Started by Appy34, August 23, 2014, 06:51:13 AM
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Quote from: amw on October 30, 2014, 12:32:24 AM24bit/88+khz quality—better than redbook CD—is on offer for selected titles at eClassical, Qobuz, Channel Classics & others. Usually more expensive, and I can't tell the difference myself, but if you're an audiophile it's likely to be preferable.
Quote from: amw on October 30, 2014, 12:32:24 AMI agree that it's not really worth downloading MP3s unless the prices are really good (e.g. the Taneyev Quartet's complete Schubert cycle, which shares the spot of second best Schubert cycle with the Auryns in my estimation, and which I got for $5). But proper CD quality downloads are much easier to come by legitimately these days than they were, say, five years ago. No reason to prefer CDs for me when the cost of shipping is usually much higher.
Quote from: amw on October 30, 2014, 12:32:24 AMI agree that it's not really worth downloading MP3s unless the prices are really good (e.g. the Taneyev Quartet's complete Schubert cycle, which shares the spot of second best Schubert cycle with the Auryns in my estimation, and which I got for $5).
Quote from: Jo498 on October 30, 2014, 07:36:52 AMWhat's your favorite Schubert SQ complete recording, Leipzig?
QuoteI am afraid I do not care enough about the early stuff to get more than the Auryn I already have, but I would probably download a complete Taneyev for <10 EUR out of general interest, but not at >30 EUR for 5 virtual discs with below CD quality files.
Quote from: bigshot on October 16, 2014, 10:45:18 PMWhen I started out, I targeted specific conductors and bought records one at a time. But if I was starting out today, I would dive into boxes. The stuff I carefully picked and chose is now in mega boxes for pennies.
Quote from: Ken B on October 30, 2014, 04:33:08 PMExactly. If you are starting out then just line up a bunch of the big boxes and go for it. It almost doesn't matter as long as you get a mix, and a lot of them!
Quote from: Appy34 on November 01, 2014, 11:00:16 AMI like the Spotify idea. I would still buy the discs (or downloads) of the performances I enjoy. However, being able to listen before buying would save you a lot of money in the long run.
Quote from: Appy34 on August 23, 2014, 06:51:13 AMLooking back when you began building a music collection, did you focus primarily on cost or finding the best available recording? Did you purchase single discs or boxed sets?I have been listening to classical for about six years and I've acquired about 100 titles. At first, I purchased based on recommendations. I then switched to box sets to increase the number of performances I had faster. I think both methods have their advantages and disadvantages, but I was curious in knowing how others felt about it.
Quote from: NorthNYMark on November 01, 2014, 11:51:20 AMThis is actually how I got started a few short years ago--first, the Decca box, then the DG 111 pt. 2, then Mercury Living Presence, then the Philips set. I have the second Decca and Living Presence sets, but have barely made a dent in them. Overall, I think the Decca, DG, and Philips sets provide a high quality and fairly broad introduction to a big swath of the "standard repertoire." Of course, listeners are likely to supplement them with more from the composers and performers that especially pique their interests.
Quote from: bachner on August 04, 2015, 08:26:09 AMI recently started to build a collection and decided to go by composer. Not necessarily in alphabetic order but Bach first. I recently heard Wagner's Tristan:Prelude & Liebestodt conducted by Toscanini and really enjoyed that so I might explore Wagner next.
Quote from: James The 1st on August 10, 2015, 06:46:45 PMI pretty much exclusively buy downloads from Amazon or Arkiv if they have it cheaper. Once you start getting above 192 bit rate for mp3s, it sounds good enough for me. I pretty much just buy stuff from Naxos, Chandos and Hyperion these days since I pretty much of most of the stuff by the greats. Even though Amazon doesn't give you their notes, it's pretty easy to get them from Classics online.I like the idea of having a nice bookshelve with CDs, but it's much easier to just have everything on a hard drive.
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