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Reviews: Adagio d'Albinoni - Gary Karr

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Review by acousticsguru December 16, 2014 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Thanks to this reissue in SACD I'm rediscovering an album of which, to be honest, I'd only listened to the first track with regularity (but, as one can see, that alone may be worth ordering it again in high-resolution format). Sonically, the improvement from the Cisco Gold redbook CD did not, at first, strike me as all that great, perhaps not even exclusive. The deep bass is tighter, thus sounds almost as if there were less of it (as well as "ambience" - whatever that means in terms of gleaning information from a recording). Clarity, spatiality and balances remain truer in loud passages (having said that, never thought them congested to begin with). Perhaps the most important effect is long-term: the way the music flows has had me deny myself my after-lunch nap of which I was convinced I need it an hour+ ago (doubtless going to pay the price later tonight, cooking for guests). Indeed the whole album is so much worth listening to - how come I hadn't in years?

Note this isn't a direct analogue-to-DSD remastering, by the way, but apparently to 24/192 PCM first, before being resampled to DSD. If I have any principled preferences, then it would be for the recording or digital remastering format to be offered as such and not converted (i.e. if it's an SACD, why not master in DSD, and if it's PCM, why not offer that on Blu-ray or as download?). Also, I have sufficient experience doing conversions of my own to insist that numerically non-integer ones tend to sound more "ethereal" (euphemism for a lack of incisiveness or even clarity) although I hear none of it here. Focus and delineation are amazing - especially given we're talking about a recording of an Amati double-bass plus Swiss Kuhn organ in, no, not a reverberant church, but the evidently well-controlled acoustics of Vega Hall in Takarazuha-Shi.

Greetings from Switzerland, David.

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