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Merged thread of demo songs, tracks and CDs
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Old 17th February 2008, 11:17 PM   #211
avizandum is offline avizandum  United States
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Thanks to this post for turning me on to Allison Krauss.

Ditto on Dire Straits - my first test song on my first DIY speakers

Also, No Doubt, Underneath It All
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Old 17th February 2008, 11:33 PM   #212
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Talking Timbuktu - Ali Farka Touré and Ry Cooder
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Old 21st February 2008, 12:49 PM   #213
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The Cardigans or Gomez are usually my test artists.

Even though i dont really like them, the Gorrilaz are up there too


Originally posted by CBS240
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Old 23rd February 2008, 05:55 AM   #214
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Among the many other great ideas here:

Miles Davis - Blue in Green (on Kind of Blue) - not sure what I like about it except everything. It will sound truly transcendent on a good system.
Holly Cole - Purple Avenue
Bill Evans - The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings (the 3 disc complete session). Jazz trio with GORGEOUS bass (not for low frequency, but listen to the string vibrations, harmonics, etc.), classic Bill Evans piano.
Chris Smither - Esp. Driver you home again for what seems to be difficult bass, and Live as I'll Ever Be for clarity and dynamics.
Bonnie Raitt - Storm Warning
Robert Lucas - Usin' Man Blues - difficult to make it sound good, but when it's good, it's really good.
Eric Satie - classical piano the Gymnopédie pieces, (I only have the Daniel Varsano recording, so there may be better ones.
Diana Krall - Popsicle Toes
Edward Gerhard - Howl (on Luna). Nice guitar song, with interesting use of harmonics and nice squeaks of fingers on strings. Clarity!
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Roxy Music - Avalon
Then there's Lyle Lovett, Joshua Judges Ruth, which is supposed to be a classic audiophile album but I haven't listened to it...yet.

And how about songs or albums that sound TERRIBLE on a good system. Why not test a system this way? I've done it, particularly with one album I love but I haven't heard a good system treat well. I think the production is bad, so I've only heard this sound at all good on a bad or mediocre system:
John Hiatt - Stolen Moments (the album)
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Old 15th March 2008, 05:52 AM   #215
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OK! I found it! ... The best test song possible and it is not even that esoteric.

Led Zeppelin - "Stairway to Heaven"

BUT this version on this disc is way different! This is the only published 24-bit version of the album original. To hear it you have to go to the very end of this really fine concert DVD video disc, about where "they have left the building" and are heading back home ... suddenly this totally remastered Dolby 5.1 24-bit/48k version of "Stairway ... " begins and goes way past the ending credits and the Warner Brothers' logo ... set your dvd player sound to stunning stereo for the best effect and turn it up, man ...
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Old 17th March 2008, 04:56 PM   #216
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D'sound :Green Eyes
Vely wely easy.
Shallow by tye
Vely wely ragy melody
Luther vandross the newest
velly happy oldy
and... for this last 5 years, at least twice a week :
bjork ( that old blue cd, thks for that small font i can't read anything )
i love isobel ( thats close to my GF's name )
somebody can tell me where i can find the pink CD of bjork at Indonesia? ( tittle : post ) i own the cassete, traped in the player
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Old 17th March 2008, 05:37 PM   #217
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Gotan Project - Lunatico. The whole album is great (to my ears anyway)
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Old 19th March 2008, 09:38 AM   #218
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My favorite, so far is by The Icelandic Twins - Waith Pinned to the Mist. You probably better know it as the Outback Steakhouse theme song. Great bass and crystal clear highs all at the same time.

However, after reading this thread, There are a few new ones I plan on breaking in my new speakers with.

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Old 19th March 2008, 09:54 AM   #219
Arunkumar14_th is offline Arunkumar14_th  India
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Default Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group With Dave Matthews - Sing Along.

Now this track has been my favorite for sometime.
The vocals of Dave are deep & Crystal Clear.

The Custom made instruments used by the Blue men are quite intriguing.

Deep Bass, The PVC tubes, Strings & Whips, WOW! Just amazing!

All this mixed in a DTS 96/24 5.1 track is just awesome & a feeling that could leave you wanting for more.
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Old 19th March 2008, 02:34 PM   #220
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OK, two more, this time specifically for vinyl:

Carpet of the Sun by Renaissance (1970s) - Has very difficult "s" sounds on and off throughout, and in my system, any improper TT setup tends to make it scratchy.

I Got the News by Steely Dan - Again, the "s" sounds as well as "v" sounds, especially in the bridge really test tracking.

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