3.0 out of 5 stars
Dissapointing, Jan 23 2012
First, right off the bat the first thing I noticed after opening the SACD is that it was already scratched and dusty. It was stated as new, the shrink wrap didn't appear to be regular SACD or CD shrinkwrap. You know, the kind that tends to drive you crazy trying to open... Perhaps it was new. Buy why was the SACD dusty and scratched? The scratch was semicircular, and around the area of the security device. Perhaps a piece of dirt was on it.
It didn't seem to effect the quality of sound.
I purchased this for Ravel's Bolero. I liked some of the other recordings, but not more then two out of the rest, and they were certainly not a significant portion of the recording. I wasn't able to find a copy to borrow first, otherwise I don't think I would have purchased this one. I like to find a legal copy to borrow, and if I like it, I buy it. Content is generally very subjective, so I didn't base my rating on content, only on recording quality and condition of the SACD.
Unfortunately most of the recordings contain low level tape hiss that I found objectionable during several quiet sections. This is most especially objectionable and noticeable during the opening of Bolero. I guess I will have to be more careful to not purchase transfers from tape, and I will have to look for a recent recording of Bolero that didn't use tape.
I don't personally think the quality of the majority of the tracks are any better then an MP3 copy of the recordings. So in my humble opinion, the format is wasted on this recording. Two tracks sounded pretty good, but still not what I was hoping for.
Offsetting the negatives is the cost of the SACD was inexpensive even including shipping. But I only buy one a month, and this used up my months purchase.
My system is simple: Sony BDP-S370, Electric Avenue PA2V2 headphone amplifier and Sennheiser headphones. SACDs I really like: 1 of: "Holst: Orchestral Works Vol. 2", "Serenada Schizophrana".