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Beware! Reversed Audio Set-up!
on 4 February 2011
As ever, we are indebted to Godbluffer's continuing forensic investigation into Mahler releases from EuroArts. I bought this disc several months ago, and, as usual, gave it only a cursory check. It didn't seem too bad, but I should have known better. It was only when his review appeared here that I decided it was about time to look into things more carefully. It's a very serious matter if problems continue to arise with these products, since it potentially erodes trust in all EuroArts output. This has now sent me scuttling back to all my recent blu-rays to check them out in detail.
However, what is absolutely clear about this Mahler 4 is that THE AUDIO SET-UP HAS BEEN REVERSED. If you select DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, you will get the PCM Stereo 2.0 output. So, if you select PCM Stereo, you will actually be hearing the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. This is already perfectly clear if you change between set-ups during the opening scenes and the initial applause. If you stand next to your right rear speaker it becomes blatantly obvious that this is the case. The sound space opens up fully as it should. This really is a most unfortunate outcome after the problems with the Mahler 2.
I fully agree with Godbluffer that there are no problems with the Mahler 1, 3 & 6.
Today, I have contacted EuroArts directly in Berlin, and I suspect that they will be taking urgent steps to deal with this further problem. The Mahler 2 re-vamp is also nearing completion.
I have received the Mahler 9 today and already have the Simon Bolivar Orchestra concert with Abbado produced by Accentus. Sonically, both seem very good to me. The visual image in particular is astonishing in its depth, colour and sharpness.