Beatles Reissues on VINYL Finally

Set to ship on November 13th, 2012.

The Beatles Stereo Albums 180g 16LP Limited Edition Box Set, plus available as individual LPs.

All 12 Studio Albums plus Magical Mystery Tour and Past Masters in a Stereo Box Set.

Sourced from the Original Master Tapes.

Cut at Abbey Road Studios by a First-Rate Team of Producers and Engineers.

Proper care and a painstaking series of steps were taken to ensure that music lovers would hear the Fab Four in all their glory. With EMI’s legendary Abbey Road Studios providing the backdrop, the four-year restoration process combined veteran expertise, state-of-the-art equipment, vintage studio gear, and rigorous testing to net what is without doubt the highest fidelity possible and authentic, jaw-dropping sound guaranteed to rival the original LPs. There is no longer any need to pay hundreds of dollars for Japanese pressings.

At the start of the restoration process, engineers conducted extensive tests before copying the analog master tapes into the digital realm using 24-bit/192 kHz resolution and a Prism A-D converter. Dust build-ups were removed from tape machine heads after the completion of each title. Artifacts such as electrical clicks, microphone vocal pops, excessive sibilance, and poor edits were improved upon as long as it was determined that doing so didn’t at all damage the integrity of the songs. Similarly, de-noising technology was applied in only a few necessary spots and on a sum total of less than five of the entire 525 minutes of Beatles music. Compression was also used sparingly and only on the stereo versions to preserve the sanctity of the dynamics.

A rigorous string of checks and balances ensured that the results exceeded expectations. Subject to numerous playback tests, songs were auditioned by the remastering team to determine if any lingering mistakes needed correction. The restored versions were also compared side-by-side against the original vinyl pressings (loaded into Pro Tools), and then again auditioned in the same studio where all recent Beatles projects, including Love, were mixed. Once all EQ issues had been addressed, another round of listening litmus tests occurred in still another location. Finalization required the approval of everyone involved in the remastering process. For this project, there was no such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen. Yes, it took a village to get it right.

Each album features original U.K. vinyl album artwork, original U.K. track listings, expanded booklets containing original and newly penned liner notes, recording notes, rare photos, and fold-out packaging. Everything comes housed in a tall, glossy, hard black lift-top case augmented with a magnetic clasp.
I'm looking forward to opinions about how these sound compared to the most recent CD remasters.

I'm a Beatles junky at heart, but have little interest in another set of Beatles recordings at this point.
Well, if you read the article that mofimadness posted, it is pretty clear that digitizing a tape during the mastering process does not necessarily ruin the sound, it can actually improve it. Who would have thought that?

Here is an excerpt from a report Michael Lavorgna wrote about RMAF 2012 on the Audiostream website:

"People. Music. Enjoyment.
In my opinion, this is what our hi-fi hobby is all about. What's its not about is finding fault in a comparative or theoretical way. While differences and ideas are rampant, a hi-fi show smacks you upside your head with the fact that people make hi-fi gear and while theories and attitudes go into the mix, entering different rooms is like entering different worlds in terms how each person decides to approach reproducing music. In the end its people's enjoyment of music that is the deciding factor and even here we have nearly as many points of view as people. I know for some this notion of enjoyment is a constant source of frustration because they know they're right and everyone who disagrees with them is wrong. From my way of seeing and listening, the only positive outcome of this attitude is a lot of frown lines."

Makes a lot of sense doesn't it?
I bought a copy of Revolver yesterday and am pretty dissapointed. Sounds somewhat flat and lifeless to me. For those of us with older versions I really don't see this newer set being the "go to" version.
I find myself agreeing very strongly with Mr. Fremer. I think this box set for the price is well worthwhile, especially for those of us that bought the USA versions on day of release and have nothing else.

I do like the 1979 Blue Box set and we also played the (Sweden) red vinyl monos and all have something to contribute. Like Mike says, depends on what you expect and what tonal balance your system is.

I ordered my box set from Walmart before they raised the price. Shipping only $1.97 and the complete set for $280.76.

For that I'll gladly keep mine and maybe search for original Parlophone at hundreds of dollars each when (and if) the economy improves.