Steely Dan UHQR


There is a great interview with audio engineer Bernie Grundman on the new UHQR album "Aja". At $150 it better be amazing. He talks about how they had to modify the sound of albums in the past so they would play on crappy turntables and how this album, at 45rpm, is designed for the best turntables and cartridges. He also speaks about how the "Dan" gang wanted to use their own speakers to listen to the master and not Bernie's. (Wish he had called out the speakers) But let me ask you this, can a sound engineer with 80 year old ears (born 16 December 1943), have the hearing to engineering a UHQR album to audiophile standards......I know my hearing is shot due to what I did in my 20's with Rock n Roll sound levels....At 70, no way could my ears be trusted for such a task.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGLFTm6jMrY

rbertalotto

I just received the UHQR Aja, and it sounds amazing! Dead silent background, stellar clarity and definition, and the Steve Gadd drum solos have that live impact that makes you sit up and take notice. A reference pressing for me.

I ordered it last week; should be showing up any day. This is the kind of thing I've been wanting to hear since I upgraded my speakers a few months ago.

'Aja' was like an 'audiophile' recording when it came out. Another great audiophile-quality recording from a few years later I was listening to the other night was ABC's 'Lexicon of Love', with its epic production by Trevor Horn. I'd like to hear THAT on a double-45. I hope Chad gives it a listen some day.

@rbertalotto - do keep in mind that this has sold many millions of copies worldwide over the decades. 30,000 is a drop in the bucket compared to that. 

After purchasing this album so many times at $1 price tag in near-new condition, I doubt that $150 will justify even for UHQR.

The point of this post is that those $1 pressings were done with compromise to audio quality so they would play on a cheap turntable. Does this mean that a CD of the same album could easily sound better just because it does not need to be compromised?

"He talks about how they had to modify the sound of albums in the past so they would play on crappy turntables"

Really?  That sounds like a lot of marketing BS to me.  We didn't have quality TT and cartridges when Aja was recorded?  Color me cynical.