Thread: What is the worst sounding SACD you own?

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Post by rammiepie April 25, 2012 (11 of 55)
SNOOP said:

Maybe I should treat them to some fine wine and truffles.

Well, Snoop, when I read that this disc or that disc sounded dreadful and from first hand experience I am not at all disappointed (well, maybe initially before treatment) then I would really start to wonder if those shiny pricey discs out the box need some type of assistance.......which I am willing to give them.

Why put a disc on e~bay because of what is perceived as having poor SQ when, in reality, a little "work" (and WORK is a dirty word to many lazy, lazy, lazy people out there) will benefit the SQ of said disc?????????????

And it works remarkable wonders for Blu~Ray SQ and PQ, as well!

Snoop, you can have all the fine wine and truffles when the work is DONE and thus admire the fruits of your labors.

Post by DSD April 25, 2012 (12 of 55)

Post by Nagraboy April 25, 2012 (13 of 55)
One of the strangest discs I own is the Telarc Mussorgsky Pictures At An Exhibition, which Teresa is ecstatic about.

It seems to sound very quiet so I have to turn the volume up more than usual, yet even though it's sounds quiet, the meters on my Nagra amplifiers are indicating more power output than any other disc.

Very unusual and I don't play it now because I'm worried about my amps and speakers being damaged by it. Headphones only if ever again.

Maybe it just has a very wide dynamic range and very deep bass, but I'm giving it a miss now.

PS. Haven't had any weird experiences with other Telarc discs.

Post by DSD April 25, 2012 (14 of 55)
Lain the MFSL LP has excellent bass and is one of the best sounding MFSL's IMHO. I didn't get The Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed because I didn't want all the worthless (to me) extra's spread over two SACDs when the album is only 42 minutes long.

Post by Cicero April 25, 2012 (15 of 55)
Not necessarily the worst, but this one never worked for me (harsh sound, close-up perspective):

Hans-Werner Henze: Symphony No. 8 - Stenz (Henze/Stenz).

There are many others I do not much care about, even though they are not necessarily bad-sounding. But I miss a realistic front-to-back perspective in, e.g.,

Bach: Keyboard Concertos 1 - Hewitt/ACO

Bach: Keyboard Concertos 2 - Hewitt/ACO

Shostakovich/Shchedrin: Piano Concertos - Marc-André Hamelin

where I find the soloists unduly spotlit and the ensembles relegated to the background. But then, others here have raved about these recordings, and anyway I would not call them "the worst I own".

Post by flyingdutchman April 25, 2012 (16 of 55)
The worst to me is the Hyperion Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos set.

Post by Fugue April 25, 2012 (17 of 55)

Post by Hitters April 25, 2012 (18 of 55)
Fugue said:

Borodin Vol.2--very scratchy string tone. Borodin: String Quartet No. 2, Cello Sonata, Piano Quintet - Prazak Quartet

Yes, stringent string tone, not very pleasant

Post by DSD April 25, 2012 (19 of 55)
Nagraboy yes Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition etc. - Järvi is my favorite recording of all time. Unlike emaidel I love all the Paavo Järvi recordings and find none of them muddy or excessively bass-heavy in my system or any I heard at CES or T.H.E. Show, instead I find them very realistic with warm, deep bass like I hear live. I do find Bernstein: Candide Overture, West Side Story etc. - Bernstein excessively bass-heavy but recommend it nevertheless.

Post by tailspn April 25, 2012 (20 of 55)
audioholik said:

Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture - Gergiev

What didn't you like about it? Did you like any of the other tracks on the SACD?

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