Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygene Review (LP, Japanese LP , MOFI LP, CD, Trilogy 40th Anniversary, Qobuz, Tidal, DVD, cassette)

La version française du test est disponible ici. The French version of the review is available here.

After Deserted Palace (1972) and Les Granges Brûlées (1973), Oxygène is the successful album that launched Jean Michel Jarre with over 18 million records sold.

For this review, the listening was done with Jean Razzaroli from Vinyl&Audio magazine in which you can also find an article about the review of this JMJ album in the July/August issue.

The review includes 15 editions: Vinyl (1976, MFSL MOFI, Japan, Blue 2018, Trilogy 40th Anniversary) , cassette, CD (1983, 2007, Trilogy), Qobuz, Qobuz Trilogy, Tidal, Tidal Trilogy, DVD Oxygen 3D stereo and 5.1.

You can also find the reviews of other albums of Jean-Michel Jarre AMAZÔNIA and Live in Notre-Dame VR – Welcome To The Other Side.

Below you will find the description of the different editions, as well as the measurements of each edition in the following chapters.
To go directly to the summary of the review and the samples click here.

This album includes 6 tracks reviewed:

  1. Oxygène (Part I)
  2. Oxygène (Part II)
  3. Oxygène (Part III)
  4. Oxygène (Part IV)
  5. Oxygène (Part V)
  6. Oxygène (Part VI)

First we will analyze each edition in detail (technical and qualitative analysis), then we will compare the successive editions with their dynamics and assign a final score, and you will be able to listen some samples.

The streaming versions may evolve over time, those presented here correspond to the version tested at the date of publication, or update of the review.

Review of the editions:

Part 1: Presentation of the editions

Part 2 : Waveform and dynamique comparaison

Parts 3 : Spectrum comparisons

Part 4 : Spectrogram comparaisons

Part 5 : Spatialization

Part 6 : Summary, scoring and Sample

Part 1: presentation of the editions

Ed 1 : Vinyl ref : 2344 068 — 1976
Presentation

This is the original european vinyl of this album .

LabelPolydor
Reference2344 068
Format (speed)LP 33 rpm
TypeLP
MasterAnalog
Mastering/PressingMixed by Jean-Pierre Janiaud
Original recordingAnalog
StateFrance
Year original1976
Year production1976
Ed 2 : Vinyl MFSL ref : MFSL 1-212 — 1994
Presentation

This is the MFSL release of this album.

LabelMobile Fidelity Sound Lab
ReferenceMFSL 1-212
Format (speed)LP 33 rpm
TypeLP 200g
MasterAnalog
Mastering/PressingMixed by Jean-Pierre Janiaud
Half speed
Original recordingAnalog
StateUS
Year original1976
Year production1994
Ed 3 : Vinyl Japan ref : MPF 1098 — 1977
Presentation

This is the japanese vinyl released in 1977.

LabelPolydor
ReferenceMPF 1098
Format (speed)LP 33 rpm
TypeLP
MasterAnalog
Mastering/PressingMixed by Jean-Pierre Janiaud
Original recordingAnalog
StateJapan
Year original1976
Year production1977
Ed 4 : Vinyl Blue ref : LC 10879 88843024681 — 2018
Presentation

This is the blue vinyl remastered in 2018 .

LabelLes Disques Motors
Reference LC 10879 88843024681
Format (speed)LP 33 rpm
TypeLP
MasterFrom the original analog tapes
Mastering/PressingMixed by Jean-Pierre Janiaud
Remastered by Dave Dadwater
Mastering from the original analog tapes
Original recordingAnalog
StateJapan
Year original1976
Year production2018

Ed 5: Vinyl Oxygen Trilogy ref : 88985361872 — remastered 2016
Presentation

This is the vinyl from the beautiful Oxygen Trilogy box.

LabelSony Music
Reference 88985361872
Format (speed)LP 33 rpm
Type3 clear LP Limited Edition and 3 CD, 40th Anniversary Edition box
MasterDigital
Mastering/PressingRecorded by, Mixed by Jean-Michel Jarre
Remastered by Dave Dadwater
Mastering from the original analog tapes
Original recordingAnalog
StateEU
Year original1976
Year production2016
Ed 6: Cassette ref : MTO 40-77000 cb 481 — Reissue 1983

Presentation

This is the cassette reissue in 1983.

LabelLes Disques Motors
ReferenceMTO 40-77000 cb 481
Format (speed)Cassette
TypeCassette stereo
MasterAnalog
Mastering/PressingMixed by Jean-Pierre Janiaud
Original recordingAnalog
StateFrance
Year original1976
Year production1983
Ed 7: CD ref : FDM CD-77000 — 1983

Presentation

This is the first CD release of the album Oxygene.

LabelDisques Dreyfus
ReferenceMTO 40-77000 cb 481
Format (speed)CD
TypePCM 16 bits 44.1 kHz
MasterDigital
Mastering/PressingMixed by Jean-Pierre Janiaud
Original recordingAnalog
StateFrance
Year original1976
Year production1983
Ed 8: CD ref : FDM 36140-2– Remastered 2007

Presentation

This is the remastered CD released in 2007.

LabelDisques Dreyfus
ReferenceFDM 36140-2
Format (speed)CD
TypePCM 16 bits 44.1 kHz, box of 3 CD
MasterDigital
Mastering/PressingRemastered by Scott Hull in 24 bit 96 kHz
Original recordingAnalog
StateFrance
Year original1976
Year production2007
Ed 9: CD Oxygen Trilogy ref : 88985361872 — remastered 2016

Presentation

This is the CD from the Oxygen Trilogy Box.

LabelSony Music
Reference 88985361872
Format (speed)CD
Type3 CD 16 bits 44.1 kHz and 3 clear LP Limited Edition, 40th Anniversary Edition Box
MasterDigital
Mastering/PressingRecorded by, Mixed by Jean-Michel Jarre
Remastered by Dave Dadwater
Mastering from the original analog tapes
Original recordingAnalog
StateEU
Year original1976
Year production2016
Ed 10: Streaming Qobuz

Presentation

This is the streaming Qobuz in 24 bits 48 kHz.

LabelSony Music
ReferenceQobuz Hi-Rez
Format (speed)Streaming
TypePCM 24 bits 48 kHz
MasterDigital
Mastering/PressingMixed by Jean-Pierre Janiaud
Original recordingAnalog
StateFrance
Year original1976
Year production
Ed 11: Streaming Qobuz Oxygen Trilogy

Presentation

This is the streaming Qobuz of the Oxygen Trilogy presented in 24 bits 48 kHz.

LabelSony Music
Reference Qobuz Hi-Rez
Format (speed)Streaming
TypePCM 24 bits 48 kHz, 40th Anniversary Edition
MasterDigital
Mastering/PressingRecorded by, Mixed by Jean-Michel Jarre
Remastered by Dave Dadwater
Mastering from the original analog tapes
Original recordingAnalog
StateEU
Year original1976
Year production2016
Ed 12: Oxygene (Live In Your Living Room) stereo 2007

Presentation

This is the stereo track of the DVD new record of Oxygene (Live In Your Living Room).The DVD includes the 3D video and also 2 pairs of glasses.

LabelEMI
Reference
Format (speed)DVD
TypePCM 16 bits 48 kHz stereo
MasterDigital
Mastering/Pressingre-recorded and mixed in High Definition 24 bits/96KHZ
Original recordingDigital
StateFrance
Year original2007
Year production2007
Ed 13: Oxygene (Live In Your Living Room) 5.1 2007

Presentation

This is the Dolby Digital 5.1 track of the DVD new record of Oxygene (Live In Your Living Room)

LabelEMI
Reference
Format (speed)DVD
Type5.1 in Dolby Digital
MasterDigital
Mastering/Pressingre-recorded and mixed in High Definition 24 bits/96KHZ
Original recordingDigital
StateFrance
Year original2007
Year production2007
Ed 14: Streaming Tidal

Presentation

This is the streaming Tidal in 24 bits 48 kHz encoded in MQA.

LabelSony Music
ReferenceTidal Master
Format (speed)Streaming
TypeMQA 24 bits 48 kHz decoded in 24 bits 96 kHz by Audirvana
MasterDigital
Mastering/PressingMixed by Jean-Pierre Janiaud
Original recordingAnalog
StateFrance
Year original1976
Year production2016
Ed 15: Streaming Tidal Oxygen Trilogy

Presentation

This is the streaming Tidal of the Oxygen Trilogy presented in 24 bits 48 kHz encoded in MQA.

LabelSony Music
ReferenceTidal Master
Format (speed)Streaming
TypeMQA 24 bits 48 kHz decoded in 24 bits 96 kHz by Audirvana
MasterDigital
Mastering/PressingRecorded by, Mixed by Jean-Michel Jarre
Remastered by Dave Dadwater
Mastering from the original analog tapes
Original recordingAnalog
StateEU
Year original1976
Year production2016

Part 2 : Waveform and dynamic comparaisons

Waveform

The waveform represents tracks of the album.

The graphs below represent the waveforms of the vinyl versions (Ed1, Ed2 and Ed3) and CD 1983 (Ed7) .
All four versions are dynamic without having a sound level limiting effect.

Waveform Ed1 : Vinyl 1976
Waveform Ed2 : Vinyl MFSL
Waveform Ed3 : Vinyl Japan
Waveform Ed7: CD 1983

The graphs below represent the waveforms of the vinyl versions blue and Trilogy (Ed4, Ed5), cassette and CD 2007 (Ed8) .
This four versions are dynamic but less than the vinyl versions (Ed1, Ed2 and Ed3) and CD 1983 (Ed7), without hard sound level limiting effect, but a limitation of the peaks, especially for the blue vinyl and the cassette.

Waveform Ed4 : Vinyl Blue
Waveform Ed5 : Vinyl Trilogy
Waveform Ed6 : Cassette
Waveform Ed8: CD 2007

The 3 digital versions of the Trilogy (Ed9 CD, Ed11 Qobuz and Ed15 Tidal), are less dynamic, with an effect of dynamic compression on the sound levels (yellow zone), which is confirmed in the DR measurement with a DR9 value for these 3 versions.

Waveform Ed9 : CD Trilogy
Waveform Ed11 : Trilogy Qobuz
Waveform Ed15 : Trilogy Tidal

The 2 streaming versions of the original Oxygen (Ed10 Qobuz and Ed14 Tidal) below are more compressed in dynamic with the presence of flat limiting level without peaks. It is surprising because the original CD is dynamic.

Waveform Ed10 : Qobuz
Waveform Ed14 : Tidal

The DVD Oxygene (Live In Your Living Room) stereo is slightly compressed in dynamics as shown by the reduction of peak on certain zone.

Waveform Ed12 : Oxygene (Live In Your Living Room) stereo

The DVD Oxygene (Live In Your Living Room) 5.1 is more dynamics the the stereo sound track of the DVD.

Waveform Ed13: Oxygene (Live In Your Living Room) 5.1

The graphic below shows the CD Original, the CD or Streaming Trilogy and the streaming Original version adjusted with se same sound level. The dynamic compression increases as the DR value decreases. We then observe that the waveform is flatter and flatter with less peaks. A mastering has been done for the original version distributed in streaming (Qobuz or Tidal).

Comparaison with the same level of Original CD, CD Trilogy and Qobuz

Dynamic

Dynamic represents the ability to reproduce a wide range of sounds from the softest to the loudest. The target is to compare the dynamics of the music and not of the media (CD, digital files or vinyl).

For our 15 editions we have obtained the following Dynamic Range (DR) :

 Ed1: Vinyl 1976Ed2: MFSL  1994Ed3: Vinyl Japan 1976Ed4 : Vinyl Blue 2018Ed5 :Vinyl TrilogyEd6 : k7 1983Ed7 : CD 1983Ed8 : CD 2007Ed9 : CD TrilogyEd10 : QobuzEd11 : Qobuz TrilogyEd12 : Oxygen 3D StereoEd13 : Oxygen 3D 5.1Ed14 : TidalEd15 : Tidal trilogy
GLOBALDR11DR10DR12DR10DR12DR7DR12DR9DR9DR6DR9DR9DR11DR6DR10
MinDR10DR10DR10DR8DR11DR6DR10DR9DR8DR5DR8DR8DR11DR5DR8
MaxDR12DR11DR12DR11DR13DR8DR12DR10DR11DR7DR11DR11DR11DR7DR11
Oxygène (Part I)DR12DR10DR12DR10DR11DR7DR12DR10DR10DR7DR10DR9DR11DR7DR10
Oxygène (Part II)DR11DR10DR11DR8DR11DR8DR12DR10DR8DR5DR8DR8DR11DR6DR9
Oxygène (Part III)DR10DR10DR10DR9DR11DR8DR10DR9DR8DR6DR8DR8DR11DR6DR8
Oxygène (Part IV)DR11DR10DR12DR8DR12DR6DR12DR9DR8DR5DR8DR9DR11DR5DR9
Oxygène (Part V)DR12DR11DR12DR11DR12DR8DR12DR9DR10DR6DR10DR10DR11DR7DR11
Oxygène (Part VI)DR11DR11DR12DR10DR13DR7DR11DR9DR11DR6DR11DR11DR11DR6DR11

We can classify in 3 main categories, the original versions in vinyl or in CD which have a DR higher or equal to DR10. The Trilogy version which has a DR9 for the digital editions and a little more for the vinyl. And finally, the original version in streaming (Qobuz and Tidal) which underwent a strong compression of the dynamics with a DR6.

As a reminder, the scale goes from 0 to more 20, but the dynamics are considered good from 12, quite good between 10 and 11, and deteriorate below 10.

Part 3 : spectrum comparisons

Spectrum

The Spectrum allows to check the tonal balance of the music (balance between treble, medium and bass sounds) and to detect process that may have been carried out during the recording, the mixing, mastering or manufacturing phases. It is also possible to detect frequency interference issues.

The curve represents the average frequency distribution over the sample “Oxygène (Part II)”.

The graph below represents the frequency response of Ed3 Vinyl Japan (White) and Ed1 Vinyl 1976 (Blue). The two curves overlap up to 10 kHz. Beyond that, the Japanese vinyl is a few dB higher above 15 kHz (yellow arrow). The white arrow shows a noise peak on the Japanese vinyl version.

Spectrum Ed3 Vinyl Japan (White) vs Ed1 Vinyl 1976 (Blue)

The interesting features on this curve Ed4 Vinyl Blue (White) vs Ed1 Vinyl 1976 (Blue) are the following:

  • A very strong similarity of the two curves.
  • A little more treble for the blue vinyl version (yellow arrow)
  • A little more bass for the blue vinyl version (green arrow)

The difference in the bass and treble may bring more presence and precision to the listening for the blue vinyl.

Spectrum Ed4 Vinyl Blue (White) vs Ed1 Vinyl 1976 (Blue)

The graph below represents the frequency response of Ed2 Vinyl Mofi (White) vs Ed1 Vinyl 1976 (Blue). The two curves overlap from 150 Hz up to 5 kHz. Above 5 kHz, the treble level increases on the MOFI vinyl up to 10 dB at 20 kHz (yellow arrow), below 100 Hz, the MOFI vinyl has more bass (green arrow) with 2 to 3 dB more. The red arrow shows the noise peak.

Spectrum Ed2 Vinyl Mofi (White) vs Ed1 Vinyl 1976 (Blue)

The graph below represents the frequency response of Ed5 Vinyl Trilogy (White) vs Ed1 Vinyl 1976 (Blue). The differences of the vinyl of the trilogy are an increase of the bass below 600 Hz with a maximum of 6 dB (green zone), an attenuation of the midrange of 3 to 4 dB (yellow arrow), and an accentuation of the treble until more than 6 dB between 7 Hz and 18 kHz. These three points will strongly change the rendering and the sound balance of the album.

Spectrum Ed5 Vinyl Trilogy (White) vs Ed1 Vinyl 1976 (Blue)

The graph below represents the frequency response of Ed5 Vinyl Trilogy (White) vs Ed9 CD Trilogy (Blue). The two curves overlap up to 22 kHz which shows the use of masters with a common reference. The CD version cuts off at 22 kHz due to the 44.1 kHz sampling rate of the CD.

Spectrum Ed5 Vinyl Trilogy (White) vs Ed9 CD Trilogy (Blue)

The graph below represents the frequency response of Ed6 Cassette (White) vs Ed7 CD 1983 (Blue).

We find a similar curve between the two versions with some differences for the cassette:
– A rise of the bass above 500 Hz up to 7 dB (purple zone)
– A rise of the highs of some dB above 4kHz (yellow zone)
– A limitation of the bandwidth in the high frequencies above 16 kHz (green arrow)
These differences give a warmer sound to the cassette.

Spectrum Ed6 Cassette (White) vs Ed7 CD 1983 (Blue)

The graph below represents the frequency response of Ed8 CD 2007 (White) vs Ed7 CD 1983 (Blue). The 2007 CD has more extreme bass (yellow arrow) and a few dB of treble attenuation above 8 kHz. This change will bring more presence in the lower end of the sound spectrum.

Spectrum Ed8 CD 2007 (White) vs Ed7 CD 1983 (Blue)

The graph below represents the frequency response of Ed9 CD Trilogy (White) vs Ed7 CD 1983 (Blue). The trilogy CD version has a slight attenuation in the upper bass and midrange (yellow arrow) and a greater attenuation in the treble (closer to the vinyl edition) (yellow area)

Spectrum Ed9 CD Trilogy (White) vs Ed7 CD 1983 (Blue)

The graph below represents the frequency response of Ed11 Qobuz Trilogy (White) vs Ed10 Qobuz (Blue). The Qobuz Trilogy version has a significant bass boost of 6 dB (green zone) and a midrange attenuation (yellow zone). The yellow arrow shows a cut-off at 20 kHz of the Qobuz Original version instead of 22 kHz.

Spectrum Ed11 Qobuz Trilogy (White) vs Ed10 Qobuz (Blue)

The graph below represents the frequency response of Ed9 CD Trilogy (White) vs Ed11 Qobuz Trilogy (Blue). No surprise, the superposition of the 2 curves indicate the use of the same master, which will be confirmed by the other measurements.

Spectrum Ed9 CD Trilogy (White) vs Ed11 Qobuz Trilogy (Blue)

The graph below represents the frequency response of Ed15 Tidal Trilogy (White) vs Ed11 Qobuz Trilogy (Blue). No surprise, the superposition of the 2 curves up to 24 kHz indicate the use of the same master, which will be confirmed by the other measurements. But, the decoding of the MQA imposed in 96 kHz brings noise due to spectrum folding, find more details on this problem here.

Spectrum Ed15 Tidal Trilogy (White) vs Ed11 Qobuz Trilogy (Blue)

The graph below represents the frequency response of Ed14 Tidal (White) vs Ed10 Qobuz (Blue). The superposition of the 2 curves up to 24 kHz indicate the use of the same master, which will be confirmed by the other measurements. But, the decoding of the MQA imposed in 96 kHz brings noise due to spectrum folding, find more details on this problem here.

Spectrum Ed14 Tidal (White) vs Ed10 Qobuz (Blue)

The graph below represents the frequency response of Ed12 Oxygen 3D stereo (White) vs Ed10 Qobuz (Blue). The differences between the two versions are too significant to compare them. The listening shows that we have 2 different recordings.

Spectrum Ed12 Oxygen 3D stereo (White) vs Ed10 Qobuz (Blue)

The graph below represents the frequency response of Ed13 Oxygen 3D with 5.1 channels. The yellow arrows show the front channels, which are higher in sound level than the back channels (red arrow) especially in the high frequencies. The green arrow shows the LFE channel which is filtered below 120 Hz.

Spectrum Ed13 Oxygen 3D 5.1

Part 4 : Spectrogram comparaisons

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 of the vinyl 1976 (Ed1), Vinyl MFSL (Ed2) and Vinyl from Japan (Ed3) have a smoother continuity above 20 kHz (yellow arrow) than the other vinyl versions. This confirms the spectrum analysis and the use of an analog master. The white arrow shows the signal rising above 20khz and also the distortion due to the playback of the vinyl. The black arrow shows a small frequency peak present on all the tracks.

Spectrogram Ed1 : Vinyl 1976
Spectrogram Ed2 : Vinyl MFSL
Spectrogram Ed3 : Vinyl Japan

The spectrogram of the vinyl Blue (Ed4 ) and Vinyl Trilogy (Ed5) show a difference for the passage above 20 kHz (yellow arrow). The white arrow shows the signal rising above 20khz and also the distortion due to the playback of the vinyl. The black arrow shows a small frequency peak present on all the tracks on vinyl Blue.

Spectrogram Ed4 : Vinyl Blue
Spectrogram Ed5: Vinyl Oxygen Trilogy

The spectrogram of the cassette (Ed6 ) it shows that the high cutoff is below 20 kHz (yellow arrow) and especially a presence of background noise above (white arrow)

Spectrogram Ed6: Cassette

The digital versions below (CDs and Qobuz) show the frequency limit at 22 kHz or 24 kHz (yellow arrow) due to the sampling frequency, and no signal above (white arrow)

Spectrogram Ed8: CD 2007
Spectrogram Ed7: CD 1983
Spectrogram Ed9: CD Oxygen Trilogy
Spectrogram Ed10: Streaming Qobuz
Spectrogram Ed11: Streaming Qobuz Oxygen Trilogy

The 2 digital versions Tidal below show the frequency limit at 24 kHz (yellow arrow) due to the sampling frequency, and noise above (white arrow) due to the decoding of the MQA imposed in 96 kHz brings noise due to spectrum folding, find more details on this problem here.

Spectrogram Ed14: Streaming Tidal
Spectrogram Ed15: Streaming Tidal Oxygen Trilogy

The DVD Oxygene (Live In Your Living Room) in stereo and 5.1 (Ed12 and Ed13) show the frequency limit at 24 kHz (yellow arrow) due to the 48 kHz sampling frequency of DVD, and no signal above (white arrow).

Spectrogram Ed12: Oxygene (Live In Your Living Room) stereo
Spectrogram Ed13: Oxygene (Live In Your Living Room) 5.1

Part 5 : Spatialization

Spatialization allows you to define the distribution of the sound of the music on the different channels. The spatialization indicator and the description of the graph are described here.

We have a distribution of the music on all 5 channels. The use of the central channel favors the front scene a little more, but we find a good level in the surround which allows to give a good immersion in the music.

Spatialization : ●●●oo (3.1)

Part 6 : Summary, scoring and Samples

Ed 1 : Vinyl ref : 2344 068 — 1976

This original pressing brings a warmer rendering of the album than the digital versions, with less precision and details in the high frequencies, but with a more immersive rendering. We find a nice width and depth of the sound image in the track Oxygen (Part VI).

  • Rating:
    • Dynamic: ●●●oo (3.5/5)
    • Bandwidth: ●●●●● (5/5)
    • Surface noise: ●●●●o (4.0/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●●o (4/5)
  • Sample : “Oxygène (Part II)” 24 bits 88.2 kHz:
Sample Ed1 Vinyl
Ed 2 : Vinyl MFSL ref : MFSL 1-212 — 1994

The pressing is very clean with more clarity in the high frequencies than the original pressing. The counterpart of this definition is a rendering with less depth of the sound image on the noise of the waves compared to the vinyl 1976 for the track Oxygen (Part VI).

  • Rating:
    • Dynamic: ●●●oo (3/5)
    • Bandwidth: ●●●●● (5/5)
    • Surface noise: ●●●●o (4.0/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●●o (4/5)
  • Sample : “Oxygène (Part II)” 24 bits 88.2 kHz:
Sample Ed2 Vinyl MFSL
Ed3 : Vinyl Japan ref : MPF 1098 — 1976

The pressing is very clean, this version is very close to the original vinyl, with just a little more precision in the high frequencies, but keeps the same sound image rendering on Oxygen (Part VI).

  • Rating:
    • Dynamic: ●●●oo (3.5/5)
    • Bandwidth: ●●●●● (5/5)
    • Surface noise: ●●●●o (4.5/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●●o (4/5)
  • Sample : “Oxygène (Part II)” 24 bits 88.2 kHz:
Sample Ed3 Vinyl Japanese
Ed4 : Vinyl Blue ref : LC 10879 88843024681 — 2018

This vinyl has been remastered, it brings a little more detail in the highs and a little more bass. During the comparison of the title Oxygen (Part VI), it is the vinyl which gave one of the best rendering in spatial term, with a very beautiful width and especially a very beautiful depth of the music which plunges us in the sound of the waves. But, it remains a little less precise in the bass on other passage as the title Oxygen (Part II) for example.

  • Rating:
    • Dynamic: ●●●oo (3/5)
    • Bandwidth: ●●●●o (4.5/5)
    • Surface noise: ●●●●o (4.0/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●●o (3.5/5)
  • Sample : “Oxygène (Part II)” 24 bits 88.2 kHz:
Sample Ed4 Vinyl Blue
Ed5: Vinyl Oxygen Trilogy ref : 88985361872 — remastered 2016

The vinyl of the Trilogy version presents a different sound balance, with a lot of details in the high frequencies compared to the other vinyls and a more present bass. However, this increase in high frequencies has an impact on the rendering of the sound image, which is less wide and less deep than the other vinyls, especially on the passage of Oxygen (Part VI).

  • Rating:
    • Dynamic: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Bandwidth: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Surface noise: ●●●●o (4.0/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●oo (3.5/5)
  • Sample : “Oxygène (Part II)” 24 bits 88.2 kHz:
Sample Ed5 Oxygen Trilogy
Ed6: Cassette ref : MTO 40-77000 cb 481 — Reissue 1983

The cassette is less precise with heavier bass than the other versions, which gives a very warm sound. It also loses depth on the sound image. Unfortunately, the quality of this tape is not very good, it has been damaged by being played.

  • Rating:
    • Dynamic: ●●ooo (2/5)
    • Bandwidth: ●●●oo (2.5/5)
    • Surface noise: ●●ooo (2/5)
    • Restitution: ●oooo (1.5/5)
  • Sample : “Oxygène (Part II)” 24 bits 96 kHz:
Sample Ed6 Cassette
Ed7: CD ref : FDM CD-77000 — 1983

With the 1983 CD, we find the digital sound, precise with very detailed highs, almost too detailed. The bass is clean. That gives a different rendering compared to the original vinyl. The sound image remains close to the original vinyl version.

  • Rating:
    • Dynamic: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Bandwidth: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●●o (4/5)
  • Sample : “Oxygène (Part II)” 16bits 44.1 kHz:
Sample Ed7 CD 1983
Ed8: CD ref : FDM 36140-2– Remastered 2007

The CD 2007 brings a different balance than the CD 1983 with less extreme highs, and basses a little more present and less precise. On the passage of Oxygène (Part VI), we lose in sound space compared to the CD of 1983.

  • Rating:
    • Dynamic: ●●●oo (2.5/5)
    • Bandwidth: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●oo (3.0/5)
  • Sample : “Oxygène (Part II)” 16 bits 44.1 kHz:
Sample Ed8 CD 2007
Ed9: CD Oxygen Trilogy ref : 88985361872 — remastered 2016

As for the vinyl of the trilogy, we find the same sound balance, with more precise highs, but as the vinyl we lose in term of sound image in particular on the passage of Oxygen (Part VI).

  • Rating:
    • Dynamic: ●●●oo (2.5/5)
    • Bandwidth: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●oo (3.5/5)
  • Sample : “Oxygène (Part II)” 16 bits 44.1 kHz:
Sample Ed9 CD Oxygen Trilogy
Ed10: Streaming Qobuz

It is a flatter version, with less relief. This is very perceptible when listening on a loudspeaker, where the sound lacks dynamics, life, sound space. If the cassette had not been damaged, it would have done better in terms of music restitution.

  • Rating:
    • Dynamic: ●oooo (1/5)
    • Bandwidth: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Restitution: ●oooo (1.5/5)
  • Sample : “Oxygène (Part II)” 24 bits 48 kHz:
Sample Ed10 Qobuz
Ed11: Streaming Qobuz Oxygen Trilogy

We find for this streaming version of the Trilogy a sound similar to the CD version of the Trilogy, with a sound balance highlighting the bass and treble, but which loses in spatialization of sound.

  • Rating:
    • Dynamic: ●●●oo (2.5/5)
    • Bandwidth: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●oo (3.5/5)
  • Sample : “Oxygène (Part II)” 24 bits 48 kHz:
Sample Ed11 Qobuz oxygen Trilogy
Ed12: Oxygene (Live In Your Living Room) stereo 2007

We find the same album but with a new recording and a different interpretation. It differs from the original version. So it is not directly comparable, the interest of this version is to have the video in 3D. The DVD comes with 2 pairs of glasses!

  • Rating:
    • Dynamic: ●●●oo (2.5/5)
    • Bandwidth: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●oo (3/5)
  • Sample : “Oxygène (Part II)” 24bits 48 kHz:
Sample Ed12 DVD Stereo
Ed13: Oxygene (Live In Your Living Room) 5.1 2007

We find the same album but with a new recording and a different interpretation. The interest of this version is the use of 5.1 which allows to have a spatial rendering of the album. But maybe a Dolby Atmos mix of the original version will be proposed one day.

  • Rating:
    • Dynamic: ●●●oo (3.5/5)
    • Bandwidth: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●oo (3/5)
  • Sample : “Oxygène (Part II)” 5.1 Dolby Digital decoded:
Sample Ed13 DVD 5.1
Ed14: Streaming Tidal

The Tidal version is similar to the Qobuz version. It is a version to ignore because of its lack of life, it is better to listen to the Trilogy version of Tidal.

  • Rating:
    • Dynamic: ●oooo (1/5)
    • Bandwidth: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Restitution: ●oooo (1.5/5)
  • Sample : “Oxygène (Part II)” 24bits 96 kHz:
Sample Ed14 Tidal
Ed15: Streaming Tidal Oxygen Trilogy

The Tidal version is similar to the Qobuz version, but the sound is a bit softer in the highs, certainly due to the MQA decoding in 96 kHz. This rendering can be different depending on the DAC used.

  • Rating:
    • Dynamic: ●●●oo (2.5/5)
    • Bandwidth: ●●●●o (4/5)
    • Restitution: ●●●oo (3.5/5)
  • Sample : “Oxygène (Part II)” 24bits 96 kHz:
Sample Ed15 Tidal Oxygen Trilogy

As you have just read, each version has its own personality. Let’s start with the simplest, if you listen in streaming, it is the Trilogy version that will give the best result compared to the original version too compressed in dynamics. For the other supports, it is also a question of personal taste. For the CD, this one brings more precision and details, the 1983 version is a little less typified than the Trilogy version with a beautiful sound image. And finally, if you want a warmer sound, the vinyl brings a softer rendering in the highs, with a plus for the sound image of the blue version followed by the original versions compared to the Trilogy version. If you want a 3D experience, the DVD with 5.1 sound and the anaglyph 3D glasses will immerse you in another atmosphere, with the vintage look of the anaglyph glasses.

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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)
  • Spatialization :
    • Between 0 and 5 for 5.1 or 7.1 channels configuration
    • Between 0 and 10 for Atmos configuration (7.1.4)
    • For more information on spatialization, you can read the article describing this parameter here.
  • 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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