To commemorate their 70th anniversary, the high-end audio equipment manufacturer Nagra joined forces with audiophile label 2xHD to compile and release the Nagra 70th Anniversary Collection. 2xHD is now offering this collection of recordings in high-resolution download DXD and DSD formats. The album is exclusively available in DSD 512 at NativeDSD Music.
Mastered at 2xHD on Nagra equipment, the set is pure analog from analog master tapes. All original analog masters were played on a custom Nagra-T Tape Recorder with Tube Tape Stage electronics directly connected to a custom 2xHD A/D converter in DXD resolution. Some tracks used an EMT 240 Reverb Gold plate. The track featuring Marlene Ver Planck is a Mono Recording, the balance of the album is in Stereo.
It includes tracks from Bill Evans, Buddy Tate, Louis Armstrong, Monty Alexander and Shirley Horn and other amazing audiophile tracks that were transferred from Analog Tape to Stereo DXD and DSD with the legendary Nagra IV-S tape recorder. Stereo DSD 512 tracks were created by Tom Caulfield at NativeDSD Mastering Studios using the Signalyst HQ Player 4 Pro Mastering Software.
Marc Valle Trio
Marlene Ver Planck
Piltch & Davis
The L.A. Network
Trio de Curda
TracklistPlease note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Total time: 01:05:08
Aaron Davis, Bill Evans, Buddy Tate, Buzz Brass, David Piltch, Frederic Alarie, Louis Armstrong, Marc Vallee Trio, Marlene VerPlanck, Melanie Barney, Monty Alexander, Piltch & Davis, Shirley Horn, The L.A. Network, Trio de Curda
|Analog to Digital Converters|
Custom 2xHD Analog to Digital Converter at DXD (352.8 kHz), Signalyst HQ Player Pro 4 Mastering Software (DXD to DSD 512)
Nagra Audio (Matthieu Latour and Pascal Mauroux) & Fidelio Technologies (René Laflamme and André Perry).
René Laflamme at 2xHD Mastering Lab (Analog to Stereo DXD & DSD Transfers), Tom Caulfield at NativeDSD Mastering Lab (DXD to Stereo DSD 512 Transfers with Signalyst HQ Player 4 Pro Mastering Software)
|Original Recording Format|
René Laflamme & Matthieu Latour
Rene LaFlamme – AAD All-Analog recording, mixing & mastering in analog and transferred to DXD.
Reference playback system used was Nagra HD DAC X, Nagra HD Preamp and HD Amp.
|Release Date||October 7, 2022|
Mono & Stereo
When true balance is achieved, sonic excellence needs no subsequent belated recognition. That was precisely my first and last reaction to the Nagra 70th Anniversary. The musical and sonic panacea is served up immediately and in full, with no need to foreground the contrast between sound and music.
Laflamme has hit exactly the right sweet spot. The Nagra 70th Year Anniversary Collection is not the usual analog ahoy. But a true balm for the soul with precipitating effects and tactile reality checks on all four sides of the Nagra album.
For what it represents musically and sonically, I am pleased to present the Nagra 70th Year Anniversary Collection with the Mono & Stereo 2022 Editors Choice Award.
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