankly I don't get the hate.
There is no question Guthrie was able to turn up the fidelity several notches.

If the quad mix never existed, I think this 5.1 mix would have fared better. But the quad mix showed what was possible and the 5.1 pales in comparison. I think that is where the low votes are coming from.

Imagine the quad mix with the Guthrie uptick in fidelity. Now we're talking.
 

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There is no question Guthrie was able to turn up the fidelity several notches.

If the quad mix never existed, I think this 5.1 mix would have fared better. But the quad mix showed what was possible and the 5.1 pales in comparison. I think that is where the low votes are coming from.

Imagine the quad mix with the Guthrie uptick in fidelity. Now we're talking.
:cool: Imagine the quad mix with the Guthrie uptick in fidelity. Keep talking.
 

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If the quad mix never existed, I think this 5.1 mix would have fared better. But the quad mix showed what was possible and the 5.1 pales in comparison. I think that is where the low votes are coming from.
Parsons summed it up perfectly way back in 2003:
“I’m not surprised that Pink Floyd rejected my quad mix of Dark Side for the SACD,” Parsons says. “I did the mix very quickly. If I’d known that the record would sell in its millions, then I would’ve insisted on having more time. There’s stuff missing from the quad mix. I just didn’t have enough tape machines in the studio to get it all in. The quad was a compromise; I have no problem admitting that fact. I did it single-handedly without automation. But the feel of that mix is pretty exciting.
It's a shame he didn't get a second shot at it, this time using a DAW and all the other benefits of modern technology.
 
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