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View Poll Results: Which do you prefer
I prefer sample A 1 12.50%
I prefer sample B 0 0%
I prefer comparison plus sample A 0 0%
I prefer comparison plus sample B 1 12.50%
I prefer A and do not like comparison 2 25.00%
I prefer B and do not like comparison 1 12.50%
I can not differentiate A or B but I prefer comparison 3 37.50%
I can not differentiate A or B but I do not like comparison 0 0%
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Old 23rd November 2014, 01:20 PM   #1
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Default Based on listening, which do you prefer ?

This a really quick listening test primarily of two files together with a third file (different artist) where I would like you to later judge and compare the recording quality with either of the first two samples. A poll is attached to the thread where you can vote. You can do just this first part if you wish.

All the files are 10mb in size and are WAV lossless. Sample A and Sample B are very different but can you tell ? Do you have a preference for any one of the two ?

Having made a choice, write it down for future reference and then listen to the third file called "comparison". Although totally different (same music but different artist and recording), this is simply to see whether you like the recording quality of this file better or worse than the main file samples. Which recording would you prefer to buy and listen too ?

All choices are covered in the poll. If you just listened to A or B then vote accordingly.

If you listened to all three and (for example) thought A was better than B but you actually would buy the "comparison" file by choice then vote "I prefer comparison plus sample A" or if you liked B and did not like the comparison then vote "I prefer B and don't like comparison"

It would be good to hear your comments on the different recording styles of A or B vs the comparison

Here are the three files,

Sample A

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Old 23rd November 2014, 03:00 PM   #2
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Ok, I just burned a CD , and took a listen from the kitchen and the sun room (that's 50 cents and three minutes I'll never get back ).

Recordings A and B drive me out of the main room, somehow I don't like the recordings.
Recording B is relatively more tolerable because it sounds like Muzak in comparison to A...less detail, MP3 ??.

The Comparison track is altogether different....a more lively/gay performance.
Closer miked and cleaner sounding, but also lacking detail.
In this case I don't like the performance....too many flourishes/BS.

ABC in that order.

Dan.

Footnote: C is much higher level so destroys the comparison unless level matched to A & B.
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Old 23rd November 2014, 03:15 PM   #3
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Recording level get higher, increasing from A to C.
A & B seems to be recorded in a box, reduced soundstage, however B is prefered
More dynamics in B vs A.
C sounds best to me. But all 3 records samples are bandwith limited...

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Old 23rd November 2014, 03:49 PM   #4
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B sounds somewhat softer than A. Both A and B have a slight cuppyness or colouration to them that I dislike.

C offers a completely different presentation.

I prefer A/B over C. And B over A.
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Old 23rd November 2014, 04:03 PM   #5
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^ what he said, couldn't have said it better myself. There is something about A i just dont like as though there is a distortion in there?
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I see a lot of comments, but only one person so far completed the poll which is the whole point of this exercise. I've not listened at this point. Come on guys!
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Old 23rd November 2014, 05:26 PM   #7
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This is absolutely great There is a real mix of comments and views in just these few replies alone.

Can I suggest you try these on main speakers as well as the cans.

And as kevinkr says... please do vote when you have given them a good listen.
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Old 23rd November 2014, 05:35 PM   #8
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Karl, thanks for the new test!
The Comparison file is too loud, it is a shock to listen to it after A or B. If you do not mind, I have reduced its volume by -4.6dB, so it is similarly loud as A and B now. The link:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/dktjiko9op...on_pm.wav?dl=0

I am missing one option - I prefer comparison and do not like A and B
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Old 23rd November 2014, 06:03 PM   #9
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Hi Pavel, and thanks

I know level changes do throw results, but these are absolutely as you would get if bought. No manipulation.

Could you detect a difference between A and B ? or no preference ? I wouldn't be surprised if you have these recordings already.
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I have downloaded all of your 3 files, Karl. Comparing A and B, I have no preferences. In classical music, I ask for adequate technical quality. A and B both sound to me like historical recordings, or cassette player or similar degradation. I know that Arthur Rubinstein was a great pianist but I have troubles to listen to his recordings today, e.g. Gould and Gulda are excellent as well, though their recordings still suffer from low technical quality. Maurizio Pollini's recordings are perfect, but his interpretation is a bit on a cold side.
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