I am a huge RUSH fan. I have been disappointed by the way RUSH remasters have sounded before.
I have owned the vinyl , the 1997 remasters , the MOFI remasters , the Japanese SHM-CDs and now ALL of these 3 SECTOR box sets.
I have listened to ALL of the 2011 RUSH remasters on my full stereo. 4 speaker , extended stereo is the best way to hear these remasters. However , 2 speakers are just fine. I listened to all of of these remasters on my full stereo...
...NOT through MP3s on my computer.
NOT by listening to what some web site may have told me.
NOT through some one else agenda fulled soft ware on my computer.
I am very , very HAPPY to write now that these RUSH / SECTOR remastered regular CDs are the BEST sounding RUSH remasters that they have ever released!!!
This is NOT just another record company rip-off. I will never have to buy these regular RUSH / CDs , again.
Imagine if , STEVE WILSON , of the band Porcupine Tree [sound engineer for the 40th Anniversary of TULL's / AQUALUNG and some , King Crimson] remixed and remastered , RUSH?
Also , imagine if , JAMES GUTHRIE [the 2011 PINK FLOYD , remasters] also remastered RUSH , a long with the people who remastered , The BEATLES , remasters?
What would those RUSH 2011 Sector remasters , sound like???
The regular 2011 / RUSH CDs were remastered for stereo by sound engineer , ANDY VanDETTE , at Masterdisc , New York.
Just another great sound engineer who believes that you can make louder and fantastic sounding remasters with out compression over load.
These RUSH remasters are a little louder / much cleaner and much clearer sounding than the 1997 remasters. By far!!!
Like with STEVE WILSON's 40th Ann. of AQUALUNG , Alex's guitars jump out of your speakers. NEIL's and JOHN's drumming are crystal clear. Geddy's voice , bass and keyboards are in perfect balance with everything else. NO harsh or muddy sounding CDs , any more.
Also , what really makes these RUSH remasters sooooooo great is that you now can clearly hear all of the talking parts and their special sound effects with out having to lean in towards your speakers or by having to turn up your speakers to massive ear splitting volumes.
This comes in very handy when listening to , Fly By Night [By-Tor] , Caress Of Steel [The Necromancer] , 2112 , A Farewell To Kings [Xanadu / Cygnus X-1] , HEMISPHERES , SIGNALS [Countdown / Subdivisions] ect...
What is also very impressive is how excellent the keyboards and synths sound in albums like , POWER WINDOWS , SIGNALS , HOLD YOUR FIRE and GRACE UNDER PRESSURE , ect...
No more muddy sounding CDs. Just perfect balance.
These regular CDs are louder but NOT any thing as loud as their , VAPOR TRAILS / CD. NO clipping here. These are not so called "loudness war" victims.
Don't listen to any of the SH , nay sayers. Find out how excellent these remasters sound for yourself.
The 5.1 audio DVDs are also worth every penny. The remastered LIVE album CDs also sound soooo fantastic it is like YOU where there.
These CDs are in the bigger size JAPANESE card board mini albums. Some are in a double album format , just like the ordinal albums.
Each SECTOR box set contains a long booklet with ALL of the lyrics , all of the album art and pictures.
If you want to hear RUSH at it's very best , 5 newly remastered CDs , 1 DVD + 1 booklet for each SECTOR box set all for about $50 dollars each , then get 1 of these box sets and then go from there. You will not be disappointed.
If you liked The BEATLES , 2011 / PINK FLOYD , JETHRO TULL's / 2011 , 40th Anniversary of Aqualung [STEVE WILSON] , remastered versions , you will just love these RUSH / SECTOR remasters.
RUSH , finally sounds fantastic on CD!!!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS , RUSH fans.