Daniel McAdam's Guide to Classical Music


This website is devoted to providing unbiased information on all aspects of the enjoyment of classical music, including information on music composers and performers, recordings of music, and audio equipment.

 

The AAD, ADD, and DDD Codes on Music CDs

Many music CDs, classical and otherwise, have a three-letter code that is an indication of recording technology. Briefly, A stands for analog . . .

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Vinyl or CD - Which is Better?

Having grown up listening to vinyl LP's, and having had at one time a fairly large record collection, the current interest in turntables and vinyl records is not surprising to me. There is a tactile satisfaction in carefully removing a vinyl record from its sleeve and gently placing it upon a turntable that one does not experience when opening a CD jewel case and delivering the compact disc to a compact disc player. Read more . . .

 

Putting Together a Budget Audiophile System

There is an almost infinite number of ways to listen to recorded music, with a correspondingly vast range of costs. Fortunately for the audiophile, a term we define as, "one who highly values the listening experience," modern technology has made it possible for one with a modest audio equipment budget to hear recorded music in a manner that is far superior to what was possible in the recent past. Read more . . .

 

FLAC, ALAC, and Other Digital Recorded Music Formats

When it comes to appreciation of classical music, I would much rather discuss things like timbre and harmony than I would things like FLAC and WAV. Nevertheless, one does today have to have at least a basic understanding of these and other recorded music formats to know what one can and should listen to on which type of equipment. This struck me recently when I was reading a description of the Moon by Simaudio 780D Streaming DSD (Direct Stream Digital) DAC (digital to analog converter), which stated that the item's MiND (MOON intelligent Network Device) network player supports a number of file formats, including AAC, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, FLAC HD, MP3 (VBR/CBR), OGG Vorbis, WAV, and WMA-9. Read more . . .

 

 



 

 

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