A POINT OF VIEW: Piano reproduction in the listening room

Hi Howard. Is it possible at any price to reproduce the sound of a piano in the home?

Not exactly, no. The closest I heard until very recently was the Bosendorfer demonstration in Munich 2005 where in one room a live piano recital on a Bosendorfer grand piano was recorded on to DAT and then the audience moved to the adjacent room and heard that recording played through the Bosendorfer VC7 speakers.

The harmonics were pretty much all there but the thunder of the bass in the live performance wasn’t. A very brave demo. It’s only a matter of time before piano reproduction in the home, providing you have the money to fund it, becomes almost lifelike.

Howard Popeck hp@no-alibi.demon.co.uk