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It's all about the music, dude! Sit down, relax and listen to some tunes.

I'm often disappointed by live recordings for just that reason

It seems that many engineers are so afraid of getting ANY kind of audience noise into the mix at all that they go for the "forest of highly directional microphones" approach, which cuts out everything not directly in front of them. Again, this is not a problem with digital per se IMHO. That Strauss DVD-Audio which I posted about elsewhere in this thread is a beautiful corrective to this over-controlled approach to live recording.

I don't understand why noises from vinyl playback would satisfying one's craving for the natural ambiance of a concert - after all, they're not even the same kind of noises. We need candy-wrapper, cough, and cell phone random noise generators to REALLY get the proper ambiance of a concert! As I mentioned in another post, this a part of "the absolute sound" I could do without! ;-)

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