Audiophilia Star Recordings of the Year 2013

by Audiophilia Staff on December 8, 2013 · 3 comments

in Classical Recordings, Jazz Recordings, Pop Recordings, Recordings, Soundtracks

When our writer Andy Fawcett suggested a Recommended New Releases (RNR) post nearly four years ago, little did I know it would morph into one of our most popular recurring features. As such, we felt the natural progression was to institute the recording equivalent of our very popular Star Component moniker. Thus, the Audiophilia Star Recordings of the Year was born. We have Star Components, now Star Recordings.

The staff of Audiophilia listened to hundreds of new recordings this year and published reviews of almost sixty in RNR and as standalone reviews. Some recordings nominated were not reviewed, but were in heavy rotation as review repertoire. The staff whittled the many nominations down to fifteen we thought worthy of our Star moniker. There were so many incredible recordings this year. If you hunt through Audiophilia, you’ll find a treasure trove of recordings from which to build or add to your collection.

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Congratulations to the many wonderful recordings we reviewed this year and a special congratulations to the fifteen winners. The nominating staff member’s name appears under the image. The first two albums were nominated by two people.

Please add your favourites in the Comments section. Cheers.

Nominated by Anthony Kershaw; Matt Kershaw. Vinyl edition available at nin.com

Nominated by Anthony Kershaw; Matt Kershaw. Nine Inch Nails LP.

Nominated by Martin Appel; Anthony Kershaw. Analogue Productions reissue LP.

Nominated by Martin Appel. Impex Records reissue LP.

Nominated by Martin Appel. Wax Time reissue LP.

Nominated by Andy Fawcett.

Nominated by Andy Fawcett.

Nominated by Anthony Kershaw.

Nominated by Matt Kershaw.

Nominated by Matt Kershaw.

Nominated by James Norris.

Nominated by James Norris.

Nominated by James Norris.

Nominated by Karl Sigman. Remastered in 96kHz/24bit hi res files.

Nominated by Karl Sigman. Hi res files remastered in 24/192 by Mark Wilder and Steve Berkowitz.

Nominated by Karl Sigman.

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Mick 12.10.13 at 5:05 am

Jason Isbell - Southeastern

admin 12.12.13 at 11:59 am

Thx Mick. Will check it out. Cheers, a

Kefas 01.08.14 at 11:11 am

Very good list!
I myself have been very enthusiastic about the Studio Master Wav downloads from the Sound Liaison label and the Doug Macleod recording from Reference Recordings also stands out among my purchases in 2013.
The Carmen Gomes inc.”Thousand Shades of Blue” and ”Torn” and the Paul Berner Band ”Road to Memphis” albums,all Sound Liaison Studio Masters,have been the albums(downloads) I used to show of my set up to friends.
I think that the feel of placement and space on the Sound Liaison recordings is of an unbelievable high quality,even better than the Reference Recording,although the Macleod album comes close,if not the voice of Macleod had been having a tendency to shift from left to right,he was probably moving a bit to much while singing,I would have considered the Reference Recording as good as the Sound Liaisons.

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