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Handruin

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Someone must have spent a lot of time to find all the clips where Brian Williams says all those words. Very funny and well done though.
They definitely did and there are many videos like this with him doing a variety of classic rap songs. There is a small mention in one of the interviews between Brian and Jimmy when he talks about the guy who spends all the time building this fun videos. He looks through some 5 years worth of reel clips with Brian.
 

ddrueding

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I've recently gotten hooked on live studio performances on YouTube. Something about watching it happen while a band/artist takes on the challenge of nailing a song in one go is really attractive to me.

[video]https://youtu.be/DV0TJZ7Kp40[/video]

The Radio 1 covers are particularly awesome.

[video]https://youtu.be/gCHMzYYYKiU[/video]

Go find Ben's cover of "Call Me Maybe", it is great as well.
 

time

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Ed Sheeran is a great performer - my neighbors saw him live earlier this year.

Live Lounge appears to be based on the long-running "Like A Version" slot on Australia's JJJ radio network. In near-unplugged conditions, artists perform one of their songs plus a cover of someone else's hit song.

Of course, most JJJ stuff is "alternative", although in my experience that often means they play what will be popular in one or two year's time.

Most artists are fairly loose in this situation, but I selected this original effort from Sticky Fingers to highlight how tight some bands can be, even at 8am on a Friday:

http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/media/s4192828.htm

You may want to select the "In Player" option.
 

time

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One of my own pet interests is comparing an artist's 'draft' version to the finished studio version. This was inspired by a solo recording that Jimi Hendrix made while he was working out how to play Voodoo Chile. I enjoyed listening to the amazing contrast of 8 minutes or so of his semi-acoustic explorations with the final fully produced cut.

Here's an example from the young, all-sisters band Stonefield; first just two members, totally unplugged, in a tram(!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HF-kEP8U1PI

And then, the complete 4-piece band all plugged in - you may be a bit surprised: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUhaDppM1B0

And a unique unplugged version from the band Kingswood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5T634wetzKc

Followed by the normal version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlEZ1H9fFfk
 

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I recently picked up the newest Adele album 25 on CD and I'm more impressed with this album than her last two from her creative music abilities. I recognize she's a talented artist but I couldn't really get into her previous two albums. There was something about the style of the music that didn't really jive with me and also how they were recorded on CD. There was something with the way the dynamic range or compression amount wasn't very clear to my own ears and seemed fairly crushed. In her latest album 25 there still isn't the desirable dynamic range one would hope for but I have been enjoying the music. Even with the low DR ranges, I still enjoy listening to her sing.

Code:
foobar2000 1.3.9 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2015-12-29 13:36:32

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Analyzed: Adele / 25
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DR         Peak         RMS     Duration Track
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DR5       -0.01 dB    -8.03 dB      4:55 01-Hello
DR6       -0.01 dB    -7.50 dB      3:43 02-Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
DR4       -0.01 dB    -6.12 dB      5:49 03-I Miss You
DR6       -0.01 dB    -9.06 dB      4:51 04-When We Were Young
DR5       -0.01 dB    -7.84 dB      4:05 05-Remedy
DR6       -0.42 dB    -7.17 dB      4:00 06-Water Under the Bridge
DR4       -0.01 dB    -6.43 dB      3:45 07-River Lea
DR5       -0.01 dB    -7.98 dB      4:46 08-Love In the Dark
DR8       -0.01 dB    -8.99 dB      3:47 09-Million Years Ago
DR5       -0.01 dB    -7.85 dB      4:32 10-All I Ask
DR5       -0.01 dB    -6.59 dB      4:12 11-Sweetest Devotion
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Number of tracks:  11
Official DR value: DR5

Samplerate:        44100 Hz
Channels:          2
Bits per sample:   16
Bitrate:           887 kbps
Codec:             FLAC
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I was also sent an email for a free download from Bowers & Wilkins titled The Lake Poets - Live From the Minster if anyone wants to check out some 24-bit 96Khz FLAC-encoded recording with exceptional dynamic range.

Code:
foobar2000 1.3.9 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2015-12-29 13:37:15

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Analyzed: The Lake Poets / Live from The Minster
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DR         Peak         RMS     Duration Track
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DR15      -0.48 dB   -19.82 dB      3:34 01-Rain
DR16      -0.48 dB   -18.61 dB      3:27 02-Your Face
DR14      -0.48 dB   -17.90 dB      2:50 03-Honest Hearts
DR18      -0.48 dB   -21.51 dB      3:16 04-Husks
DR10      -0.48 dB   -13.46 dB      4:45 05-Edinburgh
DR10      -0.48 dB   -13.86 dB      4:06 06-Windowsill
DR10      -0.48 dB   -12.47 dB      4:55 07-Dead Horses
DR10      -0.48 dB   -12.30 dB      5:12 08-See You Tonight
DR8       -0.48 dB   -11.37 dB      5:17 09-North View
DR15      -0.48 dB   -19.71 dB      4:34 10-Shipyards
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Number of tracks:  10
Official DR value: DR13

Samplerate:        96000 Hz
Channels:          2
Bits per sample:   24
Bitrate:           2787 kbps
Codec:             FLAC
================================================================================

Next up, I was gifted the latest album from Nickel Creek - A Dotted Line on CD. The album is fun but they've continued with more vocals vs instrumental songs. The quality of the recording is perky to my ears and enjoyable. This album offers decent dynamic range to allow for the vocals to sing through and the crispness of the natural string instruments.

Code:
foobar2000 1.3.9 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2015-12-29 13:38:31

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Analyzed: Nickel Creek / A Dotted Line
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DR         Peak         RMS     Duration Track
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DR8       -0.04 dB   -12.20 dB      3:40 01-Rest Of My Life
DR8        0.00 dB   -10.61 dB      3:51 02-Destination
DR9        0.00 dB   -13.22 dB      2:33 03-Elsie
DR8        0.00 dB   -11.21 dB      4:23 04-Christmas Eve
DR8        0.00 dB   -10.45 dB      3:18 05-Hayloft
DR9       -0.15 dB   -12.07 dB      2:47 06-21st Of May
DR9       -0.09 dB   -12.05 dB      4:42 07-Love Of Mine
DR10       0.00 dB   -12.07 dB      5:10 08-Elephant In The Corn
DR7        0.00 dB   -10.83 dB      2:50 09-You Don't Know What's Going On
DR10      -0.08 dB   -13.05 dB      4:44 10-Where Is Love Now
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Number of tracks:  10
Official DR value: DR9

Samplerate:        44100 Hz
Channels:          2
Bits per sample:   16
Bitrate:           791 kbps
Codec:             FLAC
================================================================================

I also dabbled into another artist called Old School Freight Train - Pickin' on Coldplay- A Bluegrass Tribute. This is a fun rendition to a variety of Cold Play songs and can easily be listened to while doing other kinds of mental work without too much distraction. There is a decent amount of dynamic range in the recording to give you some popping pleasures from the instruments. I do notice a bit more noise/hiss in this album compared to some others.

Code:
foobar2000 1.3.9 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2015-12-29 13:38:57

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Analyzed: Old School Freight Train / Pickin' on Coldplay: A Bluegrass Tribute
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DR         Peak         RMS     Duration Track
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DR12      -0.20 dB   -16.63 dB      7:36 01-Clocks
DR11      -0.10 dB   -12.93 dB      5:02 02-High Speed
DR11      -1.72 dB   -16.49 dB      6:13 03-Spies
DR13      -2.14 dB   -17.84 dB      4:11 04-In My Place
DR11      -0.10 dB   -12.34 dB      5:41 05-Yellow
DR11      -1.07 dB   -13.63 dB      3:25 06-Trouble
DR10      -2.61 dB   -15.43 dB      4:46 07-Shiver
DR11      -0.67 dB   -13.99 dB      7:42 08-God Put a Smile Upon Your Face
DR12      -1.99 dB   -16.97 dB      5:03 09-Sparks
DR11      -0.74 dB   -16.32 dB      4:17 10-The Scientist
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Number of tracks:  10
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate:        44100 Hz
Channels:          2
Bits per sample:   16
Bitrate:           734 kbps
Codec:             FLAC
================================================================================

Next up is the The Piano Guys - Live! album on CD. This fits in along the same lines as the Old School Freight Trains with easier to listen to music. They're fun covers of other artists and in this case a live recording with ample DR in some recordings to give you some depth.


Code:
foobar2000 1.3.9 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2015-12-29 13:53:28

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Analyzed: The Piano Guys / Live!
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DR         Peak         RMS     Duration Track
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DR6       -0.24 dB   -10.59 dB      1:11 01-The Piano Guys (introduction) (live)
DR6       -0.24 dB    -8.28 dB      4:13 02-Let It Go (live)
DR9       -0.24 dB   -11.50 dB      2:30 03-All of Me (live)
DR14      -1.45 dB   -20.80 dB      0:40 04-U2 Loop 'With or Without You' (introduction) (live)
DR6       -0.24 dB    -9.27 dB      4:53 05-With or Without You (live)
DR5       -0.24 dB    -8.91 dB      3:45 06-Without You (live)
DR15      -3.36 dB   -24.12 dB      0:24 07-Summer Jam (introduction) (live)
DR11      -0.33 dB   -14.97 dB      3:40 08-Summer Jam (live)
DR18      -4.03 dB   -25.62 dB      1:16 09-Fathers' Eyes (introduction) (live)
DR5       -0.24 dB    -8.38 dB      4:10 10-Fathers' Eyes (live)
DR5       -0.24 dB    -8.73 dB      5:23 11-Beethoven's 5 Secrets (live)
DR13      -1.30 dB   -20.29 dB      1:29 12-The Cello Song (introduction) (live)
DR7       -0.24 dB    -9.82 dB      3:23 13-The Cello Song (live)
DR13      -4.18 dB   -21.16 dB      1:07 14-The Mission / How Great Thou Art (introduction) (live)
DR12      -1.11 dB   -18.13 dB      3:28 15-The Mission / How Great Thou Art (live)
DR14      -5.40 dB   -24.26 dB      0:46 16-A Thousand Years (introduction) (live)
DR6       -0.24 dB   -10.85 dB      4:39 17-A Thousand Years (live)
DR4       -0.24 dB    -6.80 dB      4:27 18-Peponi (Paradise) (live)
DR5       -0.24 dB    -9.51 dB      3:51 19-What Makes You Beautiful (live)
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Number of tracks:  19
Official DR value: DR9

Samplerate:        44100 Hz
Channels:          2
Bits per sample:   16
Bitrate:           823 kbps
Codec:             FLAC
================================================================================
 

Handruin

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I forgot to add another one. I also have the CD from Dan Crary - Renaissance of the Steel String Guitar. There is some crisp detailed instrumentals in here with some lively feelings and good DR.

Code:
foobar2000 1.3.9 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2015-12-29 14:12:04

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Analyzed: Dan Crary / Renaissance of the Steel String Guitar
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DR         Peak         RMS     Duration Track
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DR12      -0.07 dB   -13.62 dB      3:47 01-Senso Unico
DR13       0.00 dB   -15.05 dB      3:48 02-In Flagrante
DR12      -0.57 dB   -15.51 dB      4:07 03-An Druimfhionn Donn Dilis, Toss the Feathers
DR11      -0.67 dB   -14.28 dB      4:37 04-Banderilla
DR12      -0.45 dB   -13.89 dB      3:39 05-Lobelia Blue
DR10      -0.10 dB   -12.42 dB      3:54 06-Hot Pursuit
DR12       0.00 dB   -13.87 dB      4:13 07-Cape Foulweather
DR11      -0.60 dB   -13.54 dB      3:34 08-Reedie's Blues
DR11      -0.10 dB   -13.47 dB      3:55 09-Rusticity
DR11      -0.10 dB   -13.86 dB      2:54 10-The Fermoy Lass, The Man of the House
DR10      -0.62 dB   -13.06 dB      4:04 11-The Jig is Up
DR12      -0.84 dB   -16.23 dB      4:37 12-E Lucevan Le Stella
DR11       0.00 dB   -12.51 dB      6:03 13-On the Fritz
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Number of tracks:  13
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate:        44100 Hz
Channels:          2
Bits per sample:   16
Bitrate:           830 kbps
Codec:             FLAC
================================================================================
 

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I already mentioned this one in post #67, but since we're talking about dynamic range and it's just so good.
Code:
foobar2000 1.3.6 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2015-12-29 15:42:33

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Analyzed: Anthony Gonzalez (M83) & Joseph Trapanese / Oblivion Score [18bit/96kHz 5.1]
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DR         Peak         RMS     Duration Track
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DR8       -5.71 dB   -29.76 dB      1:22 01-Jack's Dream
DR12      -0.95 dB   -18.97 dB      4:07 02-Waking Up
DR12      -0.92 dB   -18.31 dB      4:00 03-Supercell
DR13      -1.11 dB   -21.65 dB      6:06 04-Tech 49
DR12      -0.94 dB   -20.90 dB      3:31 05-The Library
DR13     -10.68 dB   -36.28 dB      2:35 06-Horatius
DR12      -1.05 dB   -23.42 dB      2:56 07-Starwaves
DR12      -1.02 dB   -20.52 dB      2:31 08-Hydrorig
DR11      -1.04 dB   -21.68 dB      1:33 09-Crater Lake
DR9      -17.55 dB   -36.74 dB      0:30 10-Lake Dream
DR12      -0.98 dB   -20.84 dB      3:12 11-Unidentified Object
DR12      -0.97 dB   -21.96 dB      2:43 12-Odyssey Rescue
DR11      -8.09 dB   -34.64 dB      2:35 13-Return from Delta
DR14      -0.96 dB   -24.61 dB      6:16 14-Retrieval
DR15      -0.92 dB   -24.41 dB      5:29 15-Revelations
DR13      -1.06 dB   -23.47 dB      6:41 16-Drone Attack
DR12      -1.00 dB   -20.09 dB      3:46 17-Return to Empire State
DR10      -1.01 dB   -15.05 dB      4:20 18-Losing Control
DR10      -0.61 dB   -16.80 dB      1:04 19-Canyon Battle
DR14      -1.10 dB   -22.61 dB      4:02 20-Radiation Zone
DR14      -1.21 dB   -25.23 dB      5:02 21-You Can't Save Her
DR9      -16.39 dB   -33.71 dB      2:09 22-Welcome Back
DR12      -5.89 dB   -27.97 dB      4:03 23-Raven Rock
DR11      -0.95 dB   -17.82 dB      4:30 24-Knife Fight In A Phone Booth
DR12      -1.92 dB   -22.77 dB      4:06 25-I'm Sending You Away, Pt. 1
DR12      -5.85 dB   -29.62 dB      1:38 26-I'm Sending You Away, Pt. 2
DR11      -0.99 dB   -19.22 dB      3:27 27-Ashes of Our Fathers
DR10      -2.11 dB   -20.23 dB      3:11 28-Temples of Our Gods
DR12      -0.93 dB   -17.63 dB      3:09 29-Fearful Odds
DR10     -14.39 dB   -37.10 dB      2:06 30-Undimmed by Time, Unbound by Death
DR11      -2.29 dB   -20.53 dB      4:38 31-Oblivion (ft. Susanne Sundfør)
DR12     -10.91 dB   -30.94 dB      1:27 32-End Credits
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Number of tracks:  32
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate:        96000 Hz
Channels:          6
Bits per sample:   24
Bitrate:           2800 kbps
Codec:             FLAC
================================================================================
 

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I guess I went a little overboard with dynamic range. I'm not feeling a 100% today. :) I must have missed tha tpost, I'll have to check out that track.
 

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I already mentioned this one in post #67, but since we're talking about dynamic range and it's just so good.
Code:
foobar2000 1.3.6 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2015-12-29 15:42:33

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Analyzed: Anthony Gonzalez (M83) & Joseph Trapanese / Oblivion Score [18bit/96kHz 5.1]
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DR         Peak         RMS     Duration Track
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DR8       -5.71 dB   -29.76 dB      1:22 01-Jack's Dream
DR12      -0.95 dB   -18.97 dB      4:07 02-Waking Up
DR12      -0.92 dB   -18.31 dB      4:00 03-Supercell
DR13      -1.11 dB   -21.65 dB      6:06 04-Tech 49
DR12      -0.94 dB   -20.90 dB      3:31 05-The Library
DR13     -10.68 dB   -36.28 dB      2:35 06-Horatius
DR12      -1.05 dB   -23.42 dB      2:56 07-Starwaves
DR12      -1.02 dB   -20.52 dB      2:31 08-Hydrorig
DR11      -1.04 dB   -21.68 dB      1:33 09-Crater Lake
DR9      -17.55 dB   -36.74 dB      0:30 10-Lake Dream
DR12      -0.98 dB   -20.84 dB      3:12 11-Unidentified Object
DR12      -0.97 dB   -21.96 dB      2:43 12-Odyssey Rescue
DR11      -8.09 dB   -34.64 dB      2:35 13-Return from Delta
DR14      -0.96 dB   -24.61 dB      6:16 14-Retrieval
DR15      -0.92 dB   -24.41 dB      5:29 15-Revelations
DR13      -1.06 dB   -23.47 dB      6:41 16-Drone Attack
DR12      -1.00 dB   -20.09 dB      3:46 17-Return to Empire State
DR10      -1.01 dB   -15.05 dB      4:20 18-Losing Control
DR10      -0.61 dB   -16.80 dB      1:04 19-Canyon Battle
DR14      -1.10 dB   -22.61 dB      4:02 20-Radiation Zone
DR14      -1.21 dB   -25.23 dB      5:02 21-You Can't Save Her
DR9      -16.39 dB   -33.71 dB      2:09 22-Welcome Back
DR12      -5.89 dB   -27.97 dB      4:03 23-Raven Rock
DR11      -0.95 dB   -17.82 dB      4:30 24-Knife Fight In A Phone Booth
DR12      -1.92 dB   -22.77 dB      4:06 25-I'm Sending You Away, Pt. 1
DR12      -5.85 dB   -29.62 dB      1:38 26-I'm Sending You Away, Pt. 2
DR11      -0.99 dB   -19.22 dB      3:27 27-Ashes of Our Fathers
DR10      -2.11 dB   -20.23 dB      3:11 28-Temples of Our Gods
DR12      -0.93 dB   -17.63 dB      3:09 29-Fearful Odds
DR10     -14.39 dB   -37.10 dB      2:06 30-Undimmed by Time, Unbound by Death
DR11      -2.29 dB   -20.53 dB      4:38 31-Oblivion (ft. Susanne Sundfør)
DR12     -10.91 dB   -30.94 dB      1:27 32-End Credits
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Number of tracks:  32
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate:        96000 Hz
Channels:          6
Bits per sample:   24
Bitrate:           2800 kbps
Codec:             FLAC
================================================================================
Is this version going to give me the same dynamic range?
 

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Is this version going to give me the same dynamic range?
Apparently not.
Code:
foobar2000 1.3.6 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2015-12-30 00:16:35

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Statistics for: Oblivion 2013 Full Original Soundtrack (Deluxe Edition)
Number of samples: 295457792
Duration: 1:51:40 
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                 Left              Right

Peak Value:      0.00 dB   ---      0.00 dB   
Avg RMS:       -12.59 dB   ---    -12.37 dB   
DR channel:      7.43 dB   ---      7.24 dB   
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Official DR Value: DR7

Samplerate:        44100 Hz
Channels:          2
Bitrate:           254 kbps
Codec:             AAC
================================================================================
 

DrunkenBastard

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So I picked up a pair of Sony z5 in-ear headphones, sweet baby jesus, makes me smile. I had Etymotic ER4s previously and they had tremendous isolation, but a very clinical sound. The z5s just make me tap my foot/nod my head. Next step - Pono player so I can use them in balanced mode.
 

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My previous dynamic range calculation was slightly incorrect. Like most lossy formats the floating point math can clip. After running it though AACgain and reducing the playback volume slightly to eliminate the clipping and re-running...
Code:
foobar2000 1.3.6 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2015-12-30 14:47:19

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Statistics for: Oblivion 2013 Full Original Soundtrack (Deluxe Edition)
Number of samples: 295457792
Duration: 1:51:40 
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                 Left              Right

Peak Value:     -1.14 dB   ---     -1.09 dB   
Avg RMS:       -14.09 dB   ---    -13.87 dB   
DR channel:      7.80 dB   ---      7.61 dB   
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Official DR Value: DR8

Samplerate:        44100 Hz
Channels:          2
Bitrate:           254 kbps
Codec:             AAC
================================================================================
So, it still doesn't have the dynamic range of the 5.1 version, but it's not quite as bad as my previous post suggested.
 
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