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  1. Was this the first box set?

    Classical sets go back to the 20s The biggest 78 set I have is Handel's Concerto Grossi Op 6 by Adolph Busch. 25 records. 50 sides. 1947
  2. Compatible stereo / quad

    Through a multichannel AV receiver with DSPs. Most of them have several different flavors of matrixed decoding.
  3. Compatible stereo / quad

    Try playing it with Dolby ProLogic II decoding. It might work.
  4. Bargain DVD boxes

    Is this an episodic series or is it serialized? I can take serialized in five or six eps at a time, but 20 discs is daunting for an ongoing story. I still haven't gotten through the first season of the Sopranos because of that.
  5. Any Airport Express Users Here?

    I was having slow internet speeds and the firmware update fixed it.
  6. Bargain DVD boxes

    The last classical box I saw cheap was the complete stereo Heifetz. That one was a super duper bargain.
  7. Classical music bargains

    Here's a super bargain price on 5.1 SACDs by the Royal Philharmonic- 4 Euro a disc. I originally ordered these, it was a "pig in a poke". I hadn't heard any of them but I took a chance on a stack of them to check them out. The recordings are from the mid 1990s when the Royal Philharmonic was preparing for a world tour to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The conductors include Mackerras, Wordsworth, Judd, Gibson and Shelley, among others.They arrived the other day and I played a few of them and they are fantastic. I played a couple of discs all the way through and spot checked the rest. The performances are spirited and are very tight. The string sections bow in unison with remarkable precision. The Rossini overtures were a lot of fun. I sampled some of the Zarathustra, Dvorak Slavonic Dances, Scheherezade, early music collection and the organ sampler and they were all excellent as well.The sound is spectacular without being showy. The dynamic range is very broad. It sounds wonderful loud and the rear channels provide just enough ambience to fill the room with the sound of the hall. The liner notes say that they recorded these with as many as 45 microphones- yow! But the sound is well clear and warm with lots of perspective. The percussion is recessed and the sound of the violins is a little mellower than other recordings. The hall ambience is very realistic. It's not that close miked kind of sound you often find on "audiophile" recordings... more like the old school approach where the soundstage is big and well defined and you feel like you're in 8th row center in a concert hall. I have several Pentatone multichannel SACDs, and I like the sound of these RPO ones better.I went back today and ordered all the rest (except for the nursery rhymes disc). At 3.99 Euro apiece, it's a drop dead bargain. For two channel, they might not be first choice, but those with 5.1 systems should scoop these up.
  8. I haven't heard these, but the reviews are good so I just ordered them... Appears to be TV and radio broadcasts of varying quality, but the price is good for a pig in a poke- £12.99 Abbey Road and Beyond: Greatest Hits and Lost Sessions 1962 - 1966 (6 CD Box Set) The Rolling Stones - Satisfaction In Concert: The Classic Broadcasts 1964-1966 [4 CD Set] Life From Mars: The Legendary Broadcast Collaboration 4 CD Box Set
  9. Bargain DVD boxes

    Tonight I watched a very odd show with Blondie and Peaches and Herb. They hired dancers to upstage the performers and they are very odd and very stupid looking. Blondie lip synced Heart of Glass and did One Way Or The Other live. Yes, Redbone is on the set. That Indian drag thing is very odd. The guitar player was in a loin cloth. I kept wanting to avert my eyes. But not quite as much as the guy in the cellophane trousers dancing to Blondie. That was total cringe.
  10. Bargain DVD boxes

    I watched most of the first disc last night, and it's all live. For Tom Petty, that is a good thing. For Harry Chapin and Argent, it's not a good thing at all. Does anyone know if these are complete shows? It looks like they were set up to do more than just the song that is in the program. In one song the drummer just sits there while they do an acoustic guitar song. Did they record a half dozen songs of each and sprinkle them through the season? That would be tough for Crystal Gale because she appeared to only have one song (Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue). She sings it in the beginning of the show then says goodbye and proceeds to sing it again. I can see her performing at a live concert playing it six times in a row before saying goodnight. She didn't appear to have much else going for her. The set I got from Deep Discount is six discs
  11. Bargain DVD boxes

    I just got it in the mail. It's a great set. I don't think they're complete shows, but they cherry picked well and there's over 8 hours of material there. The performances are all live. No lip sync.
  12. Classical music bargains

    A bit of a grab bag, but a good deal at $30 shipped to the US. Naxos 30th Anniversary Collection. 30 CDs
  13. Mozart Symphonies Box Set

    I would choose Bohm's Beethoven 6th and Mozart's late symphonies as first choices.
  14. Do you follow the box bargains thread in this forum? There are some fantastic sets there that are just as good as Mosaic's selling for a fraction of the price. As a for instance, being discussed right now is a 6 CD box set of Django Reinhardt on Vogue. Great stuff from 1934-1951 in very good sound for less than $20. There are labels that specialize in great jazz, blues and old time country box sets at well under $7 a disc, sometimes as low as $2 a disc. It's great to be the best of the best, but you also have to remain competitive. Mosaic is still operating on the same business plan it was operating under in the late 90s. It isn't streaming's fault that they aren't able to stay afloat. You have to move with the market and serve as broad a demographic as you can.
  15. The real problem with Mosaic is the price point. No one pays full retail price like they did back in the 90s. I still buy lots of CDs, but I buy them in big box sets at $2 to $3 a disc- and those are great boxes.