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[ARSCLIST] "Record Club" CD's redux

We briefly discussed this topic a while back, whether Yourmusic.com (BMG club) CD's are 100% the same as off-the-shelf original-label. Bob Katz, in my estimation, is not an audiophool nor a moron, so his analysis counts for something:

The jitter issue raises a couple of questions:

1. would this trigger more error-correction in the playback system and hence the perceived "different" sound qualities?

2. if one grabbed the same cut from the BMG and original-issue CD's with Exact Audio Copy, assuming EAC reported about the same quality percent from the grabs, would you have identical-sounding files on your hard drive?

For what it's worth, my observation about some BMG-club CD's is that the discs seem to be flimsy, especially compared to original-issue Polygram from the early and mid 1990's. I wonder if they are chinsy enough to trigger playback error-correction? That said, in my playback system, I can't tell any sound difference between BMG-club and store-bought of a few Blue Note jazz reissues I recently compared. I borrowed BMG-club of a few Mercurys and will compare when they arrive.

-- Tom Fine

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