STUDER A810, REEL 2 REEL TAPE…an awaited experience!

STUDER A810 REEL TO REEL TAPE RECORDER

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An Awaited Experience (Part 1)

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I remembered my first impressive encounter with Reel to Reel playback was at a fellow audiophile’s home set up with his STUDER A810 playing Patricia Barber‘s interpretation of “Black Magic Women” (Companion, Premonition)…then I said to him and myself, no analogue/ turntable sources of mine (then) could play to that sound quality.
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I knew then, I would be having a Reel to Reel Tape source in my system one day…therefore I started buying a few Reel to Reel Tapes since 2015…started at the Munich High End 2015 with Horch House, Austria. I could not believe that it took me 5 years later to have the first tape player in my set up, a STUDER A810, on loan from TK Han of RAVE System Sdn Bhd, Malaysia (Reference Audio Singapore).
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Without comparing with any of my other sources, my impression is how huge, open and stable the whole soundscape and soundstage of the presentation. At Arnold Overtures (The Tape Project TP-003, Reference Recording RR-48), The London Philharmonic Orchestra came alive at an impressive scale…not to mention, the dynamic, strength, energy and transient were scarily great. The imaging of the musicians and the spacing between them were presented with natural delineation and refinement…(I need a moment…to catch my breath…)
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I must say that each instrument was given the ultimate expression in extreme bandwidth and clarity,…it could go as high and as low, as intended by the musician and recording,…given that the Gryphon Kodo Loudspeakers System was more than able to handle the extremities! (…I have to re-listen again!) I have yet to hear a recorded trumpets, flutes, violins, drums, etc to sound so full in both extremes,…a definite standard in recording and playback!
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Next, I played Henry Mancini‘s Pink Panther & Friends (Signoricci Master/ Fone Records), where I experienced not only tangibility and weight in the instruments but also the palpable fingers of the musicians over them. In addition, the frequencies transient (at both high and low) of S.Hamilton’s sax really extend beyond expectation (or what I was used to!)…it could be said the same for the other instruments’.
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I got to experience some Reel to Reel tape vocal recording from the album, The Crimson Investigation (STS Records), which I found to be captivating. The presentation of the vocal was raw, with much transient of energies, even from the breathing of the vocalist(s) through the recording mike!
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Stay tuned…more to come…
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