Things have changed..... CDs, bought from stores, are now just mp3's or even worse, WMAs, burnt onto a masterdisc and then mass pressed. especially the track 13 on the blow example has the noticeable ringing tinging mechanical WMA sound and it quite horrible., the other tracks just sound very flat. All Except the track 9 on R&B are quite unlistenable on any surround sound setup.
Two examples of recent come to mind.....
R&B Vol III
Track 09 (mp3 but the quality is very good 192KBPS+) *** UPDATE***
Track 13 (WMA, terrible quality, mybe 96Kbps?) and 14 (mp3 128 or 160 KBPS)
Mastered by Arch Hill Recordings, luckily they were the only 3 songs which are "intenet" audio, the rest are compressed, but in a different way (98DB) (and most sound rather distored)
Mario - Let me love you
track 2. (mp3)
if anyone wants to hear audible proof I can load the songs of for all to listen to.
I am sold on the concept of Limewire and Soulseek now. I can download high quality, restriction free audio, i'd pay for the same thing but now i Can't,
maybe i should mail the artists a cheque directly? hmmm...
LISTEN TO THE HORROR BELOW...
These were made using the L-R= fake surround. so basically only shows the variations beween the basic mono signal, where most compressed music falls over.
Note these ARE now mp3's but they are only mono and coded at 160Kbps so are practically transparent.
Jamelia Track13, the worst one of the lot.
camron Track14, the so so MP3 one., the worst one of the lot.
EVE, who's that girl, this is the control on the test, how it should REALLY sound.