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  46 years old
jazz and classical music
  Sony SCD-XA777ES
Oppo BDP-93
Electrocompaniet ECD-1 DAC

Scheu Premier MkIII turntable with SME 309 arm + Benz ACE L cartridge and Scheu Classic 12" arm with Denon DL103R cartridge

Electrocompaniet ECP-1 phono stage

Electrocompaniet EC4.7+AW120 pre + power amp

Dynaudio Contour s3.4 speakers

Audio Valve RKV II headphone amp
AKG K1000 headphones

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Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong: Ella and Louis        (10 of 11 found this review helpful)
  June 5, 2012

I compared this 4th SACD release of the 1956 "Ella and Louis" album to the japanese hybrid SACD from 2004 (UCGU-7039) The difference is quite important. At first, the japanese SACD sounds much more detailled and forward, but this is due to a big upper treble boost compared to the Analogue ... more
Sugar Hill: The Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  April 28, 2010

As with most Chesky "New York Sessions" SACDs, this is a very realistic recording. It sounds somehow dryer, more studio-like than previous sessions. On other sessions recorded in St. Peter's Episcopal Church, NYC, there is more natural reverb and the drums sound a little too distant for my ... more
Bill Evans: At the Montreux Jazz Festival        (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  May 26, 2008

This is the 1968 Bill Evans trio (Eddie Gomez, bass, Jack DeJohnette, drums) in top form, IMHO his best recording from the late 60's. There is great interplay between Evans as Eddie Gomez, almost like with Scott LaFaro in the early 60's. The recording was made by Swiss radio technicians and sounds ... more
Art Pepper: The Way It Was!        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  March 25, 2008

Having another Art Pepper Contemporary album on SACD is great, but the choice of this album is unexpected and questionable, because it is a 1972 compilation of previously unreleased material, released during Pepper's long hiatus. It is comprised of a 1956 session with Warne Marsh and several ... more
Lee Konitz: DiG DuG DoG        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  March 7, 2008

This early (1999) single layer SACD release has now become a rare item. I bought it recently at a normal price ($20) on Ebay. The disc comes in a thick digipak box and an japanese/english booklet. It's great to finally have the lyrics to "Body and Soul" and "I got it bad and that ain't good" .... ... more

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Decca reissue-series from Analogue Productions
October 30, 2015
There are 25 Mahler 3 releases on SACD (including duplicates). I'm looking forward to the more exotic material such as the Hindemith concerto, and it's a pity indeed that some of these new AP reissues duplicate recordings already done on SACD (in a "definitive" way with a high quality DSD transfer) ... more
Discussion: Herbie Hancock: Empyrean Isles, Maiden Voyage
October 6, 2015
As these BD-As of some of Blue Note's most popular artists have come out, the release of Blue Note hi-rez downloads has suddenly stopped. For two years there had been at least one album every week, but this flow has stopped this summer I think. So it's difficult to say what the future brings. While I welcome these BD-A release, I prefer to buy ... more
Membran: "The Royal Philharmonic Collection": has anybody heard it on surround?
October 5, 2015
Apparently, the recordings were made in 20bit "20 Bit Digital Recording, Editing and Mastering via 32 Bit Digital Sound Processing (DSP) Sound Recording Technology, England." But it's not sure what material Membran was ... more
Membran: "The Royal Philharmonic Collection": has anybody heard it on surround?
October 5, 2015
Membran issued all their SACDs in multichannel, including those made from mono sources (their Supreme Jazz and pop oldies series, consisting of public domain material, i.e. probably mastered from CDs). So I don't think they did some remixing for the RPO series, since these are budget releases. ... more
Membran: "The Royal Philharmonic Collection": has anybody heard it on surround?
October 4, 2015
The surround sound on the RPO SACDs has been generated artificially. These are stereo recordings from the 1990's. ... more