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Title: Has anybody heard the piano music CD reported as outstanding in Stereo
Post by: Lasil on 2009-06-12 20:46:30
Michael Fremer is reviewing the Musical Fidelity Titan power amp (1000W, $30,000) in current issue of Stereophile. He says Antony Michaelson (Musical Fidelity boss) brought along a CD (TPRCD1 from Tone-Pearls Records (http://www.tonepearls.com)). He also describes how it was made and how it sounds played on the dCS Scarlatti stack and says it's as fine a piano recording as he's heard on CD.

Has anybody heard the CD? Is it really so fine?
Title: Has anybody heard the piano music CD reported as outstanding in Stereo
Post by: Axon on 2009-06-15 11:08:30
Haven't heard the CD, but judging from the website, it sounds like the label is about a hop, a skip and a jump from Machina Dynamica/PWB/etc. Proceed with caution.

EDIT: Just to sharpen this point a bit, observe the page (http://www.tonepearls.com/tone-pearls.html) titled "What are Tone-Pearls?", and note
Title: Has anybody heard the piano music CD reported as outstanding in Stereo
Post by: 2Bdecided on 2009-06-15 14:54:49
There's a free download of one track:

http://www.tonepearls.com/d-freetrack1.html (http://www.tonepearls.com/d-freetrack1.html)

Bit of a joke really - SNR (peak music : background noise) is only about 50dB.

Or, in plain English, the hiss is audible!

They've cut the start and end of the track very tight to try to hide this, but the music is quite dynamic and at a reasonable listening level you can still hear the hiss during the quiet passages.


You can get away with this out-of-date analogue recording method for pop and some Jazz - but for solo piano, it's deficiencies are painfully clear to hear. In fact, I think people were doing better 40 years ago!

Describing this as "as fine a piano recording as I've heard on CD" is a really bad joke.

Cheers,
David.
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