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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