Jean-Michel Jarre – AMAZÔNIA Review

Notation/Rating/Samples:

Ed1 : Vinyl Columbia ref 19439845051- 2021.

The vinyl offers a very nice version with a very large sound image that immerses us in the atmosphere. There is a little less bass than in the CD and Streaming versions, which enhances the atmosphere.

  • Rating:
    • Dynamic: ●●●●● (5/5)
    • Bandwidth: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Surface noise: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●●o (4/5)
  • Sample “Part 5”, 24 bits 88.2 kHz:
Sample Ed1 Vinyl
Ed2 : CD Columbia ref 194398582320 – 2021.

The CD with its compression does not have the same atmosphere as the vinyl or the CD. It produces a more present bass, but it does not accomplish the objective of immersion in the Amazon as well as the other versions.

  • Rating:
    • Dynamic:  ●●ooo (2.5/5)
    • Bandwidth: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●oo (3/5)
  • Sample “Part 5”, 16 bits 44.1 kHz:
Sample Ed2 CD
 Ed3 : Digital File Binaural – 2021

The Binaural version is to be listened to exclusively with headphones. It allows to recreate a very large atmosphere of the music. It is the version to prefer for an immersive listening*.

  • Rating:
    • Dynamic: ●●ooo (2.5/5)
    • Bandwidth: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●●o (4/5)*
  • Sample “Part 5”, 24 bits 48 kHz, Binaural Audio – Headphones only:
Sample Ed3 Digital File Binaural
Ed4 : Digital File 5.1 – 2021

This 5.1 version is the reference version for this album which was designed to immerse us in the music and atmosphere of Amazonia. It is the best version to reproduce a total immersion on your listening system.

  • Rating:
    • Dynamic: ●●●oo (3/5)
    • Bandwidth: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●●o (4.5/5)
  • Sample “Part 5”, 5.1, 24 bits 48 kHz (order L,R,C,LFE,Ls,Rs):

The sample is in 5.1 wav format, if you can not play the sample in your navigator, you can save it, right button menu and “Save Audio As…” and play it with an external player.

Sample Ed4 Digital File 5.1
Ed5 : Streaming Ultra HD – 2021

Once again, the streaming version is better than the CD version. With more dynamics, the atmosphere is better reproduced with a wider sound stage. To be preferred in listening to the CD version.

  • Rating:
    • Dynamic: ●●●●● (5/5)
    • Bandwidth: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●●o (4/5)
  • Sample “Part 5”, 24 bits 48 kHz:
Sample Ed5 Streaming

This album is a real experiment, with the will to create an atmosphere in 3 dimensions. The best restitution is therefore the 5.1 release which immerses you in the music and atmosphere of the Amazonia.
The Binaural version is preferred to reproduce this sound space with headphones. For a stereo listening, the vinyl as well as Streaming are not compressed like the CD, there give a great sound scene than the CD. The best choice for me, is to buy the vinyl to have an object valorizing the album and to download the binaural and 5.1 versions with the included code.

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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