Originally Posted by mbhaub
You actually liked #2? I found it woefully underpowered, and the recessed sound made no impact. Wit's #6 was better.
However, #7 is NOT by Wit, but by well-known Vienna based opera conductor Michael Halasz, and it is very good for the price. He brings out the drama in the symphony that many others miss. His DLVDE is also excellent and puts many full-priced versions to shame, as does his #1.
Another Naxos worth investigating the the 10th. The conducting is nothing special: you can hear the barlines -- very rigid. Olsen uses the Joe Wheeler version instead of the more familiar Cooke II, which will interest some.
You are correct the Naxos M7 is Halasz
not Wit, also have Naxos M1, M9 by him.
The Wit M2
reminds me of Inbal/Dennon M2, a bit lightweight but refreshing with added clarity, a bit slow paced by my standards and lacking the dramatic energy of Solti, Bernstein/Sony etc. I believe the sound quality is pretty good if lacking in deep bass thus limiting dynamic range, however the style of performance also creates the lightweight and recessed impression. It doesn't bother me too much since I use 2 way monitors and sub, just add some low bass to extend dynamic range if needed.
Obviously not on my top 5 list of M2s but perhaps worth having at budget price for collectors.