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post #16 of 28

Haha thank god I bought it! I listened to 8 cds now, it's worth every penny :). Thanks for the updates bigshot!

post #17 of 28

Hey bigshot, I am a late-comer to this deal (by quite a while:blink:) but I found the set, 100 CD Meisterkonzerte / The Masterconcerts, for around 90$. I am definitely thinking of getting it, but I would love to hear how your opinion of it has held up after months of listening. Have you found many duds? How are you feeling about the sound quality? Etc.

  Anyway, if you could take a moment to sum-up your view of the set, I would very much appreciate it!

post #18 of 28
Thread Starter 

I can think of only one dud actually. 99% of the box is drop dead fantastic. Get it.

post #19 of 28

Great! Thanks for the fast response!

post #20 of 28

Membran used to have a reputation for variable tranfer quality, but their Furtwangler set was compared favorably to EMI's releases.

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post #21 of 28
Thread Starter 

One trick to Membran CDs is to rip to true one channel mono instead of stereo. They sometimes use a fake stereo frequency split between channels. If you flatten it out, it sounds fine. I reclaimed a lot of bad Membran tracks that way on Jazz boxes.

post #22 of 28
Can you rip to true mono with iTunes?
post #23 of 28
Thread Starter 

Yes, just go into your encoder settings under custom and set it from stereo to mono. As an added benefit, it cuts your file size in half with no reduction in sound quality.


Edited by bigshot - 12/5/13 at 10:31am
post #24 of 28
Thanks for the tip. Size reduction sounds nice. Lose-less files tend to fill up hard drives very quickly!

The set is on its way to me from the UK. I can't wait to hear it. I'm no audiophile, but I will add my opinion of it once I've had the chance to form one.
Edited by N D Plume - 12/5/13 at 10:59am
post #25 of 28

   I'll save the details, but the set arrived missing five (yes, 5) discs. So back it goes.

   All of this is giving me time to think it over, and I'm wondering if anybody has any box sets they prefer over this one.I already have the Murray Perahia and Living Stereo sets. I've looked into the Philips set, but i sampled a few tracks and wasn't too thrilled; the Carmina Burana is way too fast.

  In general I like modern recordings for their clean sound, but good recordings of the legends (Heifetz, etc) are ideal. If this Masters of Music set is still what you'd recommend, then I will get a replacement.

 

Thanks in advance for any responses and Merry Christmas!


Edited by N D Plume - 12/26/13 at 2:05pm
post #26 of 28
Thread Starter 

This particular set is all historical recordings. It doesn't sound like what you're looking for. Try the Decca Sound box. That one is excellent and quite different than the ones you already have.

post #27 of 28
Thanks for the advice. I've been sampling from the set before sending it back and some of the cds have surprisingly good sound. Others, though, sound hollow to me. Still undecided.

Do you have an opinion as to which of the two decca sound sets is better? I've been looking into those, too.
post #28 of 28

Thanks for posting this, now to wait for it to arrive! :) 

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