|Of shadows... and hot air...|
To start, here's a video to show what the inversion-null should look like with a true 24-bit audio sample:
|16/44 CD Dynamic Range log.|
As you can see from the DR log for the CD above, the results are a bit of a mixed bag. DR11 is good! (Maybe we're getting somewhere with new releases not being so badly dynamically crushed?) But what's the deal with the peak volume of only -6.45dB? We've basically wasted 1-bit's worth of dynamic resolution which could have just been optimized with a simple normalization step! Instead of being unnecessarily loud, this CD is unnecessarily quiet! In effect, the maximum bit-depth resolution has been reduced to 15-bits; which in this case also means the 24-bit version is no better!
Sony, so does this Bob Dylan album deserve to be called "Every bit a master."? I think it would be precious if we start seeing this album cover on one of those ads promoting HRA instead of Bennett/Ga Ga! :-)
BTW: On a positive note, as an avid 80's music guy, I like looking out for compilations of stuff I might have missed... Recently I took a chance on the Blank & Jones' "So80s Presents Alphaville" 2 CD set since it had some mixes I had not heard/seen before... WOW! I was impressed. Sounds great and the dynamics were excellent (DR11 both disks). Considering I had been disappointed by previous Blank & Jones compilations, I was pleased by the significant improvement! Keep up the good work, guys...