I'm sure there are many Queen fans out there. And I'm very sure someone has already made this comparison before. Since I just received my DVD-A of ANatO, I thought it would be interesting to see if anyone has any outstanding opinions about it, as well as comparing it to the rest of the ANatO remasters. As far as I know, I'm missing two major releases: the UK Remasters (were they issued by Capitol? Can't remember) and the Japanese Remasters. Here are the editions I have for comparison: - Hollywood Records remastered edition (1991). - Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UltraDisc II (1991). - Digital Compact Classics (2000). - DTS DVD-A (2002) (which I could only listen to in DTS 96/24). First impressions: Hollywood Records' edition is the worst of them all, by far. No contest here. Try listening to the ending bars of '39. You will be surprised to hear the tape warbling and then suddenly almost dropping out. To call this a "remaster" is certainly being generous to it, since this is *not*, by any means, a master tape. Bass is loose, highs are shrill, and the entire recording sounds as if it was recorded back in '75. Oh, wait. It was MoFi's version is a lot better, by comparison. If I remember correctly, this version was recorded from a master tape Brian May had stored in his personal collection. If he actually was involved in the DTS surround sound mix, maybe he re-used this tape again. Highly doubtful, though. Sound quality is a bit better - bass goes deeper, is a lot more controlled, and the whole thing sounds a bit nicer, but not by a lot. Thankfully, there are no tape drop-outs or any other extraneous noises. Distortion is readily apparent on the Bohemian Rhapsody track. DCC's remastered edition is the one I haven't used a lot. Bass is completely explosive, taut and fast. I'm surprised, actually, at the difference between the MoFi edition and this one - it's a lot bassier. Maybe an EQ was involved. Then again, maybe not. The album is a bit clearer than the MoFi, and distortion is more noticeable. DTS' "remake" has me thinking. A lot. Do you like the Mini Cooper, or the "New" Mini Cooper? Well, that's the difference I see between DTS' version and the rest of them. I can't understand why DTS can't leave well enough alone. They simply destroyed "De doo doo doo, de da da da" on the Every Breath you Take DTS CD, as well as "Every little thing she does is magic". They remind me of the Hollywood remasters where songs are "ruined by Rick Rubin". Leave well enough alone, I say. Still, Roy Thomas Baker (the original producer) and Brian May (Queen's guitarist) were involved in the new mixes, so I decided to give them a try. What a difference. No, really. I'm tempted to say many parts were actually re-recorded, since they are *so* clear. Death on two legs (dedicated to...) is a completely different sounding track. The cleanest of them all, with a lot more separation, sweet, smooth highs, and best of all, the layering. Now, many people believe that DTS has worse-sounding audio than a CD. Why? "Because the sound is compressed!", they will cry out. Listen here... I respect your stance on uncompressed audio, and I support it fully. But you can't argue with physics here. A 128 KB/sec MP3 file will sound better than a same sized file using uncompressed PCM sound. Period. Likewise, my experience with DTS encoded CDs is that they almost always (with the exception of the terrible "Days of Future Passed" DTS Music Disc) sound better than the PCM CD. So I do believe DTS Audio Discs can and sound better than their PCM counterparts. Still, I don't know about this one. Bohemian Rhapsody, although being mock opera, sounds completely unrealistic. Which might be a good thing, after all, the original mix was made by splicing the record over the left and right channels. I'm sure the gang would have mixed it in surround sound given the chance. But to reinterpret a classic... bad idea. Remixing the songs, adding new sound snippets (choruses, for example, are a lot more apparent in lots of tracks) and generally altering the product are the reason I cannot state whether this is a better product than the DCC or MoFi discs. The previous ones are the real thing. The DTS album might just be a novelty. Just like the new Mini might only be a passing fad. Only time will tell, I think.