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My first "Faure" back into 16 bit...it's literally been a Decade

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Posted on January 24, 2017 at 18:02:16
jdaniel@jps.net
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I don't care for any of the high-res Faure Chamber music available at the moment, so I downloaded Hyperion's Domus Quartet in 16 bit.

I've always loved their performances of Faure and I recall the recording being unusually high-quality.

Well, the performance was as satisfying as ever, but the sound was as flat as a pancake.

24 bit (or DSD) sampling absolutely does not guarantee a "perfect" or superior recording, and 16 bit doesn't guarantee a "bad," lifeless recording, but man--I remember Hyperion being the standard-bearer for sound. Just my humble observation.

Is hi-res a scam? I'll have to download a few more must-have recordings from the 80's before taking a side in the argument.

 

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RE: My first "Faure" back into 16 bit...it's literally been a Decade, posted on January 24, 2017 at 19:44:11
Kal Rubinson
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Try Hyperion's Faure Piano Trio (along with the Ravel and Debussy) by the Florestan Trio.

 

RE: My first "Faure" back into 16 bit...it's literally been a Decade, posted on January 24, 2017 at 20:14:45
jdaniel@jps.net
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Thanks, very familiar with that one over the years but my current love affair is with Trio Wanderer's Faure.

 

RE: My first "Faure" back into 16 bit...it's literally been a Decade, posted on March 16, 2017 at 23:59:46
fantja
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Agreed,
most of the time, 16-bit, is more than acceptable.

 

RE: My first "Faure" back into 16 bit...it's literally been a Decade, posted on March 18, 2017 at 08:47:33
Felixer
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I must second Kal Robinson's excellent recommendation of the Fauré Piano Trio (Hyperion SACD) with the Florestan Trio. If memory serves, it is a pure DSD recording, and one of the earliest too (1999)!

 

RE: My first "Faure" back into 16 bit...it's literally been a Decade, posted on March 18, 2017 at 09:59:23
Kal Rubinson
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Thanks but Robinson Rubinson.

 

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