GOOD - DAY , every one.
I own 35 SHM-CDs , including some of , THE WHO , DEEP PURPLE , LED ZEPPELIN , BRYAN ADAMS , GUNS & ROSES , DON HENLEY , STEELY DAN , ect...
These all sound fantastic.
Here are my tips about buying SHM-CDs. I am sorry if this has been posted before.
1. DO NOT buy any SHM-CDs that have never been re-mastered at one time before. They will sound better than their ordinal versions , however , they will be at the same volume as the older versions. If you like that quiet sound style then those are for you.
EXAMPLE = THE CREAM OF ERIC CLAPTON , uses the 1989 edit for this SHM-CD. It does sound better , but it is still very quiet.
2. The better the re-master the better it will sound.
The main difference with SHM-CDs is that this sound format loves , VOCALS , BACKING VOCALS , KEYBOARDS and HORNS.
The 4 SUPERTRAMP SHM-CDs , that I own use the 2003 re-masters for their SHM-CDs and they sound amazing.
So , this means you have the vocals more up front in the mix , the horns and keyboards have a lot more power. More balanced power with all of the other instruments.
No instrument and / or vocal over powers the other.
EXAMPLE = With the older LED ZEPPELIN re-masters [1994 / 2003] , I have always found that PLAN'Ts voice was too low in the mix in some of the songs. That has been fixed.
On some of the older re-masters , some songs seemed to be at a different volume than other songs even on the same album. That has also been fixed on these outstanding sounding , LED ZEP / SHM-CDs.
3. SHM-CDs are not any louder but they are super clean and clear. There is even less hiss or no hiss at all.
4. For loudly re-mastered albums like , WHO's NEXT , LIVE AT LEEDS , THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION , you can listen to them longer in one sitting because some of the harsh edge is gone. As my wife once said to me ,
"SHM-CDs sound just beautiful"
5. The only negative thing about SHM-CDs is that you can NOT burn / download songs from these discs because you will lose the sound improvements from the special disc itself.
I thought that SHM-CDs was a gimmick at first. Just another rip-off by the record companies to make more money.
However , I took a chance and I bought , BRYAN ADAMS' : SO FAR , SO GOOD [1993 re-master] SHM-CD.
I was hooked. On any fairly good multi-channel stereo this SHM-CD blew my mind. Talk about great separation , echos , vocals and every thing with out using a SACD player. Just a normal CD player.
I hope that some of this helps!
Edited by fillyourheadwithrock, 20 September 2008 - 08:59 AM.