The Dave Brubeck Quartet – TIME OUT (Vinyl Sony, AP, SACD, CD, BNF Vinyl, mono, stereo)

Notation/Rating/Samples:

Ed1 : Vinyl Sony “Jazz Analog Legendary Collection”ref  SIJP 1022 (1959 remastered in 2020)

Vinyl is a nice pressing, the sound is dynamic with low surface noise.Remastering is very clean.

  • Ratting :
    • Dynamic: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Spectrum: ●●●●● (4/5)
    • Surface noise: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●●o (4/5)
Sample Time Out Ed1 (24/88)
Ed2 : Vinyl  Analogue Productions ref  APJ 8192-45  (1959 remastered in 2012)

Vinyl is a very nice pressing, the sound is dynamic with very low surface noise (thank you double vinyl in 45 rpm). The engraving level is 6.5 db higher than Sony vinyl.

The sound is very clean, very clear in the good sense of the word.

The sound rendering is very precise in the high frequencies, with a more open and spatial sound than the Sony Ed1 vinyl.

It’s a very nice vinyl mastered in analog, thanks also original recording is very good.

  • Rating :
    • Dynamic: ●●●●● (5/5)
    • Spectrum: ●●●●● (5/5)
    • Surface noise: ●●●●● (5/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●●● (5/5)
Sample Time Out Ed2 (24/88)
Ed3 : SACD Analogue Productions ref  CAPJ 8192 SA  (1959 remastered in 2012)

Second edition of analogue production, here in SACD format.

Mastering is different from vinyl, there is a little less treble, but with a very good dynamic in the bass.

The result is excellent, but with a little less reaching the openness and clarity of vinyl, but with little more precision.

  • Rating:
    • Dynamic: ●●●●● (4.5/5)
    • Spectrum: ●●●●● (5/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●●● (5/5)
Sample Time Out Ed3 (24/88)
Ed4 : SACD SME Records ref  SRGS 4535  (1959 , DSD remastered in 2000) 

We find the quality of the original recording, but less dynamic and precise than the SACD AP. It is very similar to ED5 CD recording

  • Rating:
    • Dynamic: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Spectrum: ●●●oo (3/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●●o (3.5/5)
Sample Time Out Ed4 (24/88)
Ed5 : CD Columbia ref  CK 65122 (remastered in 1997) 

We find the quality of the original recording, but less dynamic and precise than the Ed6 CD Collection.

  • Rating:
    • Dynamic: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Spectrum: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●●o (3.5/5)
Sample Time Out Ed5 (16/44.1)
Ed6 : CD “The Columbia Studio Albums Collection 1955-1966” ref  88697938812  (remastered in 2012) 

This remastered version is superb, it is a very good CD with the dynamics and details of the recording..

  • Rating:
    • Dynamic: ●●●●● (5/5)
    • Spectrum: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●●o (4.5/5)
Sample Time Out Ed6 (16/44.1)
Ed7 : Hi-Res digital files 24/96 from Stereo Vinyl (1961) – BNF Collection 2013 1961 – BNF Collection 2013 

The work of the BNF aims to preserve the original recordings. Here no remastering, no work on the sound. The objective is to reproduce most truthfully possible the original vinyl.

The rendering is dynamic, with highs present, but certainly a little too present (between 3.5 and 6 kHz) compared to other remastered editions, but it’s very clean. We find the quality of the recording made more than 60 years ago!

  • Rating :
    • Dynamic: ●●●●o (4.5/5)
    • Spectrum: ●●●●● (5/5)
    • Surface noise: ●●●● o (4.5/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●●o (4/5)
Sample Time Out Ed7 (24/96)
Ed8 : Hi-Res digital files 24/96 from Mono Vinyl (1960) – BNF Collection 2013 1960 – BNF Collection 2013

Here is the original recording in mono from the BNF.

At measurements, the Spectrum is limited in the high frequencies compared to the stereo version of the BNF, which changes the sound balance a little.

But, the rendering is surprising. Even if it is in mono, and does not divide the instruments between the right and left channels. There is an impression of volume and space in the recording. To listen at least once.

  • Rating :
    • Dynamic: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Spectrum: ●●ooo (2.5/5)
    • Surface noise: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●oo (3.0/5)
Sample Time Out Ed8 (24/96)

*The level has been adjusted to have the same RMS level for an easier comparison.

The choice between the 8 editions is a question of preference with regard to target.If you want a pure analog product, the vinyl Analogue Production is for you, the restitution is precise and dynamic, with very low surface noise.

For reproduction from a digital source, the Analogue Production SACD is for me the best choice followed by the CD collection.

A special mention for the original recording, not remastered, available at the BNF. It is certainly the most realistic recording of the original sound (1960).

Detail of the ratings :

  • Dynamic :
    1. Significant dynamic compression, DR less than 7
    2. Compression of the present dynamics, DR between 7 and 9.
    3. Correct piece DR >=10
    4. No dynamic compression (DR >12), dynamic rendering
    5. No dynamic compression, high DR and very dynamic sound rendering
  • Spectrum :
    1. Spectrum cut and less than 15 khz
    2. Spectrum cut at 15 khz
    3. Spectrum not conforming to the original and cut (not HD) or original but limited bandwidth (but less than 20 kHz)
    4. Spectrum conforming to the original (but not HD)
    5. Spectrum conforming to the original with HD resolution (higher than 24kHz)
  • Surface noise (only for vinyl):
    1. Continuous audible noise
    2. Audible surface noise except on passages with a high level of noise
    3. Reduced surface noise, barely audible on low level crossings
    4. Low surface noise, very good quality
    5. Very low surface noise, no defects, almost inaudible on the quiet passages (exceptional disc)
  • Restitution :
    1. Low quality of the restitution mixing dynamics, clarity, separation of voices and instruments.
    2. Average quality of the restitution mixing dynamics, clarity, separation of voices and instruments.
    3. Quality of the restitution mixing dynamics, clarity, separation of voices and instruments. Good record.
    4. High quality of the restitution mixing dynamics, clarity, separation of voices and instruments. Very high level disc.
    5. Maximum quality of the restitution mixing dynamics, clarity, separation of voices and instruments. Exceptional disc.

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