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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    That is an absolutely superb performance; I'm looking forward to hearing what the recording quality is like.
    We'll see. Meanwhile, if anyone is brave enough (gambling with $6 does not take much courage) it seems the seller has a second set at same price, at least I still see it listed here.
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    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Just Highlights disk:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Just Highlights disk:
    I've just borrowed the full set from the library.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I've just borrowed the full set from the library.
    I wish our library was as good as yours. They have a poor selection and are only allowed to order stuff which is available within the county of Staffordshire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    That is an absolutely superb performance; I'm looking forward to hearing what the recording quality is like.
    I was going to say, a classic performance indeed. And at that price? Even if the sound is just decent, it's still a steal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    We'll see. Meanwhile, if anyone is brave enough (gambling with $6 does not take much courage) it seems the seller has a second set at same price, at least I still see it listed here.
    Just looked into this set. Here's a very thorough review:

    The Best 'Ring' Issued On Just 7 Compact Disks

    There's a bit of a technical caveat to keep in mind:

    "These disks are the first manifestations (and, maybe, the last) of a new wrinkle in digital technology called the double-duration disk. The trick is achieved by recording separate monaural information on each channel of what in a conventional stereo recording would take two channels.

    Technically, according to audio experts, this results in no loss of fidelity whatsoever, assuming you're dealing with an original monaural source; the digital information in a single channel is fully adequate for reproducing monaural sound.

    To play these disks, you need a simple switching device that feeds mono sound signals on one channel into both of your speakers. Most CD players, designed to play only stereo disks, lack such a device. So Rodolphe provides one, packed into their ''Ring'' set under the plastic shrink wrap. All you do is take the pair of leads, or wires, that attach your CD player to your pre-amplifier or receiver and plug them instead into this little device. Then a new pair of leads (provided) connects the device to the original jacks on the pre-amplifier."

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    I think I need to break out my colour crayons again.

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    Clayton. Thanks for posting this in current listening. I wanted some Bartoli and this has her doubled up in two roles. Nabbed it for 99 cents plus shipping:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Just looked into this set. Here's a very thorough review:

    The Best 'Ring' Issued On Just 7 Compact Disks

    There's a bit of a technical caveat to keep in mind:

    "These disks are the first manifestations (and, maybe, the last) of a new wrinkle in digital technology called the double-duration disk. The trick is achieved by recording separate monaural information on each channel of what in a conventional stereo recording would take two channels.

    Technically, according to audio experts, this results in no loss of fidelity whatsoever, assuming you're dealing with an original monaural source; the digital information in a single channel is fully adequate for reproducing monaural sound.

    To play these disks, you need a simple switching device that feeds mono sound signals on one channel into both of your speakers. Most CD players, designed to play only stereo disks, lack such a device. So Rodolphe provides one, packed into their ''Ring'' set under the plastic shrink wrap. All you do is take the pair of leads, or wires, that attach your CD player to your pre-amplifier or receiver and plug them instead into this little device. Then a new pair of leads (provided) connects the device to the original jacks on the pre-amplifier."
    Convenient, but not absolutely necessary, so long as you have a balance control you can put it all the way left then all the way right. First disk will sound from one side of listening room, second from other side. Or you can move the speakers together.

    For me on mp3 player it is a different animal and I have to pull up Audacity and re-save only the one channel, which I did with my Fidelio set that is like this. I listen on a single earbud designed for people deaf in one ear, so it combines both channels to one but. Every music freak should have one set or disk of this sort for the novelty of it.

    Twisted fun if you loan the disk to a friend and not tell them about it's quirky nature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Convenient, but not absolutely necessary, so long as you have a balance control you can put it all the way left then all the way right. First disk will sound from one side of listening room, second from other side. Or you can move the speakers together.

    For me on mp3 player it is a different animal and I have to pull up Audacity and re-save only the one channel, which I did with my Fidelio set that is like this. I listen on a single earbud designed for people deaf in one ear, so it combines both channels to one but. Every music freak should have one set or disk of this sort for the novelty of it.

    Twisted fun if you loan the disk to a friend and not tell them about it's quirky nature.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Clayton. Thanks for posting this in current listening. I wanted some Bartoli and this has her doubled up in two roles. Nabbed it for 99 cents plus shipping:
    Nice. I bought this set for $6 (no shipping) at my local second-hand store. It's great when you can rule out buyer's remorse in advance.

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    Another visit to my local shop.


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    My last purchase for the whole year. I promise not to buy any more CDs for the rest of the year.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    My last purchase for the whole year. I promise not to buy any more CDs for the rest of the year.
    I admire your restraint!

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