Opus 3 Showcase "Depth of Image-Timbre-Dynamics" SACD DSD Stereo

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Acoustic Music in Authentic Environments

Test CD 5 is a test/reference CD for people interested in music and serious High Fidelity and who wants to test or enjoy good HiFi equipment with a carefully made selection of acoustic music, World, Folk, Blues, Jazz and Classical music in a harmonic mixture  -  from the latest Opus 3 releases.

Test CD 5 is also an interesting collection of quality music from the highly varied Opus 3 catalogue. Like many other Opus 3 titles, it is of course mastered using the HDCD process (used by Opus 3 since 1996) which gives a sound quality that equals a resolution of 20 bits when using a CD player with a HDCD decoder  - there are now a big number of such players on the market and lately, also in some DVD players.

In the 16 page CD booklet, there are explanations what to listen for on each and every one of the 14 tracks. Furthermore, there is also detailed information regarding our recording philosophy, recording technique, technical equipment and so on.

Acoustic Music In Authentic Environments -  the most true and honest reference!

Like all Opus 3 recordings, all music on Test CD 5 is recorded in real life environments such as concert halls, churches and jazz clubs. This gives the listener a true reference to "reality" and a very good opportunity to really make honest evaluations, whi
le our recording philosophy is developed in order to "capture" the authentic 
"Depth of Image", "Timbre" and "Dynamics the way it would have been experienced at the performance/moment of recording.

In these days of fast food, synthetic fibers, plastic (sorry, fiber glass) boats and a whole list of other items which have made themselves essential to modern day living, there are very few occasions where the words "authentic" and "quality" are required when describing the products. However, the whole philosophy behind the Opus 3 record company has been in effect based on these two words, authentic and quality, and for this reason the tracks chosen for this record provide, in addition to their musical value, a unique reference and a superb tool in evaluating the different parts of a Hi-Fi system. If you forget for the moment the aesthetic musical content and consider the various more technical characteristics, which should be inherent in a perfect recording, then these come under three headings: Depth of Image, Timbre and Dynamics. The degree of fidelity with which they are captured in the recording is the ultimate measure of quality.
Acoustic Music in Authentic Environments

1. I Can't Get Started - Benny Waters
2. Where the Green Grass Grows - Eric Bibb
3. When I Feel The Sea Beneath My Soul - Tiny Island
4. The Talk of the Town - Lars Estrand
5. Treecircle - Gosta Rundqvist
6. Comes Love - Swedish Jazz Kings
7. Needed Time - Eric Bibb
8. Overture to the Opera Carmen (Bizet) - Omnibus Wind Ensemble
9. String Quartet No. 6, 2nd Movement (Stenhammar) - Zetterqvist String Quartet