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RonM
2015-10-04, 12:26
A year ago I bought a membership in Society of Sound -- apparently a Bowers and Wilkins (audio hardware) project. See it at http://www.bowers-wilkins.net/Society_of_Sound/Society_of_Sound/Music/Subscribe.html.

Essentially, your membership allows you to download a set of posted music (in 16/44 and higher), with two new albums added a month. One of the two is always classical, the other is from some variant of pop or world music. The classical albums are mostly from the London Symphony Orchestra, most recently under Gergiev.

All are great recordings, apparently chosen for recorded quality. The LSO is one of the world's great orchestras (number 3 according to Grammophone). The pop/world side is curated by Peter Gabriel. The current offerings, available to members, are at https://www.bowers-wilkins.net/Downloads/downloads.html. As noted, two new ones are added every month, and two on the list scroll off.

So, I've built a nice library of LSO (and some other) classical recordings over the past year, and have encountered some great other music that I'd never have looked at otherwise. Annual subscription is US$59, so in effect I've paid very little for each of these high-quality recordings.

In theory, I could probably have acquired many of these for "free" had I wanted, but $59 for upwards of 40 recordings is a pretty good deal.

Just renewed. . . Recommended.

Julf
2015-10-04, 12:40
A year ago I bought a membership in Society of Sound -- apparently a Bowers and Wilkins (audio hardware) project. See it at http://www.bowers-wilkins.net/Society_of_Sound/Society_of_Sound/Music/Subscribe.html.

Essentially, your membership allows you to download a set of posted music (in 16/44 and higher), with two new albums added a month. One of the two is always classical, the other is from some variant of pop or world music. The classical albums are mostly from the London Symphony Orchestra, most recently under Gergiev.

All are great recordings, apparently chosen for recorded quality. The LSO is one of the world's great orchestras (number 3 according to Grammophone). The pop/world side is curated by Peter Gabriel. The current offerings, available to members, are at https://www.bowers-wilkins.net/Downloads/downloads.html. As noted, two new ones are added every month, and two on the list scroll off.

So, I've built a nice library of LSO (and some other) classical recordings over the past year, and have encountered some great other music that I'd never have looked at otherwise. Annual subscription is US$59, so in effect I've paid very little for each of these high-quality recordings.

In theory, I could probably have acquired many of these for "free" had I wanted, but $59 for upwards of 40 recordings is a pretty good deal.

Just renewed. . . Recommended.

I found a bunch of SoS recordings were upsampled or even null-padded from 16 to 24 bits. So I guess they prove that anything beyond 44.1/16 doesn't matter... :)

RonM
2015-10-04, 12:52
I found a bunch of SoS recordings were upsampled or even null-padded from 16 to 24 bits. So I guess they prove that anything beyond 44.1/16 doesn't matter... :)

Doesn't matter to me, since I never get higher than 16/44 anyway, not being persuaded of the benefits of higher resolution.

Not surprising if it's the archival pop/world recordings, since some of these are older. I'd have thought the classical ones more likely, though.

Still excellent music and a great deal.

R

SlimChances
2015-10-13, 12:31
A year ago I bought a membership in Society of Sound -- apparently a Bowers and Wilkins (audio hardware) project. See it at http://www.bowers-wilkins.net/Society_of_Sound/Society_of_Sound/Music/Subscribe.html.

Essentially, your membership allows you to download a set of posted music (in 16/44 and higher), with two new albums added a month. One of the two is always classical, the other is from some variant of pop or world music. The classical albums are mostly from the London Symphony Orchestra, most recently under Gergiev.

All are great recordings, apparently chosen for recorded quality. The LSO is one of the world's great orchestras (number 3 according to Grammophone). The pop/world side is curated by Peter Gabriel. The current offerings, available to members, are at https://www.bowers-wilkins.net/Downloads/downloads.html. As noted, two new ones are added every month, and two on the list scroll off.

So, I've built a nice library of LSO (and some other) classical recordings over the past year, and have encountered some great other music that I'd never have looked at otherwise. Annual subscription is US$59, so in effect I've paid very little for each of these high-quality recordings.

In theory, I could probably have acquired many of these for "free" had I wanted, but $59 for upwards of 40 recordings is a pretty good deal.

Just renewed. . . Recommended.


I am interested in the sort of artists other than classical that are offered. I have a fairly large classical catalog but I rarely listen to it.

Mnyb
2015-10-19, 01:48
I was a member for a couple of years , got some good stuff . But decided to not go for another year . I simple get to much music :) I don't find the time to really listen to all I get . So my new policy is to add very rarely and only when I really like it .
Another route to music overload is all the free or low price stuff on bandcamp .

However the SoS recordings often sound really good . Good to see that some record companies do care .

But for kicks do listen to some of the bandcamp stuff with smaller bands , they sometimes sound surprisingly good .
Probably the lack of A&R and executive producers actively destroying the sound :) a modern paradox a more expensive production actually sounds worse......