|Unison Research CDPrimo CD Player Review|
|Home Theater Audio Sources CD Players|
|Written by Andre Marc|
|Monday, 05 March 2012|
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Along with all of this, the CDPrimo was so tonally natural sounding, I found myself gravitating towards singer songwriters, jazz, world, and vocal music. I had never heard Cat Stevens sounding so stunning as when I spun various tracks from his Gold collection, all mastered from the original tapes by Ted Jensen. On tracks like “Lady D’Arbanville”, “Sad Lisa”, and “Morning Has Broken”, Stevens' famous voice sounded amazingly present and his acoustic guitar was all wood and steel.
On Bettye Lavette’s masterful Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, the crack band and stellar material chosen for the project were infused with an energy that mirrored their commitment to the material. Lavette’s unique take on classic tracks by the Moody Blues, Led Zeppelin, the Animals, Pink Floyd, The Who, The Beatles, and more, is a thing to behold. Her rendition of Ringo Starr’s “It Don’t Come Easy” usually sends shivers down my spine, but the effect was enhanced by the CDPrimo, as her voice floated with precise, holographic imaging between the speakers.
On a brilliant new album produced by Bob Belden, Miles Espanol: New Sketches of Spain, a host of Miles Davis alumni and master musicians band together to pay tribute to the classic Davis Sketches of Spain album. Belden produced a similar album a few years ago called Miles From India, which featured Davis alumni teaming up with musicians from India. Miles Espanol is beautifully arranged, performed, and recorded. The mix of Western and exotic instrumentation coupled with amazing improvisations makes this an entrancing listen. The CDPrimo created a huge soundstage, as wide as I had heard from any source component. Chick Corea’s sublime piano solo on “Trampolin” perfectly illustrates the CDPrimo strengths. The piano sounded percussive and alternatively mellow, as Corea varied his attack, and it was easy to follow Corea’s hands as he travelled the length of the keyboard. What makes this even more remarkable is that while all of that is going on, there are percussion parts and other instruments floating in and out. The CDPrimo was able to make perfect sense of all the complexity.