Let me start off by saying YUK! I do not like this master. I went into listening to it with no pre-conceptions. I came out of listening to it with the feeling that there was a veil that was put over my audio system. I think it was because the high end and midrange were severely limited, it seemed to me. On the outer cover of the CD it says and I quote "The original dynamic range of this recording was not maximized, brickwalled, limited or compressed in any way during remastering." I would agree with this statement that the dynamics were not compressed during the remastering. But, Steve Hoffman definately did not align the tape heads (or something similar) to cause the midrange and high end of this recording to be severely limited. I thought there was a problem with one of my components when "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" started. It may be their "proprietary analog to digital converter which reinforces the resolution of the original masters adding a 'true breath of life' to the music" that made this master sound the way it does. Whatever it was that cut out the midrange and high end, it destroyed the sound.
After I finished listening to the rest of the album, I went and got my West German first pressing of this CD and put "Hearts" on to do an A/B test of the song. Needless to say, the West German first pressing was much better than the remastered Audio Fidelity CD. The veil had been lifted and the audio sounded better. Although, the high end was a tad harsh, but at least it had a high end.:D Anyway, if you were thinking about buying the Audio Fidelity version of YES's 90125 don't bother. Instead look for the West German first pressing of the CD as the mastering is much better than the Audio Fidelity CD. I hope not all the Audio Fidelity CDs are this badly mastered, I will have to listen to the next Audio Fidelity CD I buy before I actually buy it. I would suggest you do the same.