The Quality Deficit Letters

Tue, 07/08/2014
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The Quality Deficit

I grew up with a healthy disrespect—almost a dislike—for 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.
Sat, 02/01/1992
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Recording of October 1984: Saint-Saëns & Rachmaninoff Piano Works

1084rotmjgh.jpgSaint-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 6–10 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.

Mon, 10/01/1984
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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.
Mon, 07/07/2014
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Revel Performa3 F208 loudspeaker Measurements

Thu, 07/03/2014
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Revel Performa3 F208 loudspeaker Associated equipment

Thu, 07/03/2014
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Revel Performa3 F208 loudspeaker Specifications

Thu, 07/03/2014
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Luxman DA-06 D/A processor Measurements

Thu, 07/03/2014
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Revel Performa3 F208 loudspeaker Page 2

Thu, 07/03/2014
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Luxman DA-06 D/A processor Associated Equipment

Thu, 07/03/2014
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