So if you have been under a rock lately or just not discovering new music, and you're looking for something new, refreshing, yet still classical, really audiophile worthy, that is also deliciously pop; then I definitely suggest you look into The Piano Guys. I found them on YouTube initially. They have most of their content on there in HD1080p. However, their album can be had in CD format from Amazon now as of this week. I received it on it's availability date. I've been listening to it non-stop since then.
The music is a blend of classical instruments used in interesting ways, and some electronic instruments blended in, with pop basically. They are taking music you already know and re-doing it. Lots of cover songs essentially. It's virtually all instrumental, some vocals here and there, but it's primarily just instruments. The instruments are primarily piano and cello. The cello is played in various styles from tap, strum, classical, and even some electronic/synth use. These guys are very interesting with their application of the instruments. And performance wise, they are top notch and very fun with it.
I mentioned audiophile level quality because off the album, the recording quality is really good. No hiss, no noise floor embedded, which is common for instrumental recordings I find (which I have tons of, and dislike those hissy sounds found in a lot of piano recordings). The range of the album is insane too. You will be testing the very depth of your bass to the peaks of your treble with this album on every song. Your mids will make or break the album too, as it's all instrumental, and the majority of what you hear is of course in the mids. Ortho users, like myself, you are in for a treat. There's a lot of fun channel play too, they blend a lot of sounds left, right, pan, etc. So you can play a lot with sound stage here.
I've been listening via my speaker setup, but also via my various headphones. Hands down, I enjoy speakers more, but even on headphones I was absolutely impressed with the quality of the recordings (again, from the album, cannot speak of YouTube quality even at HD levels); and of course the sheer enjoyment of the music itself.
So if you're looking for something new, check it out. Audiophile music doesn't have to be boring!
(Note, used the term audiophile recording very loosely, don't get bent out of shape if it's not technically the best)
Edited by MalVeauX - 10/4/12 at 4:40pm