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  1. Thanks so much for this article, Josh! As someone who grew up in SF during the Airplane’s heyday, I really appreciated all the insights you gave. I never thought Surrealistic Pillow had good sound quality, even on my substandard record-playing equipment at the time. Nevertheless, it’s still my favorite of theirs and, I think, their best.
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    Album of the Evening

    Agree 100%!
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    Album of the Evening

    Yes!!! And it really sounds great in the new remastering. (I have the 96/24 download.)
  4. Just listened to the 96/24 download of the 11th, and the transition between movements is completely seamless. Good sound and performance, too (with a couple of unusual touches). I still have a soft spot for Berglund (EMI), Haitink (Decca), and Stokowski (EMI), though.
  5. Thank you!!! I actually saw an “offer” price of just $14.50, so I nabbed it. It’s highly unlikely that it’ll be cheaper via HDtracks or ProStudioMasters.
  6. Yep—my situation exactly. Hoping the hi-res version will be made available to those of us in the US soon!
  7. Haven’t heard it yet. Still hoping to download a hi-res version. I really don’t want to download a CD-quality version, but I’ll do it if it turns out to be the only option.
  8. I’ve been eagerly anticipating this new recording, which was finally released on July 6. But it appears that, unlike previous releases in the series, no hi-res downloadable version has been made available (at least on HDtracks, ProStudioMasters, and Presto). Does anyone have inside information on why this is so? I can’t believe that it was recorded in 44.1/16 only.
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    Album of the Evening

    One of the all-time great Eroicas and an excellent remastering job by Sony, taming the steeliness/edginess from previous CD incarnations. (I got the 24/192 download from HDtracks.)
  10. Excellent info -- many thanks, Jared!!! (I think I'll try the DXD version.) Russell
  11. Reviving this old thread since the recording in question (Mendelssohn's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream') has finally been released on NativeDSD.com (https://channelclassics.nativedsd.com/albums/37418-mendelssohn-overture-and-incidental-music-to-a-midsumer-nights-dream). I see that it's been released in all three DSD resolutions (64, 128, 256) as well as in DXD. The question is: which version to download? Which version (Grimm or Horus, 64fs or 256fs) was ultimately used? To further confuse matters, clicking 'tech specs' on the page reveals that the recording type & bit rate was 64fs. Can anyone connected with Channel (Brian, Tom, Ted) respond?
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    Audirvana Plus 3 (official thread)

    I’ve been able to play DSD256 without issue (aside from the occasional dropout) on my MacBook Pro via DoP. No special drivers or firmware needed.
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    Audirvana Plus 3 (official thread)

    I've also got an early-2011 MBP (see my signature) and have experienced similar dropouts with DSD files. (I've reported on this here several times in the past, with no satisfactory explanation as to the cause.) It is worse with higher-rate DSD files (DSD128 and DSD256). Very recently I got a new amp/DAC to replace my Chord Mojo: a Sony TA-ZH1ES. I've noticed that even with DSD256 files, the dropouts have been MUCH reduced. This now makes me wonder whether the dropouts are just coincidental or whether they are related to how the DAC implements/processes DSD. I haven't played a lot of DSD files with my new DAC so far, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
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    Album of the Evening

    As long as we're all jumping on the Haydn bandwagon, here's one of my favorites. I defy anyone to listen to the final movement of 88 and keep still. (There's also a great 'live' video on YouTube of Lenny with the Wieners--the basis for this CD recording--conducting the last movement with his face alone!)
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    Album of the Evening

    Thank you for this posting! Somehow this album (and pianist) eluded me when it was released a couple of years ago, as I'm usually very keen on new recordings of 'Gaspard de la Nuit'. I got the 96/24 download yesterday and just listened to it today--pretty fantastic, and dare I say the most exciting recording of Gaspard since Pogorelich's (and in much better sound).