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  1. Ffodor

    Beethoven Quartets and Piano Sonatas

    Over the week-end, I picked up the 1951-1952 integral cycle of Beethoven's string quartets by the Budapest Quartet, very recently re-issued in CD by United Archives(??). It is an excellent mono sound, apparently much better than previous CD re-issues of parts of the integral on other labels. It...
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    Mahler Symphonies Favorite Recordings

    Quote: Originally Posted by Bunnyears The orchestra sounded great for Haydn and Strauss when I heard them. The Heldenleben certainly isn't a light piece and the orchestra sound had a wonderful rich and plummy sound with really great bass notes, so I have my hopes up. Ofcourse, I am an...
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    Having a difficult time with Chopin:

    Quote: Originally Posted by bigshot Bingo! That's your problem right there. Try Moravec, Rubinstein, Ashkenazy and Pollini in that order. See ya Steve Ah, finally, someone else who puts Moravec on top for the Nocturnes. I agree! As for the request for "pop classical piano"...
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    Under-appreciated or little known classical music?

    Since I had some success with my only recommendation on this thread (Taneyev), I am trying another one, in a completely different genre: Antonio Lotti (1667-1740)'s Requiem. Only recording I know is from Thomas Hengelbrock on Deutsche Harmonia Mundi. It may be a challenge to find in stores...
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    Josh Ritter

    I can certainly join this Josh Ritter appreciation thread. I too have the Hello Starling CD, and I simply love it. I must admit however that the new tune is not to my liking -- and this has nothing to do with the politics. I don't happen to think that the shifts in feelings in the song are...
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    Under-appreciated or little known classical music?

    Quote: Originally Posted by Bunnyears Anyone know anything about Sergey Taneyev (1856-1915)? Russian romantic composer student of Tchaikovsky, contemporary with Stravinsky and Catoire. I bought this CD a few months ago: It is magnificient! You have to like late romantic...
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    Go on then...list of HF-1 serial numbers

    For the record, #147. Arrived in Switzerland a week ago exactly, one week after being shipped. First impressions: a lot of presence, quite revealing, sweet highs and competent bass, good dynamics, almost inexistent soundstage, and less comfortable than my SR-60s. I will need something else...
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    Polyvalent amplifier

    Since you are asking nicely : polyvalent means versatile., that is, in this context, an amplifier that will work equally well with a wide range of headphones. Oh, and would it be possible to limit suggestions to something I could order on the WWW, or at a local dealer? A trip to West...
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    Polyvalent amplifier

    I would like your suggestions for a polyvalent amplifier, preferably around 500 US dollars or less. The reason I would like it polyvalent is that I would like to experiment over time with different brands of headphones. At the top of my list would be Grado (I have the opportunity to buy a RS-2...
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    do I NEED to amp the hd580s?

    Ok, I am convinced, the HD 580s need an amp. In my personal case, I am even more convinced by the fact that I am likely to buy the HD 580s for home use, on components that do not have headphone jacks! Now, if you allow me to hijack the thread, the question is: what amp? A local hi-fi dealer...
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    Ottawa, let's get together!

    I am interested, but I don't have much to contribute I am afraid, since I am new to this stuff. Oh well, I guess I could bring more beer and wine to make up for it?
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    sennheiser px100

    I use three pairs of headphones with my trusty ipod ist generations: PX-100, Grado sr-60 and Etys er-6i. It is very very difficult to choose between the three and, on some mornings, I decide to carry more than one, just in case... PX-100 may have a bit too more bass and not enough detail for...
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    ETYMOTIC - The real deal

    I've never tried er-4p's, so I cannot make a proper comparison, but I can recommend the er-6i's. I've had those for two weeks now, used with an ipod without amp. They are certainly more than adequate without amplification (no wonder, they are made specifically for that function). If the 6i's...
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    Advice needed on CDP: Solid state (Rotel 1072) v. tuble (Shanling CT-T80)

    Quote: Originally Posted by drminky Quality issues aside, there are other considerations to be made in making this decision. Firstly, remember that being a tube product, the shanling's potential cannot be totally judged with it's stock (cheap'n'nasty) tubes in it. Quite a dramatic...
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    Advice needed on CDP: Solid state (Rotel 1072) v. tuble (Shanling CT-T80)

    Quote: Originally Posted by replytoken While your source is very important, might I suggest that you consider looking at speakers first if you plan on listening to them a lot. Your choice of speakers will have a great impact on what you hear from everything upstream. Granted, changing...
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    First impressions of Etys

    I have had a somewhat similar experience with the Etys 6i I bought this week (in large part because I discovered head-fi two weeks ago; man, you're evil ). By all accounts, the 6i are less thin than the 4s without an amplifier, but I still find them much more so than my PX-100, especially...
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    Advice needed on CDP: Solid state (Rotel 1072) v. tuble (Shanling CT-T80)

    Thank you very much for the advice. One thing I had not thought of was resale value. Come to think of it, that's actually an important factor. The general impression of the Rotel corresponds pretty much to my short experience, and I am very glad to know that at least one person thinks it is...
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    Advice needed on CDP: Solid state (Rotel 1072) v. tuble (Shanling CT-T80)

    I finally decided to start upgrading my gear incrementally, starting with the CD player and the interconnects, then with an integrated amplifier (in 2-3 months), then a headphone amplifier and some cans like the Senns 580 (6 months) and finally some half-decent speakers (1 year, if everything...
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