Panasonic Prism LX-1000 CD/LD player Page 2
Panasonic Prism LX-1000 CD/LD player
The letter we received was innocent enough. It asked for our recommendations on laserdisc combination players. You know, the ones that play all
of your optical, laser-read entertainment, from CDs to videodiscs. Had the question been a verbal one, our answer would have begun with a long silence. As it was, we could only jot down a few generic references to features, followed by an admission that we had, collectively, no firsthand experience with these all-purpose devices. Only a few members of our staff have any interest in video stuffmonitors, surround-sound, and the likeamong them J. Gordon Holt
and yours truly.
Fred Hersch, Floating
Fred Hersch's Floating
(on the Palmetto label) is his strongest album in a decade (you'd have to go back to his 2006 solo disc, In Amsterdam: Live at the Bimhuis
, to match the energy) and maybe his strongest trio album ever.
The Quality Deficit Letters
The Quality Deficit
I grew up with a healthy disrespectalmost a dislikefor rich people. Though my home town, Winchester, Mass., is one of Boston's wealthier suburbs, and my father and grandfather were officers in a Boston-area company, my father grew up on a farm and I seemed to inherit his farm-grown distrust for those who have money.
Recording of October 1984: Saint-Saëns & Rachmaninoff Piano Works
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No.2
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Bella Davidovich (pno), Concertgebouw Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi, cond.
Philips CD 410-052 2 (CD), 6514-164 (LP).
At last we're starting to realize some of the promise of CD from a major record company. This is the best CD recording I've heard yet from Philips. Both of these are virtuoso romantic works requiring a big piano sound and the stamina to produce it for 610 minutes at a stretch, which is probably why few lady pianists will tackle them. Bella Davidovich pulls these off with great aplomb.
To me, the Saint-Saëns is the better of the two, and is one of the truly great performances of this work. I grudgingly rate it as equal to my long-time favorite, the Rubinstein/Reiner performance on a 1958 RCA LP (LSC-2234), although I would have liked a little more TLC from Ms. Davidovich in the first movement. She seems a little rushed where an occasional lingering caress is indicated, but that is quibbling with what is a really rousing performance.
Ripping LPs with Pure Vinyl 4
"Our goal is not just to create a portable digital copy of an analog LP; it is to honor the high-fidelity aspects of vinyl by making a digital copy that sounds indistinguishable from the original." So spoke Rob Robinson, PhD (above), creator of Channel D's Pure Vinyl
and Pure Music
Mac apps, at the start of a recent presentation members of the Bay Area Audiophile Society
Revel Performa3 F208 loudspeaker Measurements
Revel Performa3 F208 loudspeaker Associated equipment
Revel Performa3 F208 loudspeaker Specifications