Monitor Audio's LP/CD/Blu-ray package limited to 1500 copies
Hi-fi companies creating their own record labels is nothing new: Linn's own label, Linn Records has just won the Gramophone Label of the Year Award, Naim has The Naim Label, and Bowers & Wilkins has created its Society of Sound download service.
Now loudspeaker company Monitor Audio has joined the fray, releasing a limited-edition box-set celebrating the work of the late tenor Luciano Pavarotti.
Just 1500 copies are available, and the box includes four LPs pressed in 200g black and white vinyl on the famous EMI 1400 press in Hayes, Middlesex, and two CDs.
Also included are two Blu-rays: Live in Modena was recorded in the Opera House were Pavarotti sang as a boy, and has soundtracks in DTS-HD 5.1 and PCM stereo direct from the original master, while the second disc was recorded in Barcelona in 1989, and has a PCM stereo soundtrack, again direct from the master tape.
You also get a 56-page hand-bound book and an art print by Norman Perryman, and the whole collection is packaged in a silk-lined box complete with a pair of white gloves for handling the contents.
The Ultimate Pavarotti Collection is available for £299.99 plus shipping from a dedicated Monitor Audio website.
Andrew Everard, Audio Editor of Gramophone since November 1999, read English at Queens' College, Cambridge a very long time ago, and was a member of the Westminster Abbey Special Choir even further back in the mists of time. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, High Fidelity, Audiophile and Home Cinema magazines, as well as contributing a monthly column to Japanese title HiVi.