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Super Audio Collection, Vol. 10

Super Audio Collection, Vol. 10

Linn Records  AKP 564

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Demos/Samplers


Various artists

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Review by Graham Williams - July 23, 2017

The decision by Linn records to cease issuing their new releases on SACD has been a cause of great dismay for many collectors because, over many years, the label has produced countless award-winning recordings, both stereo and multi-channel, in that format. It is, however, now possible to obtain all these recordings in high resolution sound via downloads in different qualities and file types. Details of these are available on the Linn website and I would recommend newcomers to downloads visit http://www.linnrecords.com/linn-downloads-beginners-guide.aspx .

The 'Super Audio Collection Volume 10' is the latest in a series of samplers designed to showcase recent Linn releases, and for listeners (the majority?) still wedded to the physical media this hybrid multi-channel SACD does provide the opportunity to audition in hi-res some releases that are only available on CD or as downloads.

All but one of the well-chosen samples here are taken from the Linn Classical catalogue and cover a commendably wide variety of musical genres and periods ranging from Trevor Pinnock's fine recording of Sweelinck's Variations on 'Mein junges Leben hat ein End' to the spirited Aldeburgh Strings account of Britten's 'Young Apollo' – both of which are given complete.

The whole disc is also a tribute to the splendid work of Linn engineer and producer Philip Hobbs whose efforts in a variety of recording venues and different acoustic signatures is exemplary and may well tempt those who have yet to take the plunge with downloads to give them a try.

Recommended.

Copyright © 2017 Graham Williams and HRAudio.net

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Comment by hiredfox - September 7, 2017 (21 of 22)

You realise of course Nick that SSR is on a political mission. I'm not sure that the people whom he is targeting with his barbed comment will be that concerned about the SQ of the Hall or familiar with the Alpine Symphony, their focus will be rather more on how to avoid the expenditure of £300-500 to knock down the London Museum and replace it with SSR's Vanity project!

Classic Sounds do their best one suspects to make LSO Live discs sound as lifelike as possible and the higher DSD sample rate certainly seems to make the sound more like the sound you hear when you are there - if you follow me. That may not be quite the same as your loftier ambition!

Comment by Nick - September 7, 2017 (22 of 22)

I remember seeing the Barbican from the outside on my first trip to London in 1981, all I remember is a grey blob.
Brutalist toilet bloc chic would be my generous appraisal...
I've always wondered about the live sound in the hall*, down here in Melbourne it is a little bit far out of town to get to a concert!
I would be happy to lend SSR a tenner, fairly generous exchange rate at the moment :)
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* Didn't Chandos record a VW Sea Symphony there? I don't have that to compare to my LSO Live discs.

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