OK, I am ready to dive in. I am a huge Mahler fanatic, for what that is worth.
I am looking for a set that is =/contains:
1) great/stellar sound (I have been pointed in the direction of Barenboim/Berliner/Teldec) for a set with great sound. I have heard the Von Karajan Berliner set is great, but the sonics are so-so.....not sure if that is gonna work for me.
2) Not too expensive (like $30 or so from Amazon vendors)
3) Consistent. I own enough box sets to realize that box sets to realize that not one of them nails all symphonies perfect, but a solid consistent and convincing realization should be present.
4) I don't need a "classic" performance from 1943 if the sound is mediocre.....like I said, I prefer audiophile level sonics with a convincing reading.
What say you? THANKS!