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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
« Reply #3255 on: February 26, 2018, 09:14:05 PM »
But how did you like the surround mix?   That is one I haven't sat down with yet.

I'm still warming up to the surround listening. No major complaints on that disc. However, I think one of the Doors discs was a horrible mix IMO. Seemed like they turned an amateur loose on the mixer.

It was done by Bruce Botnik, the same guy who mixed the originals.   He hasn't done any other surround mixes that I am aware of though.

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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
« Reply #3256 on: February 26, 2018, 09:37:35 PM »
Im looking to get a Pink Floyd Pulse. Have a ok vinyl copy and sold my original blinking light CDs. Wish You Were Here was a great listen. I had things vibrating all over the place.

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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
« Reply #3257 on: February 27, 2018, 09:26:49 PM »
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
« Reply #3258 on: February 27, 2018, 10:17:32 PM »
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
« Reply #3259 on: February 28, 2018, 12:41:51 AM »


This is still my favorite TH album. I always considered it sparse, but the surround mix shows that about half the album is more layered than I had previously considered. I even heard a couple elements which had previously escaped my attention (bits of piano in the first part of "Tentative Decisions" and backing vocals in "Book I Read" as just two examples). Some complain that the rear channels are a bit light on content, but I think ET Thorngren and Jerry Harrison presented the work in a way that is at once true to it's original release and more expansive. The fidelity is great, and the extras are compelling. A ten all the way for me.

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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
« Reply #3260 on: March 06, 2018, 11:42:06 PM »


I bought this one in a fit of hometown pride after it won two Grammys. It is wonderful. Just the liner notes are worth the money. Honeck thinks on a whole different plane from us mere mortals and his breakdown of the works brought things to my attention that I would never have come to on my own. As impressive as his writing is, his conducting is even stronger. There wasn't a moment where I lost my focus on the music. His reading is enraptured.

Plus, for us gearheads, the engineers get a page to discuss what they did (spoiler alert: DSD 256 throughout). The surround mix is not discrete, but I've listened to a handful of concerts at Heinz Hall, and this disc actually does sound like Heinz Hall.

It's quite brilliant. I'm both cheap and not a guy who listens primarily to classical, but tonight's listening session is making me want to go purchase all of the Honeck SACDs on Reference Recordings.

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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
« Reply #3261 on: March 06, 2018, 11:52:44 PM »
Even if you aren't a big classical guy, if you are a movie guy you should buy this.   The Barber Adagio has been used to great effect in more than a couple films.   I think the first time I heard it was in a gripping scene in "Platoon".

BTW, slightly off topic, but this disc brought to my attention the first subtle lack of cohesion in my surround set up.   Pepe specifically commented on how well the different components worked together.   Toward the end of the Allegro Non Troppo there are some staccato tympani parts that revealed a subtle "slowness" in the subwoofer.   I was hearing the overtones ever so slightly ahead of the deep fundamentals.   I've never noticed this on a rock recording.   I'm wondering if this is inherent in the recording or if it is something that I can correct in my system, perhaps by changing the "distance" setting on the sub channel or the phase setting on the sub itself.   I wouldn't expect a 2x10 to be particularly slow, but I did notice it here, just ever so slightly.
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
« Reply #3262 on: March 09, 2018, 07:31:28 AM »
Reference Recordings are outstanding, IMO.  My best recorded/engineered CDs are Reference and I have none I don't like. Their CDs match or best my best vinyl listening experiences
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
« Reply #3263 on: May 05, 2018, 08:40:34 PM »


I always expect AP mixes to be great, and the 5.1 Blu-Ray does not disappoint.   In particular, the interludes in "Silence and I" are stunning.   Colin Blunstone's vocal on "Old and Wise" has never sounded better.

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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
« Reply #3264 on: May 31, 2018, 01:00:03 AM »


This is not only my favorite album by a solo Eagle, I dare say it ranks with the best of the group's output (something Frey could never say).   The 5.1 mix, while I won't go so far as to call it inspired, is very good.   The opening Bruce Hornsby piano on the title track grabs you, and the ear candy just keeps coming.   "New York Minute" is a track that was made for surround, with the jazzy opening coming from the front and the more modern sounds coming from the rear.   The two power ballads which were the biggest hits from the album, "Last Worthless Evening" and "Heart of the Matter" both sound bigger in surround.   The mixes take a good thing and make it even better.

Don't worry that it's "only" dts.   The fidelity here is wonderful and this album sounds a lot less dated than many of it's contemporaries.   Highly recommended.

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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
« Reply #3265 on: May 31, 2018, 01:14:29 AM »


This is not only my favorite album by a solo Eagle, I dare say it ranks with the best of the group's output (something Frey could never say).   The 5.1 mix, while I won't go so far as to call it inspired, is very good.   The opening Bruce Hornsby piano on the title track grabs you, and the ear candy just keeps coming.   "New York Minute" is a track that was made for surround, with the jazzy opening coming from the front and the more modern sounds coming from the rear.   The two power ballads which were the biggest hits from the album, "Last Worthless Evening" and "Heart of the Matter" both sound bigger in surround.   The mixes take a good thing and make it even better.

Don't worry that it's "only" dts.   The fidelity here is wonderful and this album sounds a lot less dated than many of it's contemporaries.   Highly recommended.



Mark - adding image - you had a minor image address error in your original post...

PS - add this one to my stack of "must listen to" next time we meet :-)

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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
« Reply #3266 on: May 31, 2018, 11:48:10 AM »
add this one to my stack of "must listen to" next time we meet :-)

Will do.   Have you set up a surround system in the new house yet?