Yeah Cai! Jon, put up that E. Power Biggs Bach SACD. That damn thing rattles my entire house and makes the dog cower.Cai Campbell said:Since you found someone willing to take it (and hopefully enjoy it) I fail to see where waste has occured.
BananaSlug, I'm with you... it's all in fun! Even the pseudo-serious stuff is just fun. In the end, the polls really don't mean much anyway, but I do enjoy them! I think this is the best thing Jon has come up with for the site.
I do think we tend to put up stuff that folks are more prone to enjoy, and this skews the results towards the top-end. Perhaps Jon can use one week to put up some titles that are generally regarded as stinkers, just for fun?
And Kal, why don't you bug Jon to put up some titles you really do enjoy. I wouldn't mind seeing some classical titles in the poll, a healthy percentage of which I would rate pretty high.
Yeah, I wouldn't mind giving some mind numbing opera discs a 1 !!!Cai Campbell said:And Kal, why don't you bug Jon to put up some titles you really do enjoy. I wouldn't mind seeing some classical titles in the poll, a healthy percentage of which I would rate pretty high.
Since I get most of the MCH releases, I make a big bag of my rejects and have them distributed to other needy(!) Stereophile reviewers who might like them.Guy Robinson said:Kal,
I have a great idea! Next time you get a disc you could send it to me and I could do a kind of "point/counter point" review with you.
Jon, if possible you might put up some of the RCA Living Stereo and Mercury Living Presence SACDs. I have not really paid attention to classical music since High School music class and although I am aware of many composers and some of the major works, I never purchased or seriously sat down and listened to any classical, well, except for The 1812 Overture(the cannons) which I think we have all probably heard and /or have but, these 3CH recordings are great, they are not your average pop-oriented stick an instrument in every speaker approach to MCh playback, they are just the opposite, sit back close your eyes and that orchestra is right there in your living room, very defined and dependable locations, and then think about the fact that much of this music was played in halls or venues over 100 years ago and it really becomes a very nice experience.JonUrban said:Many titles that I have put up are titles that members have PM'd me to put up. That is what I asked for in my original post.
I'm glad that there is another "gusher" on this board other than myself.dprokopy said:Hmm, hate to drag this discussion back to this PARTICULAR release (ahem)...
I just got this in the mail the other day and took it for a spin this afternoon. WOW, what a fantastic release. I'm way into that whole "orchestral pop" sound, personally, so musically this album was right up my alley. (Makes me want to go out and pick up their first one, though I get the impression it's not as good as this one.) But that surround mix - holy moley! This is definitely "demo" material, if only to show your friends and neighbors what being entirely submersed in a surround mix is like. This is absolutely the perfect material to show off the true potential for surround sound. I can see myself chilling out with this one for years to come.
FYI, I haven't bought a lot of DVD-A titles (I don't actually have a DVD-A player - just an SACD that handles DD and DTS), but I noticed that this particular title lacks both a DD surround mix, as well as a high-rez stereo mix. All you get is the PCM stereo, DTS surround, and high-rez surround. Interesting.
Great idea.Cai Campbell said:Perhaps Jon can use one week to put up some titles that are generally regarded as stinkers, just for fun?
I know what you mean. Some of the "choir" parts and even the guitars at time are like this. A bit annoying.neil wilkes said:Just gave this one an 8.
the clarity is not quite what it perhaps could be - seems overcompressed and almost distorted in places.
I agree, dynamic range in this title has been reduced to a waveform approaching a 2X4.The mix is good and aggressive, which I like, and the clarity is not quite what it perhaps could be - seems overcompressed and almost distorted in places.