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    Album of the Evening

    A recent (for me) discovery: the Carducci String Quartet, a youthful Anglo-Irish group, in spite of having adopted the Italian poet's name. Augmented by Julian Bliss on clarinet, here they play with seemingly effortless polish Weber's Clarinet Quintet in B flat Major and Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A Major K. 581. Vivid and detailed recorded sound from a hyperion 24/96 download.
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    Album of the Evening

    Hilary Han plays Bach's Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2 and Partita No. 1. Streaming from Qobuz at 16/44, but available as download at 24/88.
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    Album of the Evening

    Thank you very much for posting this! Very engaging performances by the Concerto Italiano. Kudos to naïve for the excellent sound (but not for yet another incongruous cover art)
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    Album of the Evening

    Beethoven: String Quartets, op. 18 Nos. 3 & 10. Energetic and nuanced playing by the Quartetto di Cremona. Admirably, the recorded sound is clear and detailed; less admirably, it is also a bit harsh -- both attributes perhaps pointing to very close miking. A 24/96 Qobuz download.
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    Album of the Evening

    Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 18 & No. 19. Mitsuko Uchida and the Cleveland Orchestra. For both performance and recorded sound, I prefer her earlier piano concertos cycle with Jeffrey Tate and the English Chamber Orchestra: Streaming from Qobuz.
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    Album of the Evening

    Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore. Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti. Hadn't listened to this performance in quite some time. Still delightful. Fine sound streaming from Qobuz.
  7. I may still not be clear about what you’re asking, sorry. But if I understand you correctly, the IEC connector, which is what the DM leans against, leads directly to the amp power supply.
  8. Not sure what the question is.
  9. Hi Barrows: For me, the testing method you suggest, if used one track at a time, has never worked to detect differences, unless these are fairly gross and so would be obvious regardless of testing methodology. So, I placed the DM next to the power connector in my amp, with the power cable wrapping around the DM thus: and I listened to a wide variety of jazz and classical recordings for a couple of days. The sound seemed a bit more clear, more limpid, than without DM. Then I removed the DM and listened again for a while. Now the sound seemed just slightly less clear, but I could not be really sure. Putting DM back in, however, restored a feeling of clarity. Listening again with DM in for a number of sessions, the sound seemed more engaging, the music more easily grabbed my attention. The effect, as you pointed out, is fairly subtle, but for me makes it worth leaving DM in. I also tried placing the DM under the power cable of my DAC. Now the sound was definitely more veiled, not as engaging. Too bad, as otherwise i might have sent for a second DM. 😉 I offer these impressions without any pretense of objectivity. Just my personal and unscientific experience. Regards, Guido F.
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    Album of the Evening

    Ben Webster, with Dave Frishberg, Richard Davis & Grady Tate: Valentine's Day 1964 Live. Dreadful sound, but great music making. A CD rip.
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    Album of the Evening

    McCoy Tyner, Lex Humphries, Steve Davis: Nights of Ballads & Blues. Disappointing sound (hole-in-the-middle soundstage, bass and drums too loud -- at least in my system). A 24/96 HDTapeTransfers download.
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    Album of the Evening

    For me, one or maybe two fantasias per evening, rather than the whole album: Telemann: Solo Fantasias. Richard Boothby on the viola da gamba. (Please rest assured that, in spite of the bizarre cover art, Mr. Boothby plays his instrument very much with a bow -- maybe even with his shoes on). Excellent sound, streaming from Qobuz at 16/44.
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    Album of the Evening

    I would recommend at least streaming it for a listen. I particularly like the tempo choices, especially the first movement.
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    Album of the Evening

    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2, Etudes-tableaux Op 33. Engaging performances by Boris Giltburg. Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Fine sound from a Qobuz 24/96 download.
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    Album of the Evening

    Brad Mehldau Trio: Seymour Reads The Constitution! Good music, fine piano playing and sound. Streaming from Qobuz at 16/44.1
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