Browse professional recordings and albums designed to use the full potential of your hi-fi sound system. Mike Valentine is an ex-BBC sound engineer and is passionate about high-quality audio recording. His record label is one of the few that make direct-cut vinyl recordings of classical, jazz, and big band music. Audiophile recordings are useful for testing a sound system, or just to amaze you.
Chasing The Dragon's releases are designed for detail and dynamics. Take the time to familiarise yourself with the subtleties of these reference-level recordings. The next time you make any changes, big or small, to your hi-fi or home theatre system, you'll notice the difference.
"Apart from getting the performance right, the main challenge when making live recordings is to capture and reproduce all the ambience of the environment without letting it detract from the performance. Failing to do this would result in something that might just as well have been done in a studio. Capturing this along with the instruments requires not only considerable skill but also the best in audiophile equipment for the recording chain – including microphones, cables, amplifiers, power supplies, and the recorder itself. This combination of skill and quality equipment should result in a listening experience that's much closer to a live performance and can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home."
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"There can be no question that Mike Valentine really knows what he’s doing as he pursues an “everything matters” philosophy that has consistently produced recordings that will impress the most demanding audiophiles. It’s also apparent that the Valentines’ management style in the studio is extraordinarily effective, destined to get the best from both the artists and recording professionals they work with."
- The Absolute Sound