06, 1999 Comments by Robert Funk
been using my audio system the last couple of days-- the heat has been
truly nasty and I'm too much like my father to get air conditioning...
We got a bit of relief today so I've fired up the power amp again tonight
(the preamp has been burning in for 4 days now).
listening to Mahler's Third (the Bernstein and Horenstein recordings
tonight) and the thing that really jumps out is the detail in the bass
and mid-bass. Double-basses and celli are much more delineated than
I've ever heard before. It's similar to how Severance Hall (the home
of the Cleveland Orchestra) brings out the sound of the cello.
an instrument that gets lost in many recordings and orchestra halls--
so many have a mid-bass anemia that loses the gutsy feel of a large
symphony (like Mahler, Bruckner, Brahms). With this preamp, it's much
easier to follow the lines of these instruments. I've even noticed plucked
double-bass passages that I've never heard before. All of the instruments
have a solidity and weight that only comes with a proper reproduction
of the low and lowest octaves. Quite an achievement in itself. Maybe
you should add a gold faceplate and try a french accent with a dash
you a line toward the end of the week.