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    Warning: HD Tracks 192/24 The Popular Duke Ellington Is Defective

    Sony totally botched the mastering. This one isn't even remotely subtle or anything to do with digital compression. Wow & Flutter, a reverb up to 10 & loud digital crackling.

    HDT is giving me a refund but suggesting I'm being too picky. Huh? The cd (1966 RCA recording) sounds 10 times better,.......

    Pro Studio Masters Is also carrying this title. I suspect it's the same bad master, but I don't have the courage or $'s to find out.......

    This is the worst sounding hi-rez title I have ever heard (previously HDT's "Woodstock 2" held that distinction in my collection, but this one sounds much much worse)
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    Thanks for the heads up. I have some Duke Ellington on CD, but don't listen to it enough to justify a rebuy.

    However, it's good to know.

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    Hey, you might be interested in jumping in on this thread, too.

    What new album did you purchase

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    Turns out the issue was not a bad master tape; but a botched Flac encode by either Sony or HDT. I was able to repair it, though I lost the metadata in the process.
    Passive Preamp: Mod Squad Deluxe; Amp McCormack DNA-1 Mod 1; Hi Rez & blu-ray/DVD Front End: Oppo BDP-95 With Region Hack; CD front end: Esoteric P-10->Kimber/Illuminati Digital Cable-> PS Audio SL3; CD Recorder: Tascam 900SL; Cassette Deck: Nakamichi DR2; Speakers (2.0): NHT 2.5I; Analog Cable: Tara Analog Standard, Pandora & Omni Bi-Wired Speaker Cable; Various aftermarket power cords; Power Conditioner: Adcom, Televsion: Vizio E55-C1

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    Quote Originally Posted by moomoomoomoo View Post
    Turns out the issue was not a bad master tape; but a botched Flac encode by either Sony or HDT. I was able to repair it, though I lost the metadata in the process.
    How to you re-encode FLAC files without the original source files they were made from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy Rainwater View Post
    How to you re-encode FLAC files without the original source files they were made from?
    I got lucky. I was able to decode them to wav files with Trader's Little Helper which were playable; then re-encode to flac (or play as wav)

    An early version of a commercial program which now works fine, "FLV MP3 Convertor" (now called "Total audio MP3 convertor" had a very similarly defective Flac encoder, which is where I got the idea to try it.

    I admit, I got lucky that it worked. And someone HDT? SONY? was INCREDIBLY Negligent. This wasn't subtle. If anyone had played the files they would have heard the issue; it was awful.

    BTW, if you don't care about chapter splits (a major pain with mkv blu-ray audio rips) I highly recommend the current version of Total audio MP3 Convertor, It pretty much will convert anything to anything audio (the name of the program is much more limiting than the actual program), & is much cheaper than the other br ripper I am familiar with, DVD Fab.
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    Good to hear that you were able to salvage the files. It's hard to believe that they let something like that through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy Rainwater View Post
    Good to hear that you were able to salvage the files. It's hard to believe that they let something like that through.
    Over about the last year, HDT has had a stock answer to concerns (paraphrase): "We just take what the record co's provide us". It is sadly possible that they don't listen to the masters. Their CS used to act like they cared about quality. No more (though at least the refund was hassle free).
    Passive Preamp: Mod Squad Deluxe; Amp McCormack DNA-1 Mod 1; Hi Rez & blu-ray/DVD Front End: Oppo BDP-95 With Region Hack; CD front end: Esoteric P-10->Kimber/Illuminati Digital Cable-> PS Audio SL3; CD Recorder: Tascam 900SL; Cassette Deck: Nakamichi DR2; Speakers (2.0): NHT 2.5I; Analog Cable: Tara Analog Standard, Pandora & Omni Bi-Wired Speaker Cable; Various aftermarket power cords; Power Conditioner: Adcom, Televsion: Vizio E55-C1

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