I doubt this comes as a surprise to most of you

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Bioman

I doubt this comes as a surprise to most of you
« on: 30 Jan 2020, 01:38 am »
For the holidays my wife gifted me (with a little direction from me  :lol: ) two sets of the RCA Living Presence recordings (Set's I and III).  I had heard a few in the past (BMG) and liked them to a point, but man, these Sony remasters while not quite as good as most R.R. recordings offerings, are to my ears better than dozens of other modern recordings I have.  I paid on average $2.5 a disc, could not be more pleased.  What has your experience been? 

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Re: I doubt this comes as a surprise to most of you
« Reply #1 on: 30 Jan 2020, 02:34 am »
Are you talking about the box CD sets? 

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« Reply #2 on: 30 Jan 2020, 11:18 am »
Yes

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« Reply #3 on: 30 Jan 2020, 01:01 pm »
I have one of the sets, and agree, they are excellent quality.  I've also got probably half of them early pressing vinyl, which can be even better.  Their sound engineers really had developed a feel for how to mic the great halls that the various orchestras played in during the late 50's and 60's. 

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Re: I doubt this comes as a surprise to most of you
« Reply #4 on: 30 Jan 2020, 02:30 pm »
I need to correct the first post.  I meant RCA Living Stereo, but I think you figured that out anyway.  :) 

Interestingly, I have a handful of these in vinyl (shaded dogs) as well as one (Leontyne Price) on 1/4" 7ips r to r.  Hope to someday do a comparison but not sure how to accurately match SPL levels as that can throw off perceptions. 


PS, if you know, can you comment on how the Mercury Living Presence CD's compared to the RCA Living Stereo and are there differences as with the BMG vs. Sony re-masterings?

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« Reply #5 on: 30 Jan 2020, 02:40 pm »
I do have one of the Mercury boxes as well. Over the years, I've developed impressions of the RCA sound vs. the Mercury sound.
I think Mercury does a better job of picking up the ambient sound of the hall.  RCA can be more dynamic and precisely imaged.  I've described it before as the difference between seats in the 10th row compared to seats in the 25th row.  Some like Mercury, some like RCA.  But I don't think there is any comparison in the actual vinyl pressings.  RCA's are cleaner, IMO.