Ed Sheeran – + (Vinyl, CD, Streaming)

Review

Ed1 : Vinyl label ASYLUM ref : 5052498774906 , 2011
Presentation
LabelASYLUM
Reference5052498774906
Format (speed)Vinyl 12” (33.33 rpm)
TypeAlbum
MasterDigital
Mastering/PressingPressed by Optimal Media Production
Original recordingDigital
StateEurope
Year original2011
Year production2011
Waveform

This edition of the vinyl is dynamic. The waveform confirm the value of DR12

Waveform Ed1 Vinyl, one track

To compare with the Ed2 (CD), the signal of the Side A.

Waveform Ed1 Vinyl Side A

Spectrum

The Spectrum allows to check the tonal balance of the music (balance between low, medium and high sounds) and to detect treatments that may have been carried out during the recording, during the mixing, mastering or media manufacturing process. With this measurement, it is also possible to detect frequency interference problems.

 The spectrum represents the average frequency distribution over the second title. The interesting features on this curve are the following:

  1. The high frequency cuts at 20kHz (yellow) which is the maximum frequency of the digital master.
  2. The treble level above 10kHz (Green) is higher than on the Ed2, this confirms what we saw on the signal representation, and results in a higher DR.
Spectrum Ed1 Vinyl

Ed2 : CD Deluxe ASYLUM ref : 5052498646555, 2011
Presentation
LabelASYLUM
Reference5052498646555
Format (speed)CD
TypeAlbum CD Deluxe
MasterDigital 16/44.1
Mastering/PressingDigital
Original recordingDigital
StateEurope
Year original2011
Year production2011
Waveform

The mastering of the cd is different from the vinyl. with a DR10, the mastering uses compression to give more level. In the graph below, the sound level is higher than in the vinyl edition. There is a decrease in details

Waveform Ed2 CD one track

 To get a better idea of the impact of the compression that increases the overall level, here is the signal of the songs on the CD (the same tracks as the A side of the vinyl).You can clearly see that the level is high. And that certain peaks present on the vinyl are erased.

Waveform Ed2 CD Side A equivalent

Spectrum

 The curve represents the average frequency distribution over the second title. The interesting features on this curve are the following:

  1. Like all editions, the high frequency cuts to 20kHz (Yellow) which is the maximum frequency of the digital master.
  2. The treble level above 10 kHz (Green) is decreasing. This results in a lower dynamic range than the Vinyl release (Ed1). The trebles are less precise, less detailed when listening.
Spectrum Ed2 CD

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