GRP and DMP are 2 that come to mind. On DMP I strongly recommend Flim and the BB's - Tricycle.
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There's lots of labels that produce CDs much better than the typical major label sonics. Check out Elusive Disc's website. They sell most of the good ones and have great service.
Some of my favs are on JVC XRCDs. Cisco is another good label. Although hard to find, it's hard to beat the sound of most on the DCC label, mastered by Steve Hoffman. Cheers,
If you enjoy world music, in particular Chinese music, I would recommend the offerings from FIM (First Impression Music). The owner, Winston MA, is an audiophile with a wonderful system and dedicated listening room. Many of the best recordings are also available in vinyl.
I would also second the Water Lily Acoustics suggestion above. Kavi Alexander produces minimalist recordings that capture acoustic instruments with a standard 2 microphone array into custom analog recording decks.
Online, these recordings can be purchased from:
I agree agree with Thorman on the MaxJazz label. ECM also produces excellent sounding jazz recordings.
Mr.Alexander of Water Lily Acoustics on his website says:
"We are of the opinion that solid-state and digital technology are inadequate in resolving the complex nature of music, and thus have no place in the process of recording and reproducing it."
Gee, how do manufacture and reproduce CDs & SACDs without the use of solid-state electronics and digital technology?
Some very good suggestions have been mentioned so far.From a budget point of view I have gotten some very good classical and jazz discs from Naxos and Telarc for less than $10.
There are also some good finds in remastered RCA Red Seal and remastered Mercury Living Presence.