I don't believe in the joys of owning or collecting Vinyl. I'm quite happy with digital #heresy
But did I go down the rabbit hole a bit this week on Vinyl records because I heard a UHQR version of Miles Davis's ''Kind of Blue' album, which I'm kinda familiar with (I got the CD). The differences were subtle, but at the same time not.
What is UHQR and what do the guys think of it -> https://www.qualityrecordpressings.com/index.cfm?go=projects#:~:text=As%20we%20set%20out%20to,High%20Quality%20Records%20(UHQR).
As far I understand the technology to produce a record has evolved and now they can re-master/mix the stems to take advantage of the tech evolution. I'm hearing a LOT more low end rumbling from the bass (I would 😁) and a bit more speration to the instruments (usually a good thing, but not always).
At first listen the Miles Davis doesn't sound quite as crisp - but after A/Bing with the CD, I noticed the double bass for the first time. And the wind instruments are mixed differently to the CD. A different listening experience, one I preferred.
After much thought, I reckon it comes down to preference. I really like hearing my favourite tunes in fidelity and the older stuff benefits from remastering to the UHQR pressing - even on my crappy hifi - which for me is telling.
Am I gonna run out and spend squillions on a hifi and UHQR records? Nope. Not gonna happen. Am I gonna track down digital releases of my favourites on UHQR. For some, you betcha - some of the re-releases sound pretty damn good to me. It's like discovering music you love, but again.
Here's a couple for your earholes