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Discussion: Impressions - Momo Kodama

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Post by mekduk September 3, 2014 (1 of 2)
Just listened to this in stereo and couldn't imagine the poorly rated multichannel layer. What's wrong really?

Performance is very good and so is the sonic quality in stereo. Thoughts?

Post by Kveld-Úlfr September 4, 2014 (2 of 2)
mekduk said:

Just listened to this in stereo and couldn't imagine the poorly rated multichannel layer. What's wrong really?

Performance is very good and so is the sonic quality in stereo. Thoughts?

Well, Geohominid says it all in his review :

"This recording was made in 2002. In stereo it is very good, albeit close; a front-row knees on the piano perspective. For music such as this I think that some more distance would have added enchantment to such an analytic portrayal of the Steinway, but it certainly is a convincing piano image. Turning to the surround channel, the centre speaker carries a barely audible wisp of sound, featuring the piano apparently at the end of a very long tunnel. To hear it at all you have to disconnect your other speakers, be in a quiet room and put your ear directly to the speaker. The rears carry a similarly odd-sounding signal, only slightly more audible. It is impossible to hear any of the surrounds when the front speakers are playing. When moving to Stereo mode from Surround, there is not the slightest sensation of a 3-D sound-field collapsing. Lurking in the booklet notes on Kodama's biography, is a mention that this disc is a reissue of a previous CD, and from this I would deduce that the surround channels have been (badly - or barely) synthesised. My own pre-amp's Dolby PLII Music setting gave a very believable ambient environment. So much for the marketing hype of plastering silver 5-Channel sound over the disc and its packaging. Triton is part of Octavia Records, from whom we have often come to expect a similarly cavalier attitude to true surround sound.
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A very fine Debussy recital in excellent stereo, but Momo Kodama has been badly served in the surround sound production on this disc."

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