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For example, the design of and interaction between the hifi amplifier and its speaker load can and potentially will alter the sound balance of what you hear. To reproduce the sounds captured by the recording microphones, as Harbeth speakers are designed to do, you would naturally select system components (sources, electronics, cables and so on) that do not color the sound before it reaches the speakers.

Identifying components for their system neutrality should, logically, start with the interpretation and analysis of their technical, objective performance, as any and every deviation from a measurably flat frequency response at any point along the serial chain from microphone to ear is very likely to cause the total system to have an audible sonic personality. That includes the contribution of the listening room itself.

HUG specialises in making complex technical matters simple to understand, aiding the identification of audio components likely to maintain a faithful relationship between the recorded sound and the sound you hear. With our heritage of natural sound, HUG cannot be really be expected to guide in the selection, approval, endorsement or even discussion of equipment that is intend to introduce a significantly personalised sound to the audio signal chain. For that you should do your own research and above all, make the effort to visit an Authorised Dealer and listen to your music at your loudness on your loudspeakers through the various electronics offered there. There is no on-line substitute for that time investment in a dealer's showroom.

If you desire to intentionally tune your system sound to your personal taste, please consider carefully how much you should rely upon the subjective opinions of strangers. Their hearing acuity and taste will be different to yours, as will be their motives and budget, their listening distance, listening loudness and listening room treatment, not necessarily leading to appropriate equipment selection and listening satisfaction for you.

Alternatively, if faithfully reproducing the sound intended by the composer, score, conductor and musicians over your speakers is your audio dream, then understanding something of the issues likely to fulfill that objective is what this forum has been helping with since 2006. Welcome!"

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Realistic Recordings of Piano

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  • Realistic Recordings of Piano

    Do you have an album or album track on which the sound of the piano seems particularly realistic? We all have our own preferences, of course, say for the harder sound from next to the piano or the more reverberant sound from the 15th row of a lovely recording hall, but what recordings sound most like a real piano to you?

    I'll start:

    Mozart: Piano Quartets, Beaux Arts Trio
    Horowitz at Home, tracks: the Mozart sonata
    Horowitz at the Met, tracks: Scarlatti sonatas


  • #2
    Herbie Hancock: The Piano, tracks: My Funny Valentine & Blue Otani


    • #3
      ivo pogorelich plays moussorgsky: pictures at an exhibition. incredible CD.

      Harbeth M40.1-Naim NAC52-Supercap-NAP 135-CDS2-XPS


      • #4
        Many of them, these few night and now I am enjoying:
        - Argerich/Abbado/Mahler chamber orchestra beethoven piano concerto 3&2
        - Pires/Abbado/Chamber orchestra of Europe Mozart piano concerto 21&26
        - Argerich/Dutoit/Montreal Chopin piano concert 1&2

        "Bath with Music"


        • #5
          In addition to what Keith has mentioned above, i would like to add this one....Liszt piano concerto No 1...very compelling performance!


          • #6
            Add this too:
            Debussy Preludes & l'Isle Joyeuse by Maurizio Pollini on DGG 458 187-2.
            A well made very natural piano recording, imho.

            "If all else fails, read the instructions"


            • #7
              Add one more album i am listening now:
              - the art of Alfred brendel vol.1 virtouso pieces in Vanguard label featuring chopin polonaise and liszt Hungarian rhapsodies.
              "Bath with Music"