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    Default von Karajan - The Ring - tape hiss?

    On von Karajan's "Ring" recording there's a lot of tape hiss.

    Even on the remastered version:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wagner-Ring...rajan+the+ring

    A reviewer notes:

    "...tape hiss was a REAL problem."


    Does anyone know why tape hiss appears on this recording?!

    It seems strange for such a prestigious and expensive release.
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    Must confess I have never really noticed it. But with my ears these days I don't suppose I would!
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    The tape hiss is quite noticeable - it's puzzling why Deutsche Grammophon (or the recording engineers) allowed it to appear in the first place.

    On Amazon, one reviewer says:

    "In order to play quiet passages at an audible level, tape hiss was a REAL problem - especially and strangely in Gotterdammerung, the last to be recorded and therefore likely to be the most technically accomplished."

    Another reviewer writes:

    "I sold my original fat box some time ago because of the heavy hiss, which with headphones, was too distracting."

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wagner-Ring...rajan+the+ring
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    Actually it is normally a good sign to be able to hear the faint sound texture of master tape in the ambient background during quiet passages with high end audio gear for older analog recordings........the filters than can remove it can also at the same time remove precious musical/vocal fine details, vocal shadings, instrument note decay etc

    I have the DG Karajan Ring and have high end audio gear (including high end headphone system), it sounds great no problems for me..........

    Last edited by DarkAngel; Dec-31-2016 at 18:48.

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    Thank you for your informative reply!

    - and good to know that it's a natural part of the recording process...and not a "technical glitch".

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