Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms (Vinyl japanese, remastered, Mofi, Abbey Road Studio, CD, SACD, Streaming)

Ed7 : Vinyl Universal Music Abbey Road Studio ‎– ref ARHSDLP004 remastered in 2021

Presentation

Universal Music will reissue half-speed mastered double vinyls pressings at 45 rmp remastered at Abbey Road Studio by Miles Showell.

LabelUniversal Music Compagny
Reference ARHSDLP004
Format (speed)Double vinyls
Type45 rpm Limited Edition Half-Speed Master
MasterDigital 88.2 kHz
Mastering/PressingMastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, Half-Speed Mastered
Original recordingDigital
StateUS
Year original1985
Year production2020
Waveform

We find here all the dynamics of the signal remastered by Abbey Road Studio, with a raised treble level as we will see on the spectrum.

Waveform Ed7 Vinyl Abbey Road
Waveform Ed7 Face A Vinyl Abbey Road
Spectrum

The interesting features on this curve are the following:

  • The accuracy of the digital here clearly shows the maximum frequency of the original master. Nothing above 20 kHz (Yellow), the original master is in 44.1 kHz.
  • Bellow 10 kHz, the curve in blue (Vinyl MOFi Ed3) is a few dB higher than the Abbey Road Studio vinyl (White).
  • The level between 40 and 60 Hz ( for Ed7 in white) is lower here than the Ed3 vinyl MOFI vinyl version (Blue), which will give a slightly lower bass support.
  • Otherwise, the curves are very similar.
Spectrum Ed3 Vinyl Mofi (blue) vs Ed7 VInyl Abbey Road (White)
Spectrogram

Spectrogram is another representation of frequency versus time of a track. For each channel (right and left), horizontal axis represents time, and the vertical axis represents frequency. The amplitude is represented by the intensity (brightness) of the color of each point in the image.

The spectrogram, as for the spectrum (in Yellow), reveals the limit at 22 kHz due to the digital recording.

Spectrogram Ed7 Face A Vinyl Abbey Road
Surface Noise

Above 1 kHz, the noise level is very low, with an advantage to the Abbey Road Studio version.
Below 1 kHz, the situation is reversed and it is the MOFI release that has a lower surface noise than the Abbey Road release.
The pressing quality is therefore a bit better on the MOFI version which is also a more expensive edition than the Abbey Road version.

Surface Noise Ed3 Vinyl Mofi (blue) vs Ed7 VInyl Abbey Road (White)
Ed8 : Streaming HD Album, Stereo, 16bit 44.1kHz, 1985

Presentation

Streaming release
LabelVertigo
ReferenceAmazon Music HD 16/44.1
Format (speed)HD Streaming 16/44.1
Type HD Streaming
MasterDigital 16/44.1kHz
Mastering/PressingStreaming HD
Original recordingDigital
StateUS
Year original1985
Year production1985
Waveform

The graph clearly shows the differences in levels and thus in dynamics for this track. You can clearly see the differences in volume and musical instruments impact. No compression like the Ed6.

Waveform Ed8 Streaming
Waveform Ed8 Streaming eq Face A
Spectrum

The interesting features on this curve are the following:

  • The accuracy of the digital here clearly shows the maximum frequency of the original master. Nothing above 20 kHz , the original master is in 44.1 kHz.
  • The two curves are similar but with a small difference above 3 KHz.
Spectrum Ed8 Streaming (White) vs Ed4 SACD MOFI (Blue)

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