Since FFX has my favorite videogame soundtrack ever, I've been listening to some of the remastered music and I have to say that I have mixed feelings. Some of the songs have been improved, some are good enough, and others have been completely ruined.
Here's a couple that have been improved IMO:
The remaster takes the grandness of the original and amplifies it, making the song sound glorious.
I think getting rid of the loud harmonica part is an improvement. I also like how the remaster is gentler in general.
Here's one that comes close to the original, but falls just a little short:
The remaster sounds much cleaner, but loses a bit of depth IMO. It doesn't "envelop" me as much.
Here's one that I'm not sure if I like it better than original:
I like the intro of the original way better, but the rest of the song might be a little punchier in the remaster.
Here's one that's decent, but falls really short of the original:
It's way too busy and those violins are too dramatic for Besaid's atmosphere, but it still sounds pretty good.
Here's one they clearly fucked up:
Who thought it was a good idea to suck all the warmth out of the song, replacing it with a cold, tinny feeling. WTF?
Here's another one they downgraded:
So not only did they smother the melody with a bunch of noisy festive jangle, but they put some cheesy sounding horns starting at about 2:28. This original has a subtle hustle and bustle about it. The remaster goes way overboard.
Anyway, that's just a sample. What do you guys think?