What is your favorite speaker audition CD?

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  1. Kenneth Harden

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    For me, I would take either Mezzanine or Protection from Massive Attack and I have heard them countless times and the recordings are great and the sound is ruthless.

    Also, the songs are fairly simple, so you can 'pick something out' and listen over and over and not get frusterated.
     
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    Dave Mathews Band - Crash

    Fiona Apple - Tidal

    DJ Tiesto - In My Memory

    Patricia Barber - Cafe Blue

    Seal - Seal
     
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    I have that Tiesto CD!
     
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    kd lang - Ingenue (CD)
    Roxy Music - Avalon for 5.1 testing (SACD)
    Steely Dan - Gaucho for 5.1 testing (dts)
    Diana Krall - almost anything on any source
     
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    Holly Cole - Temptation
    Sally Oldfield - Waterbearer
    Alison Krauss - Forget About It
    Paul Simon - Hearts And Bones
    Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat
    Gordon Lightfoot - Sit Down Young Stranger
     
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    Genesis Selling England by the Pound (track three--Firth of Fifth--separates the wheat from the chaff with a 9 min run through acoustic, electric, synth and drums/cymbals. If the speakers pass this test, I move on--I know this song note for note)

    For SACD :

    Alison Krauss and Union Station--Live
    Joe Henderson--Lush Life (Music of Billy Strayhorn)
    Arthur Rubenstein--Chopin Ballads and Scherzos
    Elton John--Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

    For DVD-A:
    Fleetwood Mac--Rumours
    Eagles--Hotel California
    Beck--Sea Change

    For CD:
    the CD layers of the SACDs
     
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    Dave Matthews Band - Crash
    Dianna Krall - Live in Paris
    Patricia Barber - Cafe Blue
    Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain
    The Clash - London Calling
    Bach-Goldberg Variations - Glenn Gould
    Elgar Symphony 1 - London Symphony Orchestra
    Holst-The Planets - London Philharmonic Orchestra
     
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    It's a good CD to test with because it has a ton of prominent electronic midrange and a fair amount of bass, a variety of voices and it's pretty well recorded. I listen to a fair amount of techno, so this is a decent gauge of how a speaker will sound with it. Some speakers are better than others with this type of electronic music.

    Protection is probably my favorite tracks by Massive Attack [​IMG]

    For SACD, pretty much any of the Patrica Barber discs are great. The obvious one I didn't see mentioned was Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.

    Diana Krall Live in Paris. The CD doesn't sound as good as the DTS track on the DVD, but it's still a good recording.
     
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    Hey John what would you say are the best tracks on Pink Floyd for demoing. IM demoing speakers and want a standard to go with.
     
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    Little Feat "Waiting For Columbus" live CD.
     
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    Check out Chemical Brothers - Come With Us album, and the 1st track, "Come With Us". It will bend a speaker sideways.
     
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    Sarah McClachlan The Freedom Sessions

    Her vocals are excellent to test imaging and clarity.
     
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    Time and Money are what I usually demo, but the whole album is very well done.

    I love Sarah McLachlan too, and though I don't often bring that one, Freedom Sessions is another great disc. Try out Ol' 55.
     
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    I'm curious as to what you are using as a CD source because I haven't heard any DTS or DD mix sound better than CD in my system including Live in Paris.
     
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    Imagine what must be the answers to this question when asked of people in other countries with completely different musical tastes? Maybe it'll be sitar type music in India, Ya Habibi and the Tally Bunns over in Iran, Ivan Rotchacockoff and the Trotskies over in Russia, and so forth.
     
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    Sony 222ES for SACD & CD, Denon 2200 for DVD/DVD-A to Marantz 8300, both via coaxial for DVD and CD. The Diana Krall SACD I have sounds great (better in stereo than multichannel), but I still feel the DTS mix on Live in Paris sounds excellent, though not quite the clarity of the SACD, the DTS track still imparts a whole lot of "you are there". The opening track "I love being here with you" is a reference track for me, as well as a few others on there. The stereo track cannot deliver as much depth as the SACD though.

    What are you using Scott_N?
     
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    John, I have to agree with you on the dts track of the LiP mix. Plus it seems to be very hot in the bass department (or is it just Diana [​IMG]).
     
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    Well in my HT I have Yamaha S1200 for DVD/DVD-A going into a Marantz SR-18. In my 2-channel system I have a Cary 308T cdp and a Marantz SA-8260 for SACD going into a Cary SLP-88 preamp and a pair of Thor TPA-30 monoblocks. Audio geek that I am i've put my cd and sacd players in my HT and the DVD player in my 2-channel system before and while I think SACD and DVDA are better than CD I don't care much for DTS and DD music.

    Cheers!
     
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    Scott, when I read that comment, I fully expected you to come back with some nice gear; I wasn't mistaken [​IMG] because I wouldn't expect most people to say something like that.

    DD and half bitrate DTS (full bitrate seems quite rare) are by no means audiophile stuff, and I'm not saying that I prefer DD/DTS to CDs. The quality varies greatly depending on the recording and the mix, and I feel the DTS track on the DVD is well done, not the gimmicky surround garbage that many recordings (including some of the m/c tracks on Diana's SACDs), and gives a good feeling of atmosphere. I've never heard a DD or DTS track that even comes close to the level of the CD layers of Patricia Barber's SACDs.
     
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    John you seem to have nice gear and good taste in music yourself.[​IMG] My favorite high rez format though is vinyl. SACD narrows the gap but vinyl still sounds best to me.

    Cheers!
     

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