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Can you hear a difference between 2 solid state preamps?
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View Poll Results: Can you hear a difference between the two test files
I can hear a difference, but have no ABX result 12 50.00%
I cannot hear a difference and have no ABX result 6 25.00%
I can hear a difference and have an ABX result 4 16.67%
I cannot hear a difference and have an ABX result 2 8.33%
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Old 13th November 2019, 05:12 PM   #271
billshurv is offline billshurv  United Kingdom
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Can you hear a difference between 2 solid state preamps?
I'll have to check back on the CD rack but a few to look at
Hyperion Records - independent British classical music record label - CDs, MP3 and Lossless downloads
Chandos Records Classical Music CDs and MP3 Downloads OnLine
Dacapo Records – the Danish national label for classical and new music
https://www.channelclassics.com/
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Some of these are a little eclectic in their output.



I've also always found great quality in ECM recordings although they are known for slightly overblowing the accoustic.
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Old 13th November 2019, 05:14 PM   #272
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Thank you Bill, I will definitely check it.
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Old 13th November 2019, 07:19 PM   #273
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I think the only ECM recording I have is Dave Holland Quintet Prime Directive, tis a good recording but that goodness for tone controls
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Old 14th November 2019, 11:51 AM   #274
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For classical music, I would recommend having a look at the small German label MDG:
MDG-Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm
The website is spartan, their recordings too - in the sense that they claim not to be using any compression, equalization, etc. in the production.

The usual disclaimer: I'm not connected with the label in any way; I just like their recordings very much.

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Old 14th November 2019, 01:41 PM   #275
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Can you hear a difference between 2 solid state preamps?
Due to the press of other things, I just now have had the opportunity to listen a second time to the Claire samples. I hope any thoughts I have to share at this time will be of use.

Similar to Bill, I went into my second hearings knowing what the differences were. As I did on my initial listening, I could hear differences between Claire1 as compared to 2 and 3 which I could not tell apart. My experience is similar to Bill's: "1 does sound different."

Initially listening to the two WS samples, I felt WS2 is better. On listening and relistening to the Claire samples, I definitely preferred 2 and 3 over 1.

Also I support DNi's recommendation on MDG recordings for recording quality, I have several of MDG's recordings of chamber, piano, and orchestral music and often go back to them with pleasure.
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Old 14th November 2019, 06:06 PM   #276
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I could hear differences between Claire1 as compared to 2 and 3 which I could not tell apart.
Conclusion: 2 & 3 are the transparent ones ?
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Changing the subject for a moment, I have some trouble seeing the point of these listening comparison threads. Guess they might sway a few skeptics to accept that we may be able to hear some things that didn't seem possible before. Other than that, is anything useful coming out of it or is it just something to do solely for entertainment?
It seems to be an attempt to try a more qualitative approach instead of the usual quantitative test method.
As matching/synchronizaion of the vocabulary is missing, the results (or meaning of the descriptions) are a bit vague, but are interesting nevertheless.

I think one of the interesting questions is, if one can dismiss any kind of published sighted reviewing process while appreciating the same kind of process in a forum.
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I think one of the interesting questions is, if one can dismiss any kind of published sighted reviewing process while appreciating the same kind of process in a forum.
Does publishing involve the exchange of money?
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