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    I finished listening to the other albums in this set yesterday (except for the Mono Masters, which I'll do today). I think I'm even more impressed now than ever. This may very well be the quietest boxset of vinyl I own, and I have several very nice ones. Every single LP side was completely noise-free with not even the slightest pop or crackle or static charge....nothing....just complete surface quiet. The overall quality (packaging/pressing quality/centedness)from a production perspective cannot be disputed....it is bloody well perfection IMHO.

    Having listened to The Beatles in stereo my entire life, I do not feel I need to do a comparison between the two as I'm completely familiar with how those sound, and how they have engaged and captured me. I have now heard what I feel I should have been hearing all these years and decades. These albums in MONO have such a different atmosphere about them and remind me of simpler times and a closer to being there interpretation. Depth was much more evident as was instrument and voice separation. What a joy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Vinyl View Post
    I finished listening to the other albums in this set yesterday (except for the Mono Masters, which I'll do today). I think I'm even more impressed now than ever. This may very well be the quietest boxset of vinyl I own, and I have several very nice ones. Every single LP side was completely noise-free with not even the slightest pop or crackle or static charge....nothing....just complete surface quiet. The overall quality (packaging/pressing quality/centedness)from a production perspective cannot be disputed....it is bloody well perfection IMHO.
    This is nice to hear(read) ... I've not been so lucky lately.

    Having listened to The Beatles in stereo my entire life, I do not feel I need to do a comparison between the two as I'm completely familiar with how those sound, and how they have engaged and captured me. I have now heard what I feel I should have been hearing all these years and decades. These albums in MONO have such a different atmosphere about them and remind me of simpler times and a closer to being there interpretation. Depth was much more evident as was instrument and voice separation. What a joy!
    The only Beatles I have in mono are a few CD rips, all my LPs are stereo. For some singular reason; I very much like the immediate type sound of a good mono recording.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Vinyl View Post
    I finished listening to the other albums in this set yesterday (except for the Mono Masters, which I'll do today). I think I'm even more impressed now than ever. This may very well be the quietest boxset of vinyl I own, and I have several very nice ones. Every single LP side was completely noise-free with not even the slightest pop or crackle or static charge....nothing....just complete surface quiet. The overall quality (packaging/pressing quality/centedness)from a production perspective cannot be disputed....it is bloody well perfection IMHO.

    Having listened to The Beatles in stereo my entire life, I do not feel I need to do a comparison between the two as I'm completely familiar with how those sound, and how they have engaged and captured me. I have now heard what I feel I should have been hearing all these years and decades. These albums in MONO have such a different atmosphere about them and remind me of simpler times and a closer to being there interpretation. Depth was much more evident as was instrument and voice separation. What a joy!

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    Just about to put down my hard earned on this. I'm running a Soundsmith Straingauge SG200 cart, which along w/other advantages is apparently truly as excellent w/mono as stereo. I guess I'll find out for sure soon.
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    I played 3 albums so far.

    Fantastically quiet on the ELP.


    And I'd only just splash water and spin dry
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lavigne View Post
    ...what I'd like to see now would be an all-analog re-mastering of the stereo titles with new pressings before more time goes by. those tapes do not improve with age.
    I've always assumed that raw analog and digital copies of such historical recordings would be made and archived. Is this not the case? And maybe they are not as good as the originals even now?

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