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Old 29th April 2016, 12:54 AM   #1
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Default This song must reveal that shortcoming of your audio

Hello all,

While I was thinking about how we can tell the difference in sound quality of our audio system, I came up with the idea of starting this thread.

If we can meet all together, this can be very easy. But since we can't, we may try hard by introducing specific song (or portion of the song) that is good for revealing the shortcomings of a certain system.

I hope this is not a duplicate thread (and yes I did search).

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Old 29th April 2016, 12:56 AM   #2
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Default Proprius Jazz at the Pawn Shop - sound stage depth

This CD, entire songs, when played by well established system, can give you the feel of sound stage depth. I could kind of felt that I could tell where the musical instruments were played, not only left to right, but front to rear, too.
With mediocre system, it was flat.
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Old 3rd May 2016, 08:07 PM   #3
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Default Opus 2 test CD

Have found the recording time tested and well recorded and balanced. 1 of my "go to's" for comparing components.
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Old 9th June 2016, 02:48 PM   #4
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This CD, entire songs, when played by well established system, can give you the feel of sound stage depth. I could kind of felt that I could tell where the musical instruments were played, not only left to right, but front to rear, too.
With mediocre system, it was flat.
I see what you mean. I just picked it up on vinyl. Amazing recording. It's a Swedish release, as far as I can tell a reissue from 1984. My wife found it at a local record shop for 15 bucks! And it's in excellent condition.
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Spoken (not sung) male voice
Solo piano

"Jazz at the Pawnshop" should be in your library in any event.
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Old 9th June 2016, 09:48 PM   #6
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Have found the recording time tested and well recorded and balanced. 1 of my "go to's" for comparing components.
Do you recommend a specific track, or do you think the entire CD is good for comparing components?
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Old 10th June 2016, 02:32 AM   #7
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Hi,

The "Trinity Sessions" by the Cowboy Junkies is as pure a recording
as you can buy. No production, just a Calrec stereo microphone.

Whilst the absolute quality is a bit rough as you would expect,
its my go to reference for comparing the quality of equipment.

What your looking for is insight into the recording, warts and all.

rgds, sreten.
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Robert Johnson recordings sounding pleasant is the mark of a good system.

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Old 10th June 2016, 11:32 AM   #9
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Telarc 1812. That'll check dynamic range and bass capabilities.
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The "Trinity Sessions" by the Cowboy Junkies
Hmmm, that sounds interesting. Is the dynamic range decent? Compression is the enemy!

My go-to Redbird- all acoustic, single stereo ribbon mike, minimal processing, and I know what all of those voices and instruments sound like live. Besides which, the music is terrific, unlike the enervating Proprius stuff.
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