I chose the aforementioned recording for my first ‘auditory sampling’ since it is the best piano performance in my collection of Classical music.
Even with only fifty hours of burn-in at the shop, it was clear that I had something really special. I was a [mesmerized] one man audience as Daniel Barenboim was playing right there in front of me. Every details true to life. Not a hint of shrillness or bloat across the seven octaves of his Steinway keyboard.
Then I turned my attention to Katie Melua ( http://www.katiemelua.com/index.html ) for rest of the evening because of her eclectic style and great voice. She’s like a Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux and Lisa Ekdahl moulded into one [beautiful] entity. She is one of my favourite chanteuse.
In her earlier recordings (ca.2003) she still had a bit of a ‘girlish voice’ that could be at times mildly irritating but this time around, this edginess had disappeared like someone had gently rubbed a very fine grit sandpaper over her vocal cords.
During the listening session, two things became immediately apparent. The treble was more polished and the bass tighter and more extended. How much of this stellar performance can be attributed to the 109 or 501 circuitry, I can’t honestly tell you since they are fused at the proverbial hip. One thing is sure though, this new combo is quite a step-up from the SB Series it replaces.
Joined: 31 Jan 2007 Posts: 107 Location: San Francisco, CA
Posted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:31 pm Post subject:
You are one lucky b*stard with that new gear! Thanks for posting the photo... not boring to me, on the contrary exciting because I share your excitement. Seems like you are a bit ahead of me on the upgrade path. Namely, my next step is to revisit the preamp - stay with tube, or go BC109 direction? Of course, whichever path I go then there are myriad other choices to make as well - ie, how custom do I wanna go?
It may sound odd, but I am psyched for us both on your pending KQ upgrade, since it may also help inform my later choice when I get around to further upgrading my BC22 amps some day. Or, do I go with BC200 series? Choices choices
Joined: 14 Feb 2007 Posts: 1258 Location: Northumberland Straight, NB.
Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:30 pm Post subject:
After 250 hours on the odometer and 60 hours of actual play time the unit is settling in nicely. Depending on the recording some of the improvements are more subtle than others.
Despite the upgrade, you still can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. Case in point is the 2007, 20 bit re-release of Lady in Satin by Billie Holiday on Sony BMG ( Originally a Columbia Jazz LP). You might as well take a dentist drill to your mouth while someone kicks you in the nuts. Such a good performance wasted…Billie would not be amused.
But on the other hand, totally defying a known genre, are the two releases from María Nieves Rebolledo Vila also known as Bebe.
My best description of her style would be gypsy-punk. She is totally original and a breath of fresh air in this world of sound-alike and even if you don’t understand Spanish, you’ll find your toes moving to the beat. She’s also a Latin multi Grammy winner.
She’s different and not for everyone but I definitely recommend her.
A new arrival this week is the new posthumous release of Eva Cassidy’s ‘ Simply Eva’. A collection of previously unreleased guitar solos of some of her favourite songs. This one will probably become my favourite one after ‘Live at Blues Alley’. Eva died of Melanoma in 1996. She was 33.
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