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Old 21st July 2007, 02:25 AM   #1
zacster is offline zacster  United States
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I'm listening to an early DMP CD, Joe Beck Friends, catalog CD-446, at the moment. This is a very early CD, maybe from year 2 of CD. I have a few of the others that are even earlier, I think this is their 4th release.

The DMP disks were heralded as state of the art, and always used in demos at the local shops at the time. They were held up as examples of what will be possible with CD, lower distortion, complete lack of surface noise, higher dynamic range, all the usual claims from the time.

Listening to it today it just sounds AWFUL. There is no soundstage, it is extremely grainy, screechy in the highs, there isn't even normal stereo separation. Bass is totally lacking, and my system does not lack for bass. And no dynamic range, surprising given that DR is one of the claims made at the time. I get better sound from an ordinary current pop recording using the same setup, and a decent recording can sound really good.

As an early adapter of CD, I always had qualms about the sound, but over time I came to accept it. DVD-A sounds much better, SACD I don't have. I have heard some good CD players that can make CD sound pretty good, although I don't own one. But listening to this disk right now makes me wonder what they were all thinking, and hearing, (and smoking?) back in the early 80s. This just doesn't sound good by today's or yesterday's standards. I guess we all thought 200w solid-state amps sounded good too back then, even as the tubies were touting tubes as far superior.

And I never liked the music either, but that's a whole different matter. Time to turn it off.
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Old 21st July 2007, 09:53 AM   #2
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When I first bought a cd player I was unfortunately conned into buying some DMP cd's.

How can anyone possibly listen to this drivel for long enough to determine sound quality?

Was it Beck who had a song called "MTV makes me want to smoke crack"?

He was lucky he never heard Flim and the BB's.
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Old 23rd July 2007, 01:25 AM   #3
zacster is offline zacster  United States
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I have 2 of the Flim and the BBs CDs, also very early ones. Why I bought a second I'll never know. There is one other group that I have that isn't bad music-wise, but the SQ is the same.

But like I said, I had to turn this one off. And for both reasons, poor SQ and just crappy music.

I've never been able to listen to "cool jazz", "light jazz", "smooth jazz" or anything of that ilk. Real jazz doesn't have electronics, and sounds best through tubes.
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Old 23rd July 2007, 04:41 AM   #4
Conrad Hoffman is offline Conrad Hoffman  United States
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I've got Tunnel and Big Notes and they're not that awful. The music isn't something I'd want a regular diet of, but technically they sound ok, good bass and certainly not harsh. Compared to some recent "remastered" CD stuff I've got, they're wonderful. I've come to the realization that sound quality can't be predicted by label, artist, release date, color of the cover, or any other clue I've found.
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Old 12th June 2011, 04:34 AM   #5
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wow! i never saw this thread ...
i was just listening to "hands on" by warren bernhardt (from 1987) and thinking how nice it sounded

to each his own, i guess ...


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Old 12th June 2011, 04:07 PM   #6
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I also have both Big Notes and Tunnels in my CD-collection. Haven`t played them for a long time, but after seeing this thread, I put them in my player. I find them quite well recorded, even compared to some of my much newer CD`s. Extremely grainy? No. Lack of bass? No. Dynamics? Enough for my taste.

Interesting, how we can come to such different conclusions. Where I have to agree, is that the music isn't exactly what I would buy today; but I could say that for quite a few ot my other CD's as well.
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Old 26th February 2015, 01:21 PM   #7
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I just bought Flim and the BBīs "Trycicle" some days ago, used, but in mint condition.
I once had it in 1984 but sold it some years later because besides the opening track, the CD was boring to me.
I cannot check the booklet right now, but "Trycicle" was recorded around 1980 with a Mitsubishi / Telefunken MX-80 reel-to-reel digital recorder.
This was before the CD-standard was finally established!
The MX - 80 worked with a sampling frequency of 50kHz, this is where the grainyness of those early recordings might come from - Good sample rate converters were invented much later, thus the original tapes must have been dubbed analogically to a 44.1khz machine for CD-release.
Thus the recording must have been sampled twice.
The sound of some 44.1 recorders was regarded as bad.
When Stereophile made their review of the first CD-Player, Sony CDP-101, they altered it from a mixed one to a good review some months later, because the first Compact Discs available were not as good as later releases, but the CDP-101 was already good enough to nail differences in recording qualities:
Sony CDP-101 Compact Disc Player Follow-Up Review | Stereophile.com

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Old 26th February 2015, 02:21 PM   #8
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Edit: Telefunkenīs version of the MX-80 recorded in 48kHz
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