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A mixed bag,
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What you get is actually 42 discs (Chopin and Bruckner are 2 disc sets) crammed into a cd wallet. It's hard not to imagine the discs getting distorted if left in the wallet so I will probably decant them to thin cd cases.
My hi-res classical collection has always lagged behind my pop and rock collection so this is a great way to get an instant collection, even if I do already have some of the material.
I recently acquired a very good receiver and matching blu ray player but still only have stereo speakers.
Despite this, the discs are quite enjoyable and if you crave instrumental separation I think you will find they really deliver.
Downsides? Well at time of writing Handel's Water Music disc is actually a mislabelled extra disc of Mendelssohn's 4th & 5th. That would be easy to forgive except that I have received a replacement set and this one has the same problem, so clearly a batch problem.
I have discovered that the Grieg disc doesn't work in either my player or PC - and I tried one from each of the two sets.
It therefore worries me that it will be some time before I have tested all of the discs, by which time support may not be so easy.
Also these audio blu rays show no video or track information whatsoever (I have also viewed them on a PC and there isn't any) so any discs that I am less familiar with are something of a mystery. You don't even get a paper track listing. You also know nothing of who performed these.
They seem to all have 2008 dates on them and appear to have previously been available separately. Apparently some of them were augmented in the studio by additional tracks or at least that's my interpretation of what I have read. There also seems to be a mix of 48khz and 96khz sampling rates.
Despite some quirky timing here and there and occasionally unusual instrumental level anomalies (possibly due to listening in stereo) they at first seemed to justify the admission price.
However, I am now considering sending the set back for a refund as the issues are unacceptable at any price. What a nuisance.
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Initial post: 10 Nov 2013 10:12:31 GMT
Amazon Customer says:
Maybe this will give you a pointer: every year Alexander Jero rereleases all his titles to get rid of all the bad reviews by people who actually bought his works of art.
The problem with mislabeled discs is not rare and has happened to me as well. I suggest you read the bluray music insider thread at the blu-ray.com forum and you will get some info on Al Jero and his productions and methods. Basically he takes old backcatalog titles , most of them stereo and reedits them in 5.1 or 7.1, or he records them with his own orchestra ( unknown performers, as in unidentified).
This collection box is just a try to get rid of his formerly released work ( originally priced at to USD per piece).
The Sarah Goldin is a direct reply to your review, as she vaguely addresses almost all your negative comments.
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