Tuesday, December 14, 2004

JVC's xrcd24's: the Shaded Dogs given a run for their money



The third iteration of xrcd releases--the so-called xrcd24's--is easily the best. The original xrcd's and the xrcd2's were very good but a little cold and threadbare. The few 24's (for 24-bit) I've heard are super: every bit as good as can be expected given the state of the digital art. I can hardly imagine the SACD's sounding better, though I have no direct comparison available at this point. But the xrcd's, though of "normal" CD 16-bit resolution, appear to be "voiced" more closely to the sound of the Living Stereo LP's. The Kabalevsky "Comedians" disc (Kondrashin and the "RCA Symphony," taped at the Manhattan Center in 1958) is very competitive with the Classic LP reissue, and far superior to the Living Stereo CD of around five years ago.



Great, great discs, assuming one has the system to appreciate them, though I feel most of their superiority will be evident even on modest setups.

MK

8 Comments:

At 1:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you subsequently compared this to the SACD and LP? Thanks for your site, it's great (new to it).

 
At 3:15 PM, Blogger Mitchell Kaufman said...

Hi! Thanks for checking out our site.

I have the Classic LP reissue of the Kabelevsky/Khatchaturian disc, and great as the xrcd is, the record is better still: more air, more impact, more accurate instrumental timbres. This is not to discount what's been accomplished with the xrcd, which is far superior to the regular Living Stereo CD. In retrospect, this advantage to the vinyl is typical of the Living Stereo series, whether we're talking about the Classic reissue or the original shaded dog. The xrcd's are spectacular for CD's, but not quite in the class of the LP's, at least on my system.

The Kabalevsky disc hasn't (yet) been issued on SACD.

Thanks again for reading, and my colleagues and I hope to hear from you again.

MK

 
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