Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Gary, Aug 23, 2010.
It is hard to believe at least 14,000 posts have been added to the Classical Music Corner ...
Just a reminder, this thread (and the 14 that have preceded it) is for anything to do with classical music. Post what you're listening to, what recordings you recommend, recent purchases, concerts, discuss works, composers, etc.
Also, beginners are absolutely welcome. Feel free to post any questions that you may have. This includes requests for recommendations for particular works/composers, etc. We are friendly and are happy to help!
Very cool that the prior Classical Music threads are all stickied in the archives - http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=32
And they are the only threads that are stickied int he archives, too.
RussellG said to me:
How does something like this relate to the devices you've described so far? http://stereophile.com/digitalprocessors/hrt_music_streamer_usb_converter/
Now playing CD1 from this twofer for a first listen ...
That's a USB DAC. USB inputs have been common on DAC's for some time, although that's the first one I recall seeing where USB is the ONLY input.
Basically it's an even more tightly focussed computer interface than the "audio interfaces" I described. It has a single purpose in life - high quality conversion of computer audio files to stereo analog for connecting to an amplifier. The Behringer device and traditional soundcards like Soundblaster or motherboard onboard audio will perform this function as well, but as you get more focussed on that being the primary objective, you would expect the quality to increase.
This device doesn't have digital out, doesn't have an ADC (analog-digital-converter) so you can't record with it, and doesn't even appear to have a headphone output, but it should sound better than the Behringer.
It all comes down to what you want to achieve and how much you want to spend. You can spend $5K+ on a DAC with a USB input if you want!
Now playing the Brahms encores from this CD:
A little converter box that comes in designer color ...
And I hate red.
You can always repaint it.
The thing I like about the Behringer device is that it's so cheap you can dip your toe into computer-as-source with sufficiently high quality to determine if the whole concept is going to work for you, and if it doesn't, well at least it cost you very little. That's basically what I bought it for in the first place. I loved the concept and have moved on to the system described in my profile. However the Behringer is so good I kept it for use in a bedroom system.
Now playing some more Dutoit/Montreal/Double Decca goodness:
Just finished a three day stay in Santa Fe for the Chamber music festival. The finale was Beethoven's Archduke with Lynn Harrell, Benny Kim and the amazing Yuja Wang. Unfreakingbelievable! This festival is sooooooo cool. The coolest thing about it is the open rehersals every day. For three days I got to see the musicians develop their interpretations and work things out into a final performace. I got to talk to the musicians after the rehersals about the music. This is just so cool. And getting to meet one of my two favorite pianists and watch her reherse as well as see her play. You can't beat this.
The link that you posted for a connecting cable at guitar center had a MONO female connector on it. Now, I know that you’re really getting into vintage recordings, but do you want to listen to everything “vintage style”? (i.e., get one with a stereo connector)
And I assume this is just for connecting your headphones to the amp. You will still need a cable to connect the laptop to the amp.
Easy to say that Dutoit is one of your fav conductors??
He does have the best Holst The Planets out there IMHO.
It has a few awards to back my claim as well....or it did when I got it in 1987.
I have the single disc of this comp. and I agree that his performances with MSO along with the recording quality on Decca during this period are just superb.
His Holst "Planets," Respighi "Pines/Fountains of Rome," Saint-Saëns, Stravinsky, and Berlioz from this period are all excellent versions.
He strikes me as one of those conductors who could be relied on to produce a quality performance with many different genres/styles...Ormandy, Szell, Dohnanyi, etc. I don't think I've heard anything bad by any of those guys.
Lookie what showed up in today's mail!
In that case.....
I've heard a few Planets but not that one. The two I've kept are Previn/Telarc and an early Rattle/EMI. Didn't we have a Planets album cover posting competition a while back?
Probably....we seem to have at least one cover comp each month!
Seriously if your Hot for Dutoit you can get The Planets conducted by Him real reasonable.
"More or less in line . . ."
Thanks that cover looks familiar - I may have seen it in the used bins. I'll keep an eye out.
Also I like your reverential Him reference, whether it was intentional or not...
Now on the spin......
Another EXCELLENT Rubbra CD added to my Collection yesterday!
This recording received a 1998 "Critic's Choice" award from Gramophone
The `Sinfonia Concertante,' Rubbra's earliest published work, has one of the most haunting opening passages I've ever heard....Anyone interested in 20th Century music ought to buy this disc and listen to a unique, extremely interesting talent that may now be on the verge of higher recognition.
American Record Guide (11/01/1997)
I own the M-Audio Transit and liked it working under XP, but from many users' complaints it seems that it's not working properly under Vista or W7.
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