Old Cds or newer cds?
Posted 06 July 2018 - 01:24 AM
Umm... okay so I'm looking into buying some cds of a couple artists I for some reason never had.
I know I've heard many discs with "remastered" song are usually no good. But what about some of the first cds from the 80's? Most likely used, but if I were to buy say... a Sam Cooke cd, would you pick one made in 1986, or 2003 with "remastered" tracks?
Is there a general cutoff year when the started screwing things up? And would a cd from the 80s still likely be any good, as far as functionality and deterioration goes?
Posted 06 July 2018 - 01:35 AM
I would pick the old CDs every time. I try to never buy anything that has been remastered; that just means they have fooked the music. I have some '90s CDs that are okay, but some have the "loud" mastering technique.
Here's a link with more info: https://en.wikipedia...ki/Loudness_war
As long as the top surface on an old CD is good, that is what matters. I have a few CDs from 1988 (maybe even older) that still play just fine.