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biggrin.gif, you know there are a few folks here that over time and experience of their reviews and thoughts that I trust when it comes to audio or music recommendations, your one of them.
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I just purchased the HDTracks remaster of Norah Jones' Come Away With Me --- wow, so much better than the original CD. I'm not sure how y'all feel about Ms. Jones, but her first album is a modern classic, and this new 24/192 version (I got the 192 version only for archive purposes, the 96 version is likely just as good) is a long-awaited upgrade. The FI-BA-SS proves to be a very revealing companion.

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I have Come Away With Me (just the standard red book). I don't listen to Norah much. I should give her more of a chance.

 

I am glad to be home and listening to my PF IX. I bee-lined straight to Keith Jarret's Koln Concert. As remarkable as my experience was with the X, I am pleased to see that the IX apologizes to no one for anything. It is beautiful.

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I have Come Away With Me (just the standard red book). I don't listen to Norah much. I should give her more of a chance.

 

I am glad to be home and listening to my PF IX. I bee-lined straight to Keith Jarret's Koln Concert. As remarkable as my experience was with the X, I am pleased to see that the IX apologizes to no one for anything. It is beautiful.

 

Well, there's a reason why she sells so well despite what detractors say. The funny part is that I use her as bedtime music. The remaster is very nice though.

post #455 of 4362
I have really tried to like Nora, I think she has a lot of talent. I have purchased her CD's but I don't know, something just does not gel with me. I think your remark that you use her as bedtime music says it all for me, I just find her voice boring.
Don't get me wrong, I would rather have her over the over hyped xfactor types like Adele any day as she is way more sophisticated and talented, all Adele knows is power and like Whitney,to me that does not make a good voice, this Diva nonsense of the past twenty years has really put back female vocals I think, thank goodness there are some really great exceptions out there.

Now, for truly atmospheric female vocals I would point you in the direction of Dusty Springfields Dusty in Memphis album, now that is a truly wonderful album!
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Dusty Springfield indeed sounds very nice. Thanks for the suggestion!

 

I think the reason why Norah appeals to me is out of a necessity, precisely because of the unobtrusiveness of her voice. I need to spend long hours studying, and I need something that remains in the back of my consciousness, rather than at the forefront.

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Dusty Springfield indeed sounds very nice. Thanks for the suggestion!

I think the reason why Norah appeals to me is out of a necessity, precisely because of the unobtrusiveness of her voice. I need to spend long hours studying, and I need something that remains in the back of my consciousness, rather than at the forefront.

I think she is perfect for that and I just want to add I would have the likes of her over pretty much every mainstream pop 'Diva' around at the moment. I am going to go back and dig into my collection and listen again, who knows, sometimes time changes perceptions, heck I could never get into Steely Dan until the IX's came along!
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Just checked out. Dusty in Memphis is pretty cool album.

 

Here is one of my fav:

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Good to know u tried the PF X...personally I found IX weirder than X...something not very right yet sounded very satisfying, but X was more engaging which allowed me to immerse into the music more easily. Yes it was syrupy thick and some of the sonic representations were uniquely different...certainly not truly authentic, nevertheless they were very interesting, very satisfying. The sound signature was something I have never heard in any earphones I came across. I have to say this truly is an acquired taste.

Despite the cost, I am still weighing my options to purchase it & this piece of Art is certainly very tempting. I can easily use the $ to replace my spoilt Classe CD player.

Despite the price, I do hope everyone who has an interest in music gets a chance to listen to the X. One truly interesting sonic experience.
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All this talk of the Piano Forte's "weirdness" and syrupy sound has me wondering how it sounds vs my ASG-1.2. Would any US based HF members who owns the PF's be willing to borrow my ASG-1 for a few days and compare the basic sound signature? I'm not really interested technicalities or anything too in depth.

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[RIGHT[/RIGHT]
Good to know u tried the PF X...personally I found IX weirder than X...something not very right yet sounded very satisfying, but X was more engaging which allowed me to immerse into the music more easily. Yes it was syrupy thick and some of the sonic representations were uniquely different...certainly not truly authentic, nevertheless they were very interesting, very satisfying. The sound signature was something I have never heard in any earphones I came across. I have to say this truly is an acquired taste.
Despite the cost, I am still weighing my options to purchase it & this piece of Art is certainly very tempting. I can easily use the $ to replace my spoilt Classe CD player.
Despite the price, I do hope everyone who has an interest in music gets a chance to listen to the X. One truly interesting sonic experience.

 

Buy it! You know that you want it...  evil_smiley.gif

 

Seriously, I hope that you do get it - if you can afford it. Right now I can't. It would be "irresponsible". 

 

That's a good summary of the Piano Forte X above.

post #462 of 4362
Haha...am holding back for awhile as this piece of earphone will always be available since it's not a main stream, mass market product...moreover, I have just purchased the FI-BA-SS, 334 & upgraded my W4R cable...need to take a break...this recent relentless pursuit for sonic bliss has burnt a huge hole in my pocket.
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this recent relentless pursuit for sonic bliss has burnt a huge hole in my pocket.


Tell me about it! blink.gif
post #464 of 4362

A different version of a 'classic' which sounds excellent on both PF IX & FI-BA-SS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWS3ofzuiMU


Edited by music_4321 - 9/21/12 at 11:22pm
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The 1601SS renders this track incredibly well. The 1602SS is a very close second, but the 01s have that extra edge. A HUGE thanks again to james444 for bringing this gem of an album to my attention.

 

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