Pick the few pieces you like best, and you've got a first-rate, modem (albeit expensive) XRCD
X-ray spacings in crystals, another great NBS specialty, and density of crystals of known chemical and isotopic composition yield the Avogadro constant by the XRCD
(X-Ray Crystal Density) method.
LIM, a division of FIM Music, uses only the best master tapes they can find and remaster them in the celebrated XRCD
process, using the JVC replication plant in Japan.
It sounded very, very good, and now LIM (Lasting Impression Music, the Decca remastering arm of producer Winston Ma's First Impression Music) have given it the ultimate treatment in XRCD
As always, the XRCD
processing is impeccable, ensuring a clean, wide frequency and dynamic ranges; and the elaborate packaging in a clothbound case, with plastic booklet pages, and a static-free inner sleeve are attractive.
FIM does up the recording in the 24-bit XRCD
process developed by JVC, a technology so precise and so exacting it makes the formulas for string theory seem crude by comparison.
The people at First Impression Music transferred the sonics from the original 1963 Decca master tape, engineered by Kenneth Wilkinson, in their meticulous (and costly) XRCD
process, producing a disc of stunning clarity and presence.
I have not hidden my admiration over the years for JVC's XRCD
remasterings of classic RCA and Decca material.
For the longest time I listened to this CD, and of course I'm aware that there was a JVC XRCD
released, but I never have had the pleasure of hearing it.
Of course, the reason people buy products in JVC's XRCD
line is because they can expect the best possible sound from the best possible source material, and again the JVC engineers do not disappoint.
So, probably 99% of all the people in the world with stereo systems wouldn't notice anything better or worse about this Mo-Fi remastering any more than they would notice a difference in a JVC XRCD
remastering or an Audio Research amp or a Wilson speaker.
2, I have long held a preference for the old Stokowski recordings available now on RCA Living Stereo and, even better, on JVC XRCD
. But for the Enesco and all six of the Liszt Rhapsodies on one disc, there is nothing finer than Dorati's old Mercury edition.