Tuesday, August 30, 2011

August 6, 2011 The Gorge, George, WA Sources Review

Hey folks, sorry for the delay.  Getting my daughter started in school has taken WAY more out of me than I had anticipated.  However, I am still dedicated to keeping you guys up to date with the best sources around.  This second night at the Gorge was just fantastic and is a must listen.  So again, sorry it took me so long to get you guys this review.  There were four different sources posted for this night, with 3 available as 24 bit, 1 just as 24 bit.  Thanks again to the tapers who go out there every night and get these amazing pulls and share them with us.

Source 1 (hereafter VM44 source)
Source: Milab VM-44 Link (omni) -> Lunatec V2 -> Tascam DR-680 (24/48)
Location: 25’ split at front corners of soundboard, 9.5’ high
Transfer: sdhc card -> AudioGate (16/44) -> CD Wave -> FLAC (6)

16 bit source

Source 2 (hereafter MK4v source)
Source: Schoeps mk4v> KC5> M222> NT222> Aeta PSP-3> SD 744t (@24bit/96kHz)
Location: FOB, DFC, NOS, 6' Stand
Transfer: SD 744t> Samplitude SE 9.1.1(dither/resample)> CDWave> flac(16/44.1)

16 bit source
24 bit source

Source 3 (hereafter AK40 source)
Source: Neumann Ak 40's(NOS) > Lc3 > Km100 > Aerco Mp2 > Sd 702 @ 24/48
Location: FOB/DFC
Transfer: Cf Card > Wavelab 6.0 > Resample, Uv22 Hr dither >
Cd Wave > TLH > 16/44 FLAC

16 bit source
24 bit source

Source 4 (hereafter KM140 source) ***24 bit only***
Source: Neumann KM140s > Sound Devices MP2 > Edirol R09 (24/48)
Location: FOB
Transfer: WAV > CD Wave > Audition (fades) > FLAC24

24 bit source

Phish - 8/6/11 "Run Like An Antelope" from Phish on Vimeo.

The VM-44 source sounds a bit distant compared to the other sources and is a bit muddy in the low-end.  It doesn't have the punch of the MK4v or AK40 source either.

As with the previous night, the MK4v gets my nod as best source.  The low-end is excellent, though perhaps a touch overpowering, the high-end is quite crisp and the subwoofer kicks hard when I turn it up.

The AK40 source is, like the MK4v source, very punchy.  However, the high-end isn't as nice as the MK4v.

The KM140 source is very crisp. The low-end isn't nearly as punchy as the MK4v or AK40, however, the high-end is very nice.  The separation is also quite excellent.  Given that this source is only available in 24 bit and that the low-end just doesn't have the punch of the other sources, I have to give the nod to the MK4v.  If bass isn't your thing, by all means go with this source.  It does sound quite good.

Happy listening!

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