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I got mine today and yes, the disc does everything that it is claimed to be. Imaging is excellent, sound stage broad and it is a very clean master. Unlike some demo discs, the percussion is never aggressive even though the dynamics is very good.
The music is not particularly my cup of tea but this is one excellent demo of the technique.
My one only gripe about SACD is the crummy case. I have never received one in the post without a breakage, usually at the hinge, and this is the case.
Record producers should MAKE case manufacturers beef up the vulnerable hinge area.
The same is true for double CDs. None of the cases work well and dics regularly fall out, or the hinges get broken.
last week, and I was very impressed. Maybe not quite equalling my best LP's in terms of detail and warmth, but as I am pretty sure that there isn't another disc of any kind in my collection with the kind of huge, realistic soundstage this disc offers. I enjoy most of the music as well, with the exception of some of the choir tracks. I have an affinity with demo/test discs, and this is the best sounding one I've ever heard. Thanks Ray!
Open Your Ears....
I received mine last week. I found the presentation of the recording "venue" to among the best I have ever experienced. The percussion laden tracks including piano are excellent without being over the top. I would have liked to hear the same material played with several different micing location set ups to see how mic location translated in the reproduced final product. The choir tracks were interesting, but not my musical cup of tea.
This micing technique/technology seems to hold some promise. It would be interesting to try it in a few actual performance venues...ie..concert hall..jazz club..chamber... to see what a complete performance recording would be like with extended listening. That is one thing you don't get from this type of demonstration material.
it gaves me goosebumps when I heard him walinkg around my room....
The music material wasn't my "cup of beer" neither...oops! "tea" but it's crystal clear and clean as Clorox...
Thanks for the disc.
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