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  Peter Wan
  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  Sony SCD-1 (SACD and CD; stereo only)
Linn Sondek LP-12 + Linn Archiva + Linto
Hovland HP-100
Hovland Radia
B&W Nautilus 802

Found: 4

Beethoven & Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos - Heifetz/Munch        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  January 25, 2005

I have the Beethoven concerto on a JVC XRCD (24 bit) disc that was released about a year ago. It was supposed to be "audiophile quality" and therefore charged a premium for it (about $35). I bought the RCA SACD for $8. The sound is fantastic and beats the JVC. Absolutely no comparison. Moreover, you ... more
Chopin: 4 Scherzi, Impromptus - Yundi Li        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  January 24, 2005

One can argue endlessly about interpretation but this disc just sounds superb. The DG engineers have been getting very good with piano sound with SACD. Li's Liszt and first Chopin disc also have excellent sound. One thing I noticed with Li's playing of the Scherzi is that you can hear all the ... more
Chopin: Ballades & Scherzos - Rubinstein        (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
  October 25, 2004

I bought the 20-bit reincarnation (1999 mix in the Rubinstein collection) of this recording just two months before the release of the SACD version, so I had to compare them. The SACD is better. It is smoother and warmer than the 20-bit version. More importantly, the SACD is also CHEAPER! It's hard ... more
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 21, 23 & 26 - Kodama          (3 of 7 found this review helpful)
  October 25, 2004

I've had this SACD for several months and have heard it numerous times. The sound is certainly full bodied and realistic; the piano is set right in front of you and can overwhelm you if the volumn is set high. The piano sound is very different from those that I have heard in other SACD or CDs; is it ... more

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