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RE: Any comments about her voice in the various mixes? (NT)

I dusted off the Atlona de-embedder so i could hear the 24/192 LPCM layer through my Meitner MA-1. This is the layer, IMO, that is worth the $19. The timbres/colors are just that much better. Everything decays more naturally, into blackness, and the depth of soundstage is even a few degrees clearer than the redbook or DSD versions.

Patricia's voice can get congested or a bit chesty, due to her deep inflections. but on this remaster, her voice is perfectly rendered...deep, resonant, but clean and clear. It actually sounds slightly more isolated (i.e obviously recorded at a different time/space than the music) but nothing that calls to itself during the music per se. It's clearly not a live album, has some heavy production value in many of the songs, and her voice fits all of them well.

The percussion, as is usually the case in remasters (sometimes to a fault), improves here quite a bit..and that is saying something. This album is quite percussive to begin with, but the added sheen and sparkle, decay and tone, does not cause brightness, brittle sound or harsh listening fatigue in the slightest. On the contrary, the perfect sizzle of the different metals comes across better, along with the deeper and more sustained thwacks of the bass drum kit (most noted on tracks like Winter or Constantinople. And finally, the depth and overall warmth of the Choral Thunder Vocal Choir on the last track, Let It Rain (Vamp) is perfectly portrayed.

I look forward to ripping this 24/192 layer, as I still believe the Atlona HDMI de-embedder solution is too jitter-prone.

Edits: 07/06/12

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