User Details - Chris


  Chris Fredriksson
  Photographer and freelance writer.
  Musical Fidelity KW 550 amp modded. Chord Hugo DXD capable and DSD 128 capable DAC. Copland CTA 501 Valve amplifier Martin Logan Sequel II Electrostatic speakers, Sennheiser HD 800 headphones
Xindak SCD-2 "modded" valve stereo only SACD player.
Philips 963SA MCH SACD/DVD player
Musical Fidelity X-Can V3 valve Headphone amp/M1HPA Class A headphone amp
Musical Fidelity X-PSU V3 power supply unit
Musical Fidelity X-LPS V3 phono unit
Linn Sondek LP 12 with Supex mC cartridge
Macbook Pros with Dacport 24/96 DAC and Hegel HD20 24/192 capable FOR hi rez pcm downloads.Benchmark DAC2HGC combined DAC and headphone and preamp that also plays DSD ie dff files natively.Chord Hugo DAc
SSD hardrive into one of my Macbooks recently surprisingly raised SQ yet another notch.

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 - Fischer          (7 of 15 found this review helpful)
  August 10, 2009

In my latest review of Mahler´s 4th, also on Channel Classics, I really slipped into both ”deep Zen Mood and babble mode!” I will try to be a bit more brief and to the point, in this review. Once again , Magic has happened! A new recording of this standard repertoire work has made me almost ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 4 - Fischer          (4 of 11 found this review helpful)
  August 2, 2009

Anybody here wants a return ticket to HEAVEN? Here is probably one of the best offers you could ever expect to get! I am absolutely up in the clouds over this disc! Here is why! Ok ,first of all, I must admit that I too raised an eybrow or two at the first playing during those first bars . But ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 4 - Reiner        (12 of 13 found this review helpful)
  August 25, 2005

This is in my opinion one of the VERY BEST Living Stereos so far! And we have already had quite a few good ones. I find both the interpretation by Reiner,the playing by the CSO and the recording by Lewis Layton, absolutely outstanding! Reiner lets us hear exactly what Mahler wrote no more, no ... more
David Chesky: Violin, Flute Concertos - Area 31        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  May 28, 2005

While basically agreeing with "raffel's" review I'm not quite as enthusiastic about this disc as he obviously is.And I see no reason to downgrade other discs. It is quite interesting music yes. And very well ,albeit a bit closely recorded, with solo instruments violin and flute,very close ... more
Brahms: Symphony No. 3, Serenade No. 2 - Haitink          (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  May 13, 2005

This SACD from LSO Live ,as "nickc",rightly pointed out in his review, is a bit of a mixed bag. The Serenade is better recorded than the Symphony,different balance engineers. But on the other hand I find the Serenade a rather boring exercise piece that I won't listen to very often. The third ... more

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Beethoven: Symphonies 5 & 7 - Honeck
November 21, 2015
Hello Castor, Not worry chicken curry, a good review as usual,and the incorrect information is obviously supplied with all the SACDs in this series so far. But Mark Donahue has stated that they record in DSD 256 since quite a while it seems. But there is some contradictory information. The recent Mahler 1 for example is supposedly a DXD recording ... more
New Esoteric SACD Release in December 2015
November 20, 2015
I have seen them as hi res downloads for much less! I also have most of them on DGG LPs and imo there are better Mozart recordings both musically and SQ wise from other sources. I am pretty sure Esoteric have used the same 24/96 files as the downloads for their SACDs. ... more
Beethoven: Symphonies 5 & 7 - Honeck
November 20, 2015
It seems Graham Williams here does like it though,and I rarely disagree with him. But I think he got one thing a bit wrong in his review this time,possibly even two things. I think the last movement of the 7th should really go as fast as the players are capable of playing it and still articulate without stumbling over all those notes they have to ... more
Discussion: Liszt: Piano Concertos - Kantorow, Kantorow
November 4, 2015
One pianist who at least according to his own by the way, very interesting autobiography, actually confessed to skippping,glossing over and missing a note here and there at times was Arthur Rubenstein. And there was actually a recording from EMI Karajan Bruckner's 7th that had a couple of bars missing on its first release on LP Poppycocks! HA HA! ... more
Discussion: Mahler: Symphony No. 6 - Karajan
November 4, 2015
I have the LP set since it was released and like it a lot. Musically it is my favourite Mahler 6th. I know the 5th has been released as a hi res download most probably from the 24/96 pcm remaster of the original analogue tapes. Karajan's Mahler 5 is also the best played recording imho. In the mid/late 70s they were the world's best orchestra and ... more