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  Harry Lavo
  One of original contributing technical editors of The Abso!ute Sound; graduate The Institute of Audio Research; fair amount of classical professional recording experience in late '60's to late '70's. Career other than audio has been in management and computer systems.
  Holyoke, MA, USA
  Five full range surround system; three Thiel 3.5's (center,LR,RR) and two 2 2's (FL,FR) driven by five Outlaw M200 200-300wpc monoblocks. Preamp is a kludged-together all-analog setup .. a Margules Daleth 5.1 Class A preamp, fed by a Zektor 5.1 and 2.0 switching relay, in turn fed by an old Audionics stero preamp (for phono, tape, and CD-R recording). These in turn are driven by either a Sony C2000ES SACD player or a Sony CS222ES SACD player (whichever happens to be working this month). DVD/DVD-A player is Pioneer 578a. Tuner is Carver TX-11a. Phono is Dual 701/Accuphase AC2/Marcoff PPA-2(modified). Tape decks are Onkyo MTR-12 1/2" (4-track 15 & 30ips)and MX5050 QBII 1/4" (4-track 7.5 & 15ips), Teac 4070 (7" 3.5/7.5ips), Nakamichi CR-1A, Panasonic 3700 DAT. Interconnects are mostly Monster 1000II with a few RS Gold thrown in; speaker cables are Purist Audio Water Cables (front) and RS Megacable 10 gauge (rears).

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 - Haitink          (14 of 15 found this review helpful)
  December 4, 2006

I bought this box set very soon after its release, after reading three reviews of the individual releases here on The reviews stressed the nuance and attention to dynamics and dance-like quality that I had heard Haitink bring to a performance of Mahler's First at Tanglewood this summer. ... more
Smetana: Má vlast - Davis          (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
  September 29, 2006

First Rate Ma Vlast on SACD This is an excellent performance of Smetana's six-movement tone poem, IMO the best available today on SACD. I'm really happy to have the complete work, rather than just "the Moldau". Sir Colin's conducting is lithe and dance-like where called for; appropriately dark and ... more
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 9 & 25 - Brendel          (13 of 14 found this review helpful)
  March 1, 2006

I am not a Mozart expert, so I'll leave most of the musical review to others. I'll give most of my comments to the sound. This CD impresses me as representing a really first class recording of an orchestra and piano, perhaps the best I own out of perhaps 50 classical SACDS. And it is coupled with ... more
Big Brother & the Holding Company: Cheap Thrills      (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  August 24, 2003

Have got to disagree with the gentlemen above, for on my system (five full range thiels and a SONY c333es in bypass mode, going straight into analog this disk is one of the most revealing 'surround" disks out there. When the disk opens, my room suddenly becomes electric with the subtle ambient cues ... more
Chopin: Polonaises - Pollini        (6 of 8 found this review helpful)
  July 4, 2003

Deutsch Gramaphone is not noted for its lifelike engineering, but when it comes to SACD they are doing something right. Of the several DG's I've heard, none have been bad and most much better sounding than their stereo cd versions. Moreover, they seem to be going back to the master tapes and ... more

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Sony scd-xe597
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Those who have heard it and its sister CE595 five-disk changer think they sound every bit as good as Sony's earlier CD/SACD line, of which the CE775 has become something of a classic. I don't think you'll go wrong. Harry P.s. I have Sony's ES line CE222ES in my main system, and picked up a CE775 used recently...I can attest to its sound quality. ... more
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