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Subject: Re: A Different Blu-Ray Question
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2012 18:47:15 -0400
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"David Fox" <davidfox2...@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> On 10/10/12 10:14 AM, Steve de Mena wrote:
>> On 10/10/12 5:56 AM, Edward Cowan wrote:
>>> William Sommerwerck <grizzledgee...@comcast.net> wrote:
>>>> You should listen to a variety of recordings on this [BD --E.A.C.]
>>>> to get a broader perspective.
>>> I intend to do just that RSN... --E.A.C.
>>> A follow-up:
>>> Yesterday, I listened to another miscellaney of music playing ordinary
>>> CDs with my BD player. These included:
>>> Haydn: The Creation, Pt. 1 (Berlin PO, cond. Markevitch; DG Double DG
>>> 437 380-2, two CDs.
>>> Bellini: Norma, "Casta Diva" with Maria Callas, from her early 1950s
>>> complete recording (EMI CDS 7 47304 8).
>>> The Haydn, in stereo, is my favorite recording of that oratorio, mainly
>>> because of Markevitch's conducting and the singing of the St. Hedwig's
>>> Cathedral Choir. This is early stereo (P) 1958, and the sound is
>>> undistinguished, with little definition or "space" to the recording. I
>>> wanted to check out the BD player's handling of the sudden fortissimo at
>>> "Und es ward LICHT!". The fortissimo came through without any distortion
>>> or other problem, and my Paradigm speakers managed this passage
>>> superbly. The aria from Norma, a mono recording of the opera, still
>>> shows some shrillness in the soprano's singing. (And Rossi-Lemeni's
>>> toneless bellowing wins no prizes from me...) This is still my favorite
>>> recording of the opera, this despite the less-than-stellar singing of
>>> Rossi-Lemeni and tenor Filippeschi. And so it goes... I shall likely
>>> hear more music from my BD player today. --E.A.C.
>>> -- hrabanus
>> Wow, a review of a few ancient CDs from an un-named Blu-Ray player. How
>> "The fortissimo came through without any distortion or other problem".
>> Is there any CD player out there that should introduce distortion on a
>> fortissimo passage?
> The short answer is yes. I've heard some CD players mangle loud, complex
Whenever I hear anything that sounds mangled, I blame my hearing. :-(
At worst it can sound like old-school tinfoil
> thunder. Entire instruments/sections can disappear. I used to bring
> along a CD-R including such samples to test out CD players and D/A
> converters when auditioning equipment.