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Old 19th October 2006, 08:36 AM   #1
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Default list of best CD to test our fullrange

There has been some mention of best CD recordings to test our DIY fullrange speakers, in the middle of building BIB design.

My record store is having a sale (as usual), I am into jazz, instrumental, and classical.

what are some of the best CDs to test out the new toys? I used to like 1812 by Telarc... (not the picture of the same record)

thanks in advance.
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Old 19th October 2006, 02:00 PM   #2
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Whatever CDs you are most familiar with.

Whenever I make a change in the system, there are a handful of CDs and LPs that I gravitate toward, because I am so familiar with them that I can hear changes in the system. They aren't necessarily the "best" recordings. They encompass a mixture of genres, including acoustic, multi-tracked, and electronic recordings. If the tweak involves my vinyl rig, I have a couple of test records that provide certain baseline comparisons, but I don't use the test record for "fine tuning".

If you want to impress your buddies with the Telarc 1812, I think full-range is the wrong path, unless you go for Lowthers or ilk with gigantic rearhorns.
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Old 19th October 2006, 04:43 PM   #3
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I use some recording made by myself with a sony minidisc and a simple stero mic (simple binaural recording).... Not only music, also my wife and my son during a conversation....The best I have......my wife in the kitchen speaking with me, my son in the other room speaking with us.......
I don't like Telarc recording (especially with fullrange speaker!)......innatural and very "digital" sound...
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Old 19th October 2006, 05:19 PM   #4
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Try "The Prodigy" The Fat of the Land album.

It has a wide range of music and is not your regular audiphile recording. And you can get it a your local music store.
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Old 19th October 2006, 06:14 PM   #5
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It depends what you mean by test. As noted above, for testing, it's best to use a piece or pieces you are very familiar with. For something good to listen to, in classical music, I can heartily commend the new recording of the Planets, Berlin Phil. under Sir Simon Rattle. Very original interpretation.
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Jazz at the Pawn Shop is one that I use quite often.
Reference Recording "Dick Hayman plays Duke Ellington" is one that I often use for piano.
Fujiyama Ondekoza Taiko Drums I use for low frequecy punch.
Wilson Audio "Discovery and Music for Christmas" I often use for low frequency organ music.
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Old 20th October 2006, 12:25 AM   #7
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Jazz Is Dead - "Laughing Water; Wake Of The Flood Revisited"

Track 6 - If you don't start dancing, your speakers are broken.

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Old 20th October 2006, 02:12 AM   #8
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"Eolian Minstrel" is a great test CD for full-range. Wide variety of songs and many nature sounds.
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Old 20th October 2006, 04:20 AM   #9
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I vary a bit when it comes to using cd's for evaluating fullrange speakers vs. multiway speakers.

To my mind, a true "fullrange" speaker's only justification for existance is to convey a full, uncluttered midrange that truely enables us to be transported into the music. Truth resides in the midrange, all else is ornament.
Having said that, I listen to those cds that are compatible with the speaker's strengths. Vocals and unamplified instruments are prominent elements in selecting music worthy of a good fullrange.

A few cd's that I listen to that seem to have the recorded quality that can be appreciated by the use of a fullranger are:

The ARC Choir "Walk With Me"
Mapleshade #04132

A 32 voice, a capella Gospel choir, from Harlem. ARC stands for Addict's Rehabilitation Center and these people have been SAVED! It's the only Gospel music I own, but if the cd got broken I'd be ordering another one the same day. Great recording and soundstage.

La Grande Passione (Arias)
Seattle Opera and Starbucks Coffee had this one put together by BMC Special Products.

Some of the greatest arias by the greatest performers.

Oh! That Cello
Teresa Perez and the Tim Janis Ensemble
First Impression Music FIM XRCD 021

Simply and Utterly Beautiful Music (and superb recording).

Mark Levinson Live Recording at Red Rose Music Vol. 1
Red Rose Music

Excellent recording.

Like Others Did Before Us
The Makem Brothers, with Liam and Mickey Spain
Red Biddy Records

Ok recording, great musical entertainment. Some cuts are funny, and a couple are thought provoking, totally enjoyable.

the BlueGrass Sessions (Tales from the Acoustic Planet, Volume 2)
Bela Fleck (and a host of famous friends :^)
Warner Brothers

Perfect Fullrange Music. Here's some of the greatest BG musicians alive having a jam session.

Audiophile Music Presented by Mercedes-AMG
Produced by First Impression Music for Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

This is an audiophile cd that is perhaps the finest recording on cd in the world. All the giants (Sony, JVC, etc.) entered bids to produce this cd, but First Impression Music was awarded the contract. This cd isn't for sale to the general public, you have to buy an AMG to get one. Music is in a sampler format, recorded and produced to the highest (documented) standards in the world.

I have many others that I like, but these are my favorites.

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Old 20th October 2006, 11:57 AM   #10
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David Dick of Common Sense Audio has an excellent list of titles on his website. Here's the address:


His products are very good, too. I built some full range speakers using the 6.5 inch Audio Nirvana drivers and some old Sherwood boxes. The boxes were free and the drivers cost about $100. They easily beat my NEAR 10Ms and my Dyna A25's.

Happy listening!

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