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musicmemorabiliashoppellc

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I've really cooled on this one. Over-priced, poorly designed, sub-par ATMOS mix.
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Great review think I'll put mine up on eBay soon......Never even opened mine.....Did you by any chance get the 4 LP set? If so any comments? Also watched the Top 15 very cool people....somehow I missed getting involved in that....hopefully next time (y)
 

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I've gone back and forth, but I ultimately went with a 7. I love this album so much, and in a lot of ways, I think this box is a failure, but there are enough strengths to push it into that higher range. I might give it a 6 on one day, an 8 on another, so let's stick with 7 for now.

I do not have Atmos capability, so I'm ticked off that they did not include a separate 5.1 option, as promised. The mix, as many have said, is inconsistent, but it actually is pretty active in the rear speakers. Love the horns blasting in on "Heartbreaker", though I feel as if they tried to put too much information in the rear speakers on that tune, making it all a bit jumbled. "Mr. D" is a travesty. The rest of the mixes are good to great, with "Coming Down Again" being the highlight. I think the videos are a cool extra and I'm really glad they mixed the bonus tracks in surround, but it really surprises me they didn't throw the original album mix on the BD.

Bonus disc and Brussels Affair, in many ways, save this package. I would have loved more material packed onto the bonus disc (there's so much more they could have included), but I've actually enjoyed listening to it nonetheless. Brussels can't be beat and I'm so glad to finally have an official version on CD. New mix of the album also is interesting and different enough to provide a compelling listen that I certainly will return to.

Packaging is a mess, esp. since my copy arrived with the corners all smashed, courtesy of the fine folks at uDiscover. It would be nice to read the book sometime, but I'm afraid that the whole box is going to tear in half because the frickin thing is glued in. To borrow the title of one of the Stones' most unnecessary releases, "Grrr!"
 

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A little disappointing that this is the first properly available surround mix of a stones album and it's not one of their best.
The mix is tame imho but I guess it's the stones so not much to spread.
I would have preferred either a lock 5.1 or dts-ma dedicated 5.1 as well.
Also why was the album not presented in original stereo on the blu ray also I'm sure they could have added the audio for Brussels in hi rez on the disc.
Very expensive set which is probably swinging my vote down as well. Effectively £25 per disc. Looking at the King Crimson 1969 set we are talking closer to £5 per disc.anything more that £10 per disc really needs to be better than what we have here.
 

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After some time has passed........my main issue with the set was not including the quad mix of Brussels on the BD, though I don't recall if that had anything to do with master tapes being unavailable. The (unauthorized) DVD-A I have isn't clear on what the source is, but the mix is incredible, so it's a shame it couldn't be included.

The set is also a bit overpriced - I think the $80 range would have been fair.

All that said, I have spun the surround mix multiple times and find that I still enjoy it a lot. It's still a fun, yet slightly unadventurous mix. (note that I don't have Atmos height speakers yet and am hearing it in 5.1) Hopefully whomever does the next RS surround release takes note of the misses from this set so as not to repeat them for the next one.
 

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Yes, this one's a mixed bag! To have it so overpriced and then arrive banged up...well, it has lots of company on my shelf full of banged-up box sets!

I am basing my rating listening to it on a 5.1 setup. Yes, the mix quality is uneven. And the songs are uneven. But I compare this with the original vinyl at the time it was released, which always sounded muddy to me in a way that I didn't like, and I love how some of the songs have opened up. Piano really brought forward in a good way on some of the tracks.

To each his own...I turn my display off rather than look at the nasty goat soup! Going with a 7 overall...but I am really glad to have it for the good songs!
 

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I gave it a "6". The sound is so-so but the Stones aren't renowned for hi-fi product at this stage of their career so I wasn't expecting to be blown away. My main problem is with the packaging which seems to have been designed to justify a high price rather than a reasonable presentation for the product. The four discs could easily have been presented on a single page within the book (as used by numerous other sets) and saved all the extra packaging which effectively makes the whole thing twice the size that it needs to be. I'm quite happy to live without the rolled-up posters and recipe but they could still have been included in the set having been re-sized or folded. I guess it comes down to a choice that was made to charge around £100 for the current version against £60 for a more concise version. Mick, Keith and co. must be feeling the financial pinch at the moment.
 

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I have given it a 3. Solely for the Blu-ray disc.

In the first place it doesn't contain the advertised DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1.

In the second place I tried listening to it after listening to surround music by several other artists. It was embarrassingly bad. I couldn't make it through a single track without cringing. The eq is horrible. The blurry ambience is overpowering. None of the mixes have anything going for them.

Seriously overpriced junk.
 

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DTS-HD has better fidelity, clarity and punch. It's NOT a subtle difference. Atmos sound "smeared" compared to the DTS-HD. GHS Atmos sounds smeared in the same way.
Does the Atmos become smeared when it is down mixed to 5.1, or is Atmos 7.1 smeared sounding to you in general with these mentioned releases?
 

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September has been a really good month for my purchases (both multi-channel and stereo). Pineapple Thief, Richard and Linda Thompson, Suzanne Vega, Doobie Brothers, the Rolling Stones (Steel Wheels), Steve Hackett and Fish all produced excellent albums and/or sets. Unfortunately this set stands out for its poor packaging and sound and over-inflated price. Some you win....
 

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Does the Atmos become smeared when it is down mixed to 5.1, or is Atmos 7.1 smeared sounding to you in general with these mentioned releases?
I don't have this Stones package, but I do have Abbey Road. I did not notice any smearing when I played the Atmos layer of the latter downmixed to 5.1 via an Oppo 205. I did feel that it sounded just a itsy-bitsy-tad smoother than the DTS MA layer, but it really was splitting hairs.

I also didn't detect any obvious differences in the mix between the DTS MA and the Atmos downmix...I'm not saying there aren't any, but I'll leave that exercise to someone else who may have more interest.
 

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I don't have this Stones package, but I do have Abbey Road. I did not notice any smearing when I played the Atmos layer of the latter downmixed to 5.1 via an Oppo 205. I did feel that it sounded just a itsy-bitsy-tad smoother than the DTS MA layer, but it really was splitting hairs.

I also didn't detect any obvious differences in the mix between the DTS MA and the Atmos downmix...I'm not saying there aren't any, but I'll leave that exercise to someone else who may have more interest.
Oh you have some Stones alright...I mean c'mon..."itsy-bitsy and tad"...I have never seen those used together....it takes some nerve to pull that off...that's from WAY BACK in the time machine...that's old school my friend;)
 

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Oh you have some Stones alright...I mean c'mon..."itsy-bitsy and tad"...I have never seen those used together....it takes some nerve to pull that off...that's from WAY BACK in the time machine...that's old school my friend;)
I'm sorry. I misspoke. What I meant to say was itsy-bitsy-teenie-weenie...

 

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I am going with an "8" (or as I like to refer to it a Bullwinkle) I am also going to go the lazy route by way of explanation as DennisMabry' post #26 could have been my post, minus the wife the analog outs and I have a Pany Blu-ray not an OPPO other than that his assessment of GHS pretty much mirrors mine. But I will add that the more I listen to it (about a half dozen times so far and I have gotten used to what it is as opposed to what I want it to be I am enjoying it more (the album has been with me since the original release day, always a fave) even Mr. D is sounding better to me it does seem more 5.1 lite than 7.1 on my 7.1 ATMOS system the rest sounds pretty good to me on my setup, go figure ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) Hopefully I will be adding some height speakers come Christmas (y)and see where that takes it (greater heights hopefully ;))
 
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My experience through LISTENING to John Lennon's Gimme Some Truth is that Dolby Atmos is NOT compatible with 5.1.

I would suggest therefore, that it isn't possible for people with 5.1 capability only to hear the surround mix of this album as intended.
 

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I voted 7. Catching up on my ATMOS releases, including this.
I listened at 50db, wanted to go higher but too harsh. I am a very high voter almost always voting 10 on surrounds.
Listened to full ATMOS 5.1.4.
The fidelity is so harsh, upper mid range and treble, my ears no like.
Surround/discrete, maybe a little, nothing great. ATMOS heights, uh ambient at best.
The box I hate, small posters, glued book to box, c'mon man, this is not that hard.
I will not listen to this again. I will take my Japanese SHM SACD over this any day of the week.
I of course am slamming this and I ask myself why? Mainly because I think they could have done way better.
How does one improve, by making better from there mistakes. Rolling Stones, try again.
 

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⬆ This right here is what makes the cost of this set disgusting at $125+ ⬆

(P.S. plus the falsely advertised DTS-HA MA 5.1 which is nowhere to be found on this set)
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uDiscover Music assures me that they are checking in to the missing 5.1 mix.
I piled on that ticket the missing low-end for the Atmos mix and they likewise claim they're checking in to it...
This is in response to a refund inquiry.
 
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