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Discussion: Mahler: Symphony No. 10 - Sieghart

Posts: 6

Post by sperlsco April 7, 2008 (1 of 6)
Does anyone know what the "Direct Cut" version of this CD represents? I can't imagine any scenario where I would pay $400 for a CD, but I am interested in WHY this version is priced as such. Of course that is the problem with these Exton-Octavia CD's: it is hard to get information on them until someone makes a purchase.

FWIW, I am extremely excited that there is a release of the Samale-Mazucca completion of Mahler's 10th symphony. As such, the $40 import price for the plain SACD version from Japan is a no-brainer.


Scott

Post by zeus April 7, 2008 (2 of 6)
sperlsco said:

Does anyone know what the "Direct Cut" version of this CD represents?

There has been some discussion here before. From my understanding, they reduce the number of steps in the pre-mastering. Whether it makes a difference to the sound is up to the listener. These "Direct Cut" titles are limited to a pressing of 60 or 90 each and are stereo only.

Post by threerandot April 8, 2008 (3 of 6)
I am wondering if you have less expensive playback equipment how much of a difference it would make in terms of making such a purpose worthwhile. Has anyone heard one of these recordings yet? What kind of gear do you have?

Post by sperlsco April 8, 2008 (4 of 6)
Thanks. Most of these newer Exton recordings sound fantastic in the "cheap" version that I buy. My equipment does not merit anything else (Denon 3808 Receiver, Oppo-980, NHT Classic 3's, etc.).

Scott

Post by baudolino January 31, 2015 (5 of 6)
The direct cut version has incredible dynamic range. Listening to it for the second time now; the quiet sections have a totally "black background", whereas the peaks have earth-shattering bass and presence. Don't know if there is a 'standard' SACD version of this recording, so can't make a judgment if the direct cut is so much better. But judged on its own merit, it certainly is a very high quality recording that tests the limits of one's replay system.

Post by fausto K January 31, 2015 (6 of 6)
baudolino said:

The direct cut version has incredible dynamic range. Listening to it for the second time now; the quiet sections have a totally "black background", whereas the peaks have earth-shattering bass and presence. Don't know if there is a 'standard' SACD version of this recording, so can't make a judgment if the direct cut is so much better. But judged on its own merit, it certainly is a very high quality recording that tests the limits of one's replay system.

yes, there is a standard SACD: Mahler: Symphony No. 10 - Sieghart
and it is very good indeed.

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