I still remember the first time I heard this recording. I was strolling into the branch of Tower Records in 1990, and walked into the Classical Music section, and they were playing this disc. I was totally enthralled by the recording, and this started by journey with early music.
Originally released under the Hyperion label, the price has now been reduced under the budget Helios label.
Link to the Album at Hyperion Records
I was a bit shocked when I heard that Arcam had been sold to Harman International. This led me to think about the days of my nascent interest in high fidelity. It also made me realise that none of the brands that I bought from, to build my first audio set-up, remain in their original form. I had a Cambridge Audio CD3 compact disc player, which was one of the best sounding players at that time (Cambridge Audio is now owned by Audio Partnership), the Audiolab 8000C/P pre-amplifer/power amplifier c
I am a big Raidohead fan.
They use quirky percussion tracks.
They do not resolve chords in a traditional way.
They give concerts in Israel despite the outrage of people who should know better.
They are a counter argument to those who say there has not been any good (or at least interesting) music produced since 1969.
Apple hates audiophiles. They have made Billions off of iTunes, but deep down inside their cold, code driven hearts they hate us. They are bloodless, they don't enjoy music except as an entry on their accounts receivable ledger. They don't enjoy sex because it can't be monetized in a family-friendly environment. Every update that is spewed from Cupertino is just an excuse to damage the free flow of music through our assorted DACs. One update kills W4S DAC-2, the next update is unwittingly ta
I was just reminded of a Gene Pitney Greatest Hits CD I have, which was purchased for almost nothing at a flea market - one of those 'no name' European efforts that, ummm, are really legit ... . And it's a shocker - from needle drops, and the gorilla who did it decided that it needed noise reduction to "improve it" - the latter was done in such a clumsy and obvious way that normally it renders many of the songs almost unlistenable - the massive level and noise pumping artifacts from the crudenes
Source material matters. Why spend extra money to hear something that was poorly recorded?
Point being - if it is a good or outstanding recording, then it will sound wonderful without hocus pocus.
If the recording is substandard, then why bother with additional processing? I have six copies of "Exile on Mainstreet" : Vinyl, CD, SACD, Japanese flat transfer, whatever.
It all sounds like it was recorded in a basement somewhere in Southern France. In short, all copies, all media
I just got back from a long(ish) sea voyage. Los Angles to Hawaii and back. Very enjoyable.
When I got home, I turned on the music system. I was struck by how good the music sounded.
I am guessing that a break from my normal listening habits gave my ears a rest.
If you find yourself not enjoying your music as much as you know you should.
Take a break
I mentioned that I'm not alone in pursuing a certain quality in the reproduction, and I was just inspired to point to posts and other material that echo what I have to say ... here is the first:
Right, into the meat ...
First of all, there is a blog at http://artofaudioconjuring.blogspot.com.au/, same name, which largely documents the optimising of my current audio project - and other random thoughts. That is intended to be developed over time, but for various reasons my activity there has lapsed - to be continued!
Here, in this blog, I will expound some more on my philosophy and viewpoints, to counterbalance what may be discussed in threads on this forum.
I recently replaced the bridge rectifiers with CREE SiC Schotty diodes in my Vega DAC and then Antipodes DX music server with very positive results. Mainly enhanced resolution, better space, blacker backgrounds, wider soundstaging and removal of glare. I had read some very old posts that advised against using Schottky diodes for audio power amps but these posts were ten years old so after getting good results from my front end I took a leap that these newer CREE SiC diodes would deliver in my Kr
After some time with Wordpress I've decided to move my blog to their platform at Melvin's Foolish Things. I have no interest in maintaining 2 blogs and unfortunately I've been unable to edit or delete the posts here (which have been tweaked/updated on Wordpress). Thanks for having a look.
This USB configuration has been in place in my system since November 2016, so I'm just catching up with this BLOG post, but I think there are a few things worth saying about it.
After fooling around with Regens and various USB cables, and with a lot of input from CA Forum experimenters reporting their experiences, last Fall I came to the conclusion that a galvanic isolator like the Intona, followed by a USB ‘cleaner’ like a Regen, and then the best short cable (Curious) I know of, was probab
Intona is a great piece and they have indeed a great service, for a "poluted PC" it does a great job
I used to have one intona and after that 2 regen in series with linear power supplies.
I put that in the garage, because I found this amazing device the 3R by ideon audio.
I also use 2 in series but with one you get 85% of the improvement
It is cheaper than the intona, and works way better [than the regen as well]
I had noticed a small storefront up the street about two blocks from where I live. I decided to drop in and chat with the guy.
I met Sasa Malkoc, a Bosnian man who has lived here in Charlotte for over 20 years, and I could tell by the stuff stacked floor to ceiling, that I had found "The Man" when it comes electronics repairs.
I told him of my poor Yamaha RX-350 and it's scratchy right channel, and he said, "No problem, I can fix it better than New" I asked the price, because being th
The iFi nano iDSD LE arrived Thursday, and my initial impression is that the sound stage is more expansive and the loudspeakers disappear.
When I close my eyes, I see the musicians in their places on stage.
The Music is magical, and once again, I am hearing these recordings for the First Time, despite listening to the same passages for years.
My standard reference recordings, "Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition" by Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Pink Floyd's "Dark Side