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In Reply to: RE: OK - so I just listened to the 6-minute DSD256 excerpt posted by Fitzcaraldo215 on July 12, 2017 at 15:54:19
Down below I brought up the comparison of multi mike recordings vs the old 3 mike recordings. Also the old recordings were done analog with tube mikes and tube recorders. Remember my listening is 2 channel. I sampled a bunch of Ivan Fischer Channel recordings on Tidal. Mahler, Wagner, Bruckner, and Stravinsky. There definitely is a house sound. I then listened to a Mercury Anatal Dorati recording mainly of Stravinsky. I much prefered the Mercury. More presence,greater dynamics and much better hall ambience. The channel sounds laid back with much less dynamics. Remember I spent my recording career using all analog tube equipment and when I did record classical orchestras I used the 3 mike Decca tree arrangement. Just my opinions. Also I don't necessarily believe it is a digital thing. More of an engineering thing. I have heard some great digital. Professor Johnsons Reference recordings for instance. Also Brothers in arms.
. . . the dynamics and hall ambience. I'm sure that at least part of this impression is accounted for by the two-channel vs. five-channel systems each of us is experiencing the performances through. Was the Mercury Stravinsky recording you listened to the Dorati/LSO Firebird? The general consensus is that that's one of the best recordings Mercury ever made. (BTW, I think I have about 75% of all the Mercury recordings which were issued on CD or SACD, plus a couple of the Plangent-process hi-rez downloads which derived from the later volumes of the big Mercury boxes, such as the Tchaikovsky Suites with Dorati and the New Philharmonia Orchestra, the Paray/Detroit Organ Symphony, etc.)
All other things being equal however, yes, I do prefer more minimally microphoned recordings, and in that sense I agree with you. Minimally microphoned multi-channel recordings, such as the ones on the Nishimura label (NLA unfortunately), have been produced - but even here, not all of these recordings hit the sonic bulll's eye! OTOH, I have to say that multi-microphoned recordings have gotten better and better over the years, and I generally find the ones made in the last decade or so to be quite enjoyable.
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