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  1. paolo

    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    Late afternoon here. A bit cold out. This music soothes my soul. There is just "something" about Mr. Corelli. Perhaps being played through Italian speakers enhances the experience. :)
  2. paolo

    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    Perfect for me on this rainy New Year's Eve. Here's to a brighter 2020 for all.
  3. paolo

    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    I love #14 but #15 is the one that makes me see stars. :) Actually, they all do in their own ways. :)
  4. paolo

    What's Best? The Absolute Sound or today's High End Systems?

    I like music. It's far more rewarding than counting the number of angels on a pinhead.
  5. paolo

    What SONG are you listening to right now?

    Oban, well awwwright! Let me clarify, I was just a lower middle-class white kid from the suburbs with easy access to NYC, especially the Village. "On the Road" was my bible. But without a map. I stumbled into various scenes out of keen curiosity, dumb luck, minor misfortune, and looking...
  6. paolo

    What SONG are you listening to right now?

    Terrific! Thank you so much for posting this. :)
  7. paolo

    What SONG are you listening to right now?

    Single malt and no cigars and I am IN! :) It was a wonderful time for me. I remember when Ornette Coleman hit the NYC scene with his plastic sax. There were a lot of skeptics. When Lenny Bernstein heard the quartet he proclaimed Ornette a genius. That seemed to shut down the naysayers...
  8. paolo

    What SONG are you listening to right now?

    Morello is a saint IMO, and that, in no way diminishes the brilliance of the other artists on this recording. I mean, it IS the Dave Brubeck Quartet after all! I, too, had no idea this existed but thanks to Qobuz, I do now. I grew up listening to Symphony Sid on a transistor radio tucked...
  9. paolo

    Martin-Logan Owners

    I would also like to say that I love my venerable, upgraded Linn LP12, original Ittok with HANA LO cart, and have finally reached the point where I can enjoy both analog and digital playback, understanding there are differences. The fragility of vinyl still haunts me, but I think I've come to...
  10. paolo

    Martin-Logan Owners

    Gregadd, I am neither facetious nor sarcastic. Clearly Roberto is a passionate and earnest fellow and his feelings resonate with me. A humble suggestion: Please check your spell-check. It's all about the music, ultimately, is it not? I've come to appreciate digital playback after decades...
  11. paolo

    What SONG are you listening to right now?

    This collection blows my mind. JAZZ!!!!!!!!!!!! Wonderful re- interpretations of some familiar and not-so-familiar material.
  12. paolo

    Martin-Logan Owners

    Roberto, I cannot claim to have a completely accurate recollection of my LP's but for the most part, the music is in my head. Having said that, it is not a completely satisfactory situation because all too often, I am left with many "ear worms" which can go round and round, heard only by me...
  13. paolo

    Martin-Logan Owners

    I find the best way to ensure optimum LP quality is to clean and play the record but once, committing the performance to memory, where it remains unscathed. There, I can hit mental replay countless times. Once played, I donate my vinyl to charity. Yes, I have gone through many thousands of...
  14. paolo

    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    Some days Marin Marais is my drug of choice. I find this an especially appealing selection.
  15. paolo

    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    Thanks for the alert, Rando, love the music and the cover art as well.
  16. paolo

    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    Beautiful music played by a beautiful artist gets me every time. If my comment is socio-politically "incorrect" so be it. Full disclosure, I love these works no matter who plays them as long as they are at least competent. :)
  17. paolo

    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    New to me - featuring some of my very favorite instruments containing unusual pairings of cello and organ, in my (limited) experience and quite enjoyable.
  18. paolo

    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    Late afternoon on a chilly but clear Sunday. The word "delightful" comes to my mind. And, not that I don't try to live in the moment, but post-winter solstice in coming soon. :) AKA, let there be more light.
  19. paolo

    What's Best? The Absolute Sound or today's High End Systems?

    OP seems to be advocating some sort of path of least resistance. Why would he even bother to ask this rhetorical question? What's his point? Live music is LIVE. Reproduced music at home is reproduced music. The Photoshopped image of HP is tasteless, at best.
  20. paolo

    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    Tonight I'm keeping it "simple" but simplicity is often anything but. :)
  21. paolo

    What's Best? The Absolute Sound or today's High End Systems?

    Column A: Live acoustic music Column B: Reproduced acoustic music Column C: music sent through wires, at home or abroad
  22. paolo

    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    And thank goodness, no beards!
  23. paolo

    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    Rando, you certainly"scored" with that CD set! I'm listening to this- perfect music to go with a large mug of strong coffee on this drizzly, gray PNW morning. I played decent clarinet and some other reed instruments when I was a lad but never good enough to make a career out of it. I like the...
  24. paolo

    Guarneri Homage: A question regarding longevity and room size.

    Update: I now have a pristine REL T5 and have been having a lot of fun dialing it in. The guidelines in the REL manual get me very close to what sounds darn good. If anything I've dialed down the crossover and gain a few clicks from REL's suggested starting point of 15. Happy holidays to me...
  25. paolo

    What's Best? The Absolute Sound or today's High End Systems?

    Pardon the cliche' but OP is presenting an "apples or oranges" rhetorical: Live music in a dedicated venue,, versus reproduced music in one's home. The choice is yours. I prefer to experience both, depending on logistics.
  26. paolo

    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    Rando: Thank you very much for the history lesson. I have learned much, and now have an even greater appreciation of Ms. Bartoli.
  27. paolo

    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    Bravo, and thank you NorthStar for posting this. :)
  28. paolo

    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    @marslo: The fact is, that castrati were not "half men and half women" They were castrated boys who could not father children. An image depicting Cecilia Bartoli wearing a beard is someone's less than brilliant "concept." Even if it was, perhaps, Ms. Bartoli's. Will it boost album sales...

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