can you give the exact names of each of the albums including the one you didnt buy? thanks
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With all due respect, I could not disagree more with the assessment that past XRCD's are not good. To name just two, Everybody Loves Bill Evans and The Reiner / Chicago performance of the Scheherazade, both are very dynamic and natural to my ears.
More generally, I have found the series as a whole, and whether in XRCD, XRCD2 or XRCD24 iterations, to be excellent and far superior to most CD's. I have no idea what you and HP are hearing (or not hearing).
Yeah - you're right - sorry, I was generalizing - I have not heard the majority of the XRCDs and the word "sucked" was perhaps misleading and overstated. I should have been more articulate, saying "of the great expectations held out for past XRCDs that may have fallen short, these particular ones hit the mark." Overall, I was trying to say mainly how great I thought these new ones were; I should not have concentrated on the old ones...
I'll say it again for those who are interested, the XRCD's are made with the JVC K2 mastering proccess and there is a line of K2 cd out there. Fantasy records is the company behind them, they're almost all jazz, though I recently picked up a live CCR disc called "The Concert", and they sound absolutely amazing. They are regular cd prices $13-17, rather than the $25-30 prices of XRCD's. Unfortunately I've never listened to an XRCD to compare, but I have a feeling they're pretty similar.
I read HPs article and I believe (although not completely clear) that he was referring to XRCD classical music titles. Having never heard one of these I can neither agree or disagree with his assessment of their sound quality. However, I own a large number of XRCD jazz titles and to me they sound pretty good!