Originally Posted by drizzt3117,Mar. 06 2005,00:39
I have many CDs, but I have about 50-100 that I listen to on my higher end audio systems, because many are just not enjoyable, bad recordings just sound nasty on more accurate systems, I don't enjoy listening to line noise one bit. Most of them are DVD-Audio, SACD, or just really good recordings. As far as "audiophile recordings" to listen to: The usual suspects are: Pop/Rock: Anything by Sarah McLachlan Eagles greatest hits "Hell Freezes Over" Chris Issak "Blue Spanish Sky" Fiona Apple "Shadowboxer" Fleetwood Mac greatest hits Classical: Most Naxos recordings are really good, one of the best is probably the Bruckner Antartica Stereophile's master recordings, the Chopin Sonata in B Minor and the Rhapsody in Blue are reference recordings Sophie Ann Mutter's Sibelius Violin Concerto Sarah Chang's Paganini Violin Concerto Richter's Rach 2 Those are all reference recordings for reviews.
If an audiophile isn't prepared to listen to older, less "clean" recordings, then I assure you, in many cases you are missing out on hearing some of the real masters. Forget listening to Rubenstein, Heifitz, Oistrakh, Kreisler etc... also, Naxos for the most part (less now than it has in the past) is known for being the... Jones New York of classic record labels. They are the cheapest in the pile, and generally don't have the most desireable of artists. That doesn't mean there aren't fantastic recordings, but not as many as one would find with Decca, EMI, Deutche Gramaphone etc... I could see how 50-100 CDs are very manageable. Unfortunately I have way too much to listen to. I guess I'll just have to wait.
This is what records are for, most audiophiles will listen to that type of material on analog. Also, studios are starting to release "audiophile" master recordings of older recordings that are amazingly good. You can, and I have, listen to some recordings of past masters, such as the Heifetz Beethoven Violin Concerto and they are enjoyable with a high-end system, just not going to have the clarity and transparency of a better recording, the better the quality of source material, the better it will sound. As far as Naxos works, they are usually fairly inexpensive, but always recorded extremely well using outstanding equipment and mastering. If you pick up a copy of "The Absolute Sound" you will see a disproportionate amount of Naxos stuff. However, almost all modern recordings are done very well and this isn't an issue, but it's sometimes difficult to find obscure recordings done well on labels other than Naxos, of course they exist, and I could list hundreds of good classical CDs that are well recorded with great performances by great artists on non-Naxos labels, but I was just giving a very quick generalization of high end source material. Bengal, Thanks for the correction, I knew that but somehow came up with Bruckner when I visualized the album cover. Considering I lived in his home town for six months, attributing someone elses' work to him is a grevious offense, my pennance will be listening to the Antartica ten times today