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Old 12th September 2005, 05:33 AM   #11
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My propose:

WILSON AUDIO Ultimate Reference CD - WA8008 - /DDD STEREO 24bit/96kHz/

They know how to torture a loudspeaker...
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Old 12th September 2005, 06:10 AM   #12
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DSOTM
The Wall
The Firebird - Telarc
1812 -- ditto (CD and/or SACD)
For Duke and Fatha -RealTime Records (D2D or remastered CD)
Toccata an Fuge in D -- severa:l RealTime, Telac others
SAINT-SAENS/SYMPHONY NO. 3 SACD Telarc
ALEXANDER NEVSKY Sony SACD
Rolling Stones any of the remastered SACD series
EAGLES/HOTEL CALIFORNIA MULTI-CH DVD-A
Imaginary Day - Pat Methany DVD-A
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Old 16th September 2005, 10:59 AM   #13
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I've a total of 15 disks I keep coming back to for listening to new gear, mostly because I know them all very well, and they all give a cruel test to the equipment trying to reproduce them.

On CD:
1) Loreena McKennitt: The Book of Secrets
2) Loreena McKennitt: To Drive the Cold Winter Away
3) Peter Gabriel: Passion
4) Massive Attack: Mezzanine
5) Miles Davis: Kind of Blue (Sony 20bit SBM remaster)
6) The Alan Parsons Project: Tales of Mystery & Imagination
7) John Martyn: Solid Air (Remastered)
8) Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon 20th Anniversary edition
9) Naxos Historical: Great Violinists (Yehudi Menuhin with the London Symphony Orchestra plays Bruch & Elgar in 1931 & 1932 respectively)
10) Aly Bain: Follow the Moonstone

On HDCD:

11) King Crimson: Red
12) Paula Cole: This Fire

On SACD:
13) Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells
14) Peter Gabriel: So
15) Peter Gabriel: Up

In addition, I also use the 3 Stereophile Test CDs.
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Old 16th September 2005, 11:15 AM   #14
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The latest of Katie Melua, very nice recording.
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Old 16th September 2005, 11:18 AM   #15
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maybe we should put 1 song/piece of music per person on an URL so we can test with it and use a lossless compression like AA?. Maybe put a password in it so it is not copied unlimited but just used by the members here?
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Old 16th September 2005, 12:22 PM   #16
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Alan Parsons´ Soundcheck is a great test CD. It was originally aimed as a recording studio tool but nothing prevents it from being used by audiophiles at home.
It´s divided in five sections:
The first section features test tones: 60 frequency sweeps, from pink noise to square and sine waves, covering the entire audio range for left, right and both channels, in and out of phase, and a 1 minute steady 1Khz sinewave at 0db that will make your CD player sound at the possible loudest level without clipping.
The second is my favourite: an extensive list of acoustic and electric instruments and singing and speaking voice that were recorded straight to tape with no effects whatsoever.
The first section will tell you how your systems are tuned to your room acoustics, but the second section will tell you how musically accurate your system is. As no compression was used, all the instruments´attack transients were preserved and the true to life dynamic range is simply stunning. Check the electric guitars and the drum kit for that. Also the detail is superb. You can clearly hear the click-track coming out the headphones from the acoustic guitarist. And the bass guitar will show how electric bass is supposed to sound. The speaking voice, from mr. Parsons himself, functions as an aid for comparision to a more familiar sound. The strings, both solo and ensemble sound gorgeous. They show the differences in timbre and expression there are between a violin and a viola, for example.
The third section is a collection of excerpts from well-recorded pieces, such as "Tocatta e Fugue in D minor" and "The race", a song from Swiss band Yellow, which seems to me that covers the entire audio range.
The fourth section is a collection of sounds from real life that if I´m not mistaken were taken from the old BBC Sound FX vinyls. It´s a festival of dynamics and soundstage. The firing tank and machine gun spring to mind. Also the two recordings of a steam train passing by must be heard to be believed. This section ends with the ever amusing collage of the chirping birds and the jet planes. That afterburner will make some neighbours complain about it. No doubt
The last section is just a series of SMPTE timecodes for syncing audio to MIDI and video recorders. Not sure if even pro studios still use it today...

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Old 23rd September 2005, 12:33 PM   #17
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I also use the test CD described above.
The thing I like about it is that it is totally free from any type of compression and processing.
Yep, the sound effects section is quite awesom and will show up an potential box vibrations without a doubt! (and loose cupboards/glassware in the room)


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Old 23rd September 2005, 12:58 PM   #18
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Default Allan Parsons CD

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Mr. Simões

Where can I get such a CD?I'm really interested!
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Old 23rd September 2005, 02:15 PM   #19
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Old 23rd September 2005, 04:02 PM   #20
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Krushevo by Vlatko Stefanovski and Miroslav Tadic on the MA label.

Two acoustic guitars live to two track in a Macedonian War Memorial. Since I am more familiar with the sound of live acoustic guitar, I really like this one.


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