Please consider supporting us by giving monthly PayPal donations and help keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever. Anja, the Daughter of jazz saxophonist Jan Garbarek, with Steven Wilson and Robert Wyatt, and all together on one album should make for something interesting and certainly enough it does.
Steven does production for the album and plays various instruments on various tracks but not the track with Robert Wyatt. CD players with tubed output stages are sheer genius when it comes to analog lovers who are still looking for a digital front end that fits their sonic preferences. You're safe and sound now, back in good ol' As a hardcore vinyl lover, it's easy for me to know when I have a decent digital front end in my system.
Whenever I own an analog rig that can easily surpasses the sound quality of my CD player, I spend an disproportionate amount of time listening to LPs. When I have a good digital player at my disposal, however, I actually have to make a genuine choice when I want to listen to something. The Shanling fits into that relatively small group of digital players that have come my way over the last few years and have given me a true alternative to analog.
It won't make me give up on vinyl the way a Album) of those hideously expensive players would. The CD-T lacks that sense of infinite scale that many of those five-figure machines provide. Like a DeLorean, the visual aspects of the ' may or may not be to your liking. But close your eyes, hit the dimmer switch, and prepare to be impressed.
Ah, at last Would the audio world be turned on its ear? Better yet, would such a product prompt millions of music lovers and audiophiles to get back into vinyl for the first time in years?
Probably not. Secondly, there is no best in the world of audio, only preference. Still, the GCPH makes a hell of a case for itself by offering an astonishing amount of features for a mere grand. You get plenty of flexibility with impedance loading and gain so that you can use the GCPH with almost any cartridge available. You get a subsonic filter and a large power supply for deep, quiet bass response. You can adjust gain, phase and switch from mono to stereo via controls on the front panel or by remote control a major selling point for my lazy butt.
You can even use the GCPH as a preamp by connecting it directly to your power amp if you're one of those purists who have an all-analog system. God bless you if you are! All of these features are placed in a handsome and substantial case. In other words, the GCPH isn't one of those no-frills phono stages that eschew features, appearance and even the most minimal of enclosures in the service of a superior circuit or design.
Build quality and styling are similar to some of the finest and most expensive phono stages I've used. Fortunately, the GCPH isn't the polar opposite of those bare-bones phono sections, offering an impressive list of features and only adequate sound quality. In fact, the GCPH is one of those truly aggravating components for reviewers because it's so hard to pinpoint any real sonic shortcomings.
With some phono preamps at this price point, I can usually pick up on at least one minor flaw in a relatively short time, such as a lack of deep bass or a slightly dry presentation.
The GCPH sounded balanced and confident right out of the box, immediately winning me over. Bass was deep and extended, and the highs were smooth without sounding rolled off. I've been spending a lot of time listening to the Polyvinyl pressing of Ida's Lovers and Prayersand I've been hypnotized by the stark yet lovely sound quality of this LP. With other recordings, I felt that the GCPH offered an impressively neutral Album) that avoided both the glossiness and woolliness that I find common in most entry-level units.
It was only after I spent some time with two state-of-the-art phono preamps which cost five to ten times as much as the GCPH that I finally noticed that this wasn't quite the best phono preamplifier in the world. I hate to use this term, but the PS Audio lacked a certain magic that these very expensive units produced Thats All - Anja Garbarek - Smiling & Waving (CD ease. About half of the audiophiles in the world will roll their eyes, and the other half will know exactly what I mean by this term.
Sometimes there's that last bit of illumination in sound that distracts your attention away from the recording, and redirects your focus to the natural properties of the music. This wouldn't normally be a problem, except for the input jacks are both labeled white, and both outputs are labeled red, which means you'll be plugging white RCA plugs from your interconnects into red jacks, and vice versa.
The owner's manual didn't make this as clear as it could have, in my opinion, and you might get a little exasperated working it all out in your brain before flipping on the power switches. So the GCPH isn't quite the best phono preamplifier in the world. Again, it depends on your preferences, and what type of analog rig you'll be using. At this level, the PS Audio would be my clear choice, and it certainly earns my highest recommendation. Monday, February 8, Benz-Micro Ref 3 cartridge.
This one was written in May Unfortunately, Benz-Micro replaced this model before this review could appear. By its brief length, you can tell this was meant to be part of an overall series on cartridges.
If you're looking for a bigger, clearer, more dynamic presentation in your analog rig, take a look a Benz-Micro's wooden-bodied Ref 3 cartridge. This moving-coil cartridge, which offers 0. For instance, the Benz's skills at drawing out powerful and convincing musical crescendos from a stark black background were evident while I listened to my treasured Athena pressing of Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances and Vocaliseperformed by Donald Johanos and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
The Ref 3 never sounded compressed or taxed by the louder, more rhythmically complicated passages. More than once, goosebumps were raised on my forearms, a telling sign.
The midrange quality of the Ref 3, however, may have sounded slightly subdued in the context of the outstanding performance in the treble region, but it never detracted from the overall presentation.
If anything, these frequencies were smooth and relaxed, possibly a result of the superbly-crafted wooden body. At the same time, the Ref 3 is one of the rare wooden-bodied cartridges that could never be called warm or lush, although I suspect the body is what keeps this Benz from being characterized as cool or analytical. The Ref 3 is sensitive to loading, preferring to be run full-out at 47k ohms.
Experiment with lower settings I originally had it set at the same ohm setting as my Koetsu Rosewoodand you'll find the bass response to virtually disappear. Once I opened up the throttle, so to speak, the Benz sounded full and impressive, and in perfect balance with those spectacular highs. I think the Ref 3 might the ideal cartridge for turntables, such as acrylic models, that might sound otherwise overdamped.
I actually mounted it on my Technics SL, and the Ref 3 almost completely eliminated that dark, claustrophobic Technics sound that troubles me so.
So if you're looking for a cartridge that will inject a little excitement into a fairly dull-sounding analog rig, the Ref 3 is it. It's the cayenne pepper of moving coils! Labels: benz-microcartridgephono cartridge. Aperion Audio Intimus 5B loudspeakers. This was written in June It was the proverbial dark and stormy night here in the Pacific Northwest, and I had my reference system ripped apart and spread all over the floor of my listening room.
I had old stuff going out and new stuff coming in, and I was making room, dusting shelves and cleaning jacks in preparation for the new set-up. I saw an unopened box containing a pair of Aperion Audio Intimus 5B mini-monitors. In no time I had the 5Bs sitting on the floor, hooked up to a SimAudio I-7 integrated amp via a pair of Audience Maestro speaker cables. I hadn't received a pair of stands yet, so I figured I'd at least get them broken in a little beforehand.
Then a funny thing happened. I was able to get through all four sides of the LP easily and even moved onto a couple more LPs. Coming back to earth After getting these broken in and positioned on Sound Anchor stands, the hyperbole lessened just a little bit. These little speakers aren't quite the Second Coming, but they still offer plenty of value and performance for their size. The veneer is real wood, however, which is becoming rarer at this price point.
Glossy black is also available for the same price. When I removed the Intimus 5Bs out of their very thorough packaging which includes the ubiquitous Aperion purple velvet bag with yellow drawstrings, a nice touchI truly wondered how much was left for the drivers, crossovers and cabinet.
Manufacturing these speakers in China and selling them directly certainly saves a few bucks, but Aperion also offers free shipping, a day money back guarantee including return shippinga year warranty and excellent customer support.
Feeling the Illinoise The Intimus 5Bs wound up performing their best with a little bit of power behind them. These speakers are relatively inefficient 84 dB and have a steady 6-ohm impedance. While I started with the wpc solid-state SimAudio I-7 on that fateful, inclement night, I eventually tried the new conrad-johnson LP66S tube amplifier which offers 60wpc.
The 5Bs sounded a little more soft and indistinct with the CJ, and dynamic contrasts seemed to retreat into similar shades of gray.
Aperion recommends at least 25 wpc for the 5Bs, but I'd go a lot higher just to preserve that full sound. The I-7, therefore, stayed in the system for the remainder of the review.
After extended listening sessions with the I-7 at the helm, I still felt that the bass performance of the 5B was genuinely impressive considering the size of the enclosure. While I'm not a fan of added colorations, I do prefer this type of sound to some modern mini-monitors that cut off suddenly under 60 or 70 Hz and remove the foundation completely.
In most cases this presupposes the addition of a subwoofer. The soundstage was surprisingly large as well, extending well beyond the boundaries of my listening room. Again, I had to shake my head in disbelief that a speaker so small and inexpensive could get these fundamentals right. The 5Bs ultimately came up short in the delivery of inner detail. I imagined a child coloring with crayons, getting all of the borders and lines perfect but becoming suddenly uneven and shaky when it came to shading the interiors of those shapes.
Feel the Illinoise! These instruments would blend together as if the musicians were sitting in each other's laps, especially if I turned the volume up a bit.
One more caveat involves the grille covers. It's been a while since I've heard a grille cloth alter the overall sound of a speaker this drastically. With the grilles in place, the treble became excessively grainy and harsh, and I thought I had finally found the Achilles' Heel of these little speakers.
Once these were removed, the upper frequencies smoothed out considerable and even took on a slightly liquid and warm character. Finally, there's the standard disclaimer that accompanies most mini-monitors But did I mention the price?
As good as these are as stand-alone speakers, I'm sure that they realize their potential when mated with one of Aperion's subwoofers. I've used one of these in the past and found it to be another outstanding bargain. I also discovered that the 5Bs are excellent near-field monitors and might be the perfect speakers to hook up to your computer. Aperion recommends them as an excellent solution for gaming as well.
In this type of application, the 5Bs will allow you to hear deep into a recording while retaining the same sense of scale as in a normal configuration. The sleeve shows minimal wear and the vinyl is Excellent with little sign of play TF We want to buy your rare Anja Garbarek records - click here.
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Sold Out - 'Request Next' to get an email if it comes back into stock. The daughter of ECM jazz saxophone legend Jan GarbarekAnja has moved far from the distorted Thats All - Anja Garbarek - Smiling & Waving (CD of her debut, the elegantly weird Balloon Mood from Her sound is all but impossible to describe, but there are moments where the wispy, almost invisible vocal style of Stina Nordenstam echoes in the mix, as the does the lyrical irony of Laurie Andersonand the broken poetic phrasing of Bjork.
But this is no comparison, as shades and specters of different music such as jazz, classical, rock, trip-hop, and even dub waft through this airy mix, through all of them appear as ghosts, musics that are what we remember them as, from some near future emptiness, rather than as current constructs from Thats All - Anja Garbarek - Smiling & Waving (CD to make music from.
There is the notion of observance, Garbarek is always the outsider, witnessing small occurrences in everyday life and reading who knows what into them. Then it descends into "The Gown," drawing more experimentation with piano, beats, and sounds. Yet, nothing denies the fact that Anja should be better recognized for her original and mezmerizing music.
It's a rarity to find talent under the mainstream music, these days. I read a lot of things about this album, the only common point in Thats All - Anja Garbarek - Smiling & Waving (CD the reviews was: "This album is one of the best ever done in Norway". Without being a great specialist of Norvegian music, I guess it's true unless Baloon Mood, Anja Garbarek's second album is better. But please, don't try to compare Anja Garbarek to anyone else.
Their styles are so completely opposed. Smiling and waving music captivates your mind with simples symphonies, and with very view instrumental background. The best comparison is maybe Stina Nordenstam, but Anja's Garbarek voice has the purity of cristal, far more than Stin Nordenstam.
As a conclusion let say that listening to this album is like having a break, everything is fluent here. It is like a moon stone felt on earth just to make you feeling better. So let's have a break.
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