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Old 18th October 2010, 12:20 PM   #361
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Just found that Suzanne Vega - Woman on the Tier has some low bass...

YouTube - Suzanne Vega - woman on the tier (I'll see you throught)

Bottomed out my sub the first time I turned it up...
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Old 18th October 2010, 12:41 PM   #362
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Another Orbital call here : 'Oi!'

Fatboy Slim's 'Bird of Prey', Tool's 'Lateralus' album, Jeff Buckley's 'Grace'...and many things I get in raw 24/48 WAV from my friend's recording studio.
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Old 25th October 2010, 04:21 AM   #363
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And add to the above The Tudors (Main Title) - Trevor Morris.

Bloody hell, apart from being a cracking piece, there's some serious low-end extension and ample detail. If you can still hear the clicking in the background over the main orchestral movement, your gear (And ears!) are doing well!
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Old 30th July 2011, 01:19 AM   #364
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Question The test Album ?

I just bought some TDL speakers .. I've loved them for years so to test them with my amp etc I stuck in nirvana MTV unplugged in New york .. and it blew my head off .. I got the speakers for £90 off ebay what do you stick in to test your new audio ?
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Old 30th July 2011, 05:28 AM   #365
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what do you stick in to test your new audio ?
When I want to evaluate a piece of gear or a change in my system, I always use music that I am very familiar with and is also of high recorded quality. What works for me may not work well for others, but I'll list a few here to give folks an idea. I use both analoge vinyl and digital CDs.

Vinyl: Several Sheffield direct-to-disc recordings with clarity and imaging second to none.
King James Version - Harry James
Coming From A good Place - Harry James
Growing Up In Hollywood Town - Lincoln Mayorga/Amanda McBroom
Discovered Again - Dave Grusin
Big Band Jazz - (Umbrella label)

Other Audiophile vinyl such as Mobile Fidelity and Nautilus half-speed masters plus:
Jazz At The Pawnshop - Original Audio Source Pressing (Norway)
Dreaming - Amanda McBroom (Monster Cable remastered version/very rare)
Professor Keith Johnson's Outstanding Sound Show - Reference Recordings

CD:
1812 Overture - Litton/Dallas - Delos Virtual Reality Recording (Dynamics)
Happy Coat - Shota Osabe Piano Trio (great bass/Ray Brown)
The Lady In Red - Hot Club Of San Francisco (Clarity Recordings - 2 mikes)
Live At Blues Alley - Eva Cassidy (a great live recording)
Red Rodney 1957 - (extraordinary studio recording)
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Old 3rd August 2011, 07:45 PM   #366
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When I want to evaluate a piece of gear or a change in my system, I always use music that I am very familiar with and is also of high recorded quality. What works for me may not work well for others, but I'll list a few here to give folks an idea. I use both analoge vinyl and digital CDs.......
I absolutly agrree with that.

A recoding may be first rate but, unless you know exactly how it supposed to sound, it may be of little help.
Also like Hollow State said, use a varity of program material and sources.

Personally, I've found that it can take quite some time to complely balance a sys. (L-pads/EQ etc)....making adjustmensts, listen for a while and make more adjustments, etc.

Also it is always a compromise more or less as you will never get everything/all sources to sound the same.

BTW, I think I finally have settled on settings (I can live with) for my current sys after fiddling with it for a couple of months.
I like to have a have a setting, I like and forget it as you will drive yourself nuts after a while constantly adjusting it.

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Old 4th August 2011, 12:41 PM   #367
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Default Best song to present the system - which one to choose?

If you had a chance to present your system to someone you really want to impress, but had only enough time to play one song - what would you choose and why?
(assuming you don't know anything about that person's musical taste)

At the minute I am leaning towards "Unfinished Sympathy" from the '91 CD single by Massive (Massive Attack). It is a fairly well-known song, recorded at the renown Abbey Road studio, which combines funky modern rhythm with symphonic elements and female vocals, while presenting both frequency extremes reasonably well. What I don't like about it, is the way it was edited, because it sounds like it was recorded in separate tracks which were then stuck together... It doesn't really "glue" that well.

I have two "runner ups":
Dragon Boy by Joe Hisaishi from the 2002 Spirited Away Soundtrack CD
Pros: Incredibly dynamic and richly orchestrated, some very natural bass notes, perfectly recorded with abundant room cues
Cons: It's an obscure piece, no vocals

Don't Let Go by En Vogue from their '97 CD album EV3.
Pros: Powerful, dynamic, complex vocals, well recorded, reasonably popular
Cons: Lead piano sounds more like Yamaha synthesiser than Yamaha grand piano...

Let me know what would be your pick.
If you could please post full song / artist names, ideally with a YouTube link to the particular version you have in mind, as well as which pressing/master you consider the best or most suitable
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Boy, that's a tough call uncle leon.

There's a few that I regularly go to when I test my system.

The Call Of The Wild from Alan Parson's Time Machine CD. Good vocals, low bass, well recorded (typical for Alan).

Angel On Sunset From Larry Coryell's Fallen Angel CD. No vocals, low bass, nice jazz guitar.

Hey Nineteen from Steely Dan's Gaucho album. I have a vinyl rip of this, but the CD is very good as well. Recording is top notch as are most of SD's albums.
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Thanks kec, I really like the first of your songs (The call of the wild) - so much so, that I ordered the CD album Nice one, I never heard of Alan Parsons before - and he seems to be quite a figure in the music industry.

The other two songs are certainly a good listen, but they lack the "wow factor"... Something to really grab listener's attention - like the intro to "Another Day In Paradise" or "Smooth Criminal". The person "to be impressed" may not necessarily be a hard-core connoisseur, you see... But thanks for posting them anyway, I definitely enjoyed them.
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Old 5th August 2011, 02:36 PM   #370
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...I never heard of Alan Parsons before - and he seems to be quite a figure in the music industry.
Absolutely! Alan Parsons - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I'm glad you liked Call Of The Wild.
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