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    ...because 10 isn't enough :-) Jack De Johnette Zakir Hussain Trilok Gurtu Art Blakey Elvin Jones Dennis Chambers Steve Gadd Marilyn Mazur Paul Motian Nana Vasconcelos Eric Harland Peter Erskine Chick Webb Lenny White Tony Williams
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    After hearing the news today of Kim Deal's departure from the band, I felt compelled to spin some Pixies !
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    Danny Carey - Tool. Dave Lombardo - Slayer, Fantomas. Mike 'Puffy' Bordin - Faith No More. Josh Freese did a fairly decent job one of the times I saw NIN. Half of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. And some jazz drummer whose name I can't remember and now I've just realised I can't find the only album I had of his.
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    Wonderful lp from the too scared to play live gents
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    AN update - I finally got around to doing it - stripped the whole rig down, hoovered up the dust, detangled the cables, wiped down the rack - the works. Took a couple of hours and was kind of fun; it's a good way to re-connect with your hardware and tinker a little here and there. I even re-organised the layout a bit and sorted out where to put my damn powerboard, which had been bugging me for ages. So all in all, a worthwhile exercise. The only bummer was that I couldn't have music playing while I did it! So thanks for all your advice and tips fellas. Here's a shot of the finished product.
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    I gave my Missus 10" this morning. I had all the power off and she had to use the iPad.
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    I routinely do demonstratons at shows showing the difference between ALAC, FLAC, AIFF and .wav. This year I did a demo of .wav versus AIFF at Newport show. Even these two sound different. There were no attendees that did not hear this difference. My partner that provided speakers for the room at Newport, Vapor Audio (superb speakers BTW) told me that he had never heard the difference in ALAC or AIFF and .wav in prior systems. He heard it in the show system: http://www.stereophile.com/content/empirical-audio-vapor-audio The problem with these differences is that they are subtle and not even discernable in Mono, only in stereo and the system must be both highly resolving with ultra-low jitter and noise floor, but it must also be totally optimized acoustically in order to hear the dimensional cues. These differences can most often be described as "listening through a tunnel" versus an open, unconstrained soundfield. On order to hear and measure these differences, the following are really required IMO: 1) Ultra-low jitter in the digital signal source - 20-50 psec is a good start 2) Elimination or adjustment of the digital filtering to push the roll-off past audibility 3) No analog preamp - the DAC must drive amps and measurement gear directly and must have sufficient drive for this 4) Elimination of as many ground-loops in the system as possible to lower the noise floor 5) A measurement system with a noise floor significantly lower than the system What I have come to realize having exhibited at shows for 15 years is that there a only 1 or 2 systems in the typical show of 200 exhibitors that can even come close to being resolving enough. No system in any salon I have heard over 30 years has ever been resolving enough for this. I would not feel too bad if you dont hear these differences. It takes a lot of work and perserverence to get there, and its not cheap. Steve N.
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    damn - now i've discovered another forum to waste hours on..... i'm trying to cut internet usage!
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    Threads – general audition track threads with specific recommendations This is one of the longer threads. It was started by Paul Spencer in 2010. Most posters included details of the virtues of the recommended tracks. The style guide modelled in this thread is very good. Thread also has some lists without accompanying explanations. http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/23748-sna-reference-track-list/ “I'm surprised a search didn't turn up anything. The idea is to put together a list of reference tracks. The tracks should have a high quality recording as the main criteria. Also mention if there is anything about that track that stands out as a demo/ref track. Artist: Harry Connick Jr Album: We are in love Track: A nightingale sang in Berkley square Medium: CD Comment: Beatiful recording, good test of imaging Artist: Natalie Cole Album: Stardust Track: What a difference a day makes Medium: CD Comment: Acoustic double bass good for bass quality test, vocals should sound sweet and not harsh ... I'm over the song as I've heard it on just about everything, but it's the one track I compare with the most. Artist: Dire Straits Album: Love Over Gold Track: Private Investigations Medium: All (I've listened to LP and various CD incarnations and all have the same effect) Comment: The instrumental latter half of the track is a good test for bass & dynamics: the pulsing bass line should be deep and tight, and when the electric guitar comes in it should hit like a lightning bolt. There's a couple of quick drum fills that are loud and pounding (especially the kick drum) that should not sound flabby against the intricate vibe and piano work in the background. this track. It has just about everything in it at one stage or another. A great test track. Artist: Emerson Lake and Palmer Album: Welcome Back My Friends ... (Live Double CD) Track: Karn Evil Nine Comment: It's live, it's very well recorded, the musicians are superb and the dynamics are totally preserved. Artist: David Ross MacDonald Album: Southern Crossing Track: All of them Medium: CD Comment: Recording of various acoustic guitars made in Australia. David describes how he recorded them and mostly if not all using simple microphone + laptop in a friend's living room. Acoustic, unamplified recording doesn't get any better than this. As electronica the three following items (IMHO) use the full dynamic range available to the medium and will highlight all sorts of various aspects of production - sound creation, air in a mixdown for reverb tales, depth and width of soundstage and especially your conscious music listening abilities. Artist: Third Ear Audio Album: Third Ear Audio Track: Any however, track one, two and the last. Medium: CD Comment: A collection of dubby beats - immaculate production and lovely musicality. Artist: Ott Album: Skylon Track: Any, however track one is ideal for use as a reference because it is one of the complex productions I've ever heard. Ott (yes, that is his real name) is himself a sound engineer, and as such produces technically sophisticated tracks. This man knows how to make sonic beauty like no other. Medium: CD Comment: This is an album that is total delight from beginning to end. Artist: Shulman Album: Endless Rythms of a Beatless Heart Track: Any, however one and three are great for reference purposes Comment: These guys are mastering engineers as well, and this is their creative outlet. Style: World, Electronica: IDM, Psy dub. Artist: Keith Greeninger & Dayan Kai Album: Blue Coast Collection Track: 1. “Looking For A Home†Medium: CD Comment: Vocal harmony, sensational imaging. Artist: Tchando & Alexandra Anderson [bliss] Album: Quiet Letters Track: 1. “Sleep Will Come†Medium: CD Comment: Dynamic range, bass attack, imaging. Artist: Bill Callahan Album: Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle Track: 4. Rococo Zephyr Medium: CD Comment: Richness of male vocal, layered imaging. Artist: Dead Can Dance Album: Wake Track: Track 1 Disc 2. “Yulunga†Medium: CD Comment: Familiar to many here…………absolutely brilliant track. Artist: Antonio Forcione Album: In Concert Track: 1. “Heart Beat†Medium: CD Comment: Brilliant guitar work, great detail & dynamic range. Artist: Hugh Masekela Album: Hope Track: 12. “Stimela†Medium: CD Comment: Old standard……………fantastic demo track. Artist: Roger Waters Album: Amused to Death Track: 12. “Three Wishes†Medium: CD Comment: Quirky – huge bass. Artist: Daryl Braithwait Album: Rise Track: Waters Rising Medium: CD Comment: Great album but I love the "snap" of the drums in the middle of this track. A good test if a speaker or amp can punch it out. Artist: Phil Collins Album: But seriously Track: Saturday night and Sunday morning. Medium: CD Comment: Great short and sharp instrumental "Child Song" Track 3 on The Cinematic Orchestra's 2007 album Ma Fleur. Great track, magic combination of guitar, drums, double bass, (largely irrelevant) vocals, and keyboards, with a lot of good soft/loud dynamics. The reverb from the db bottom string buzzing on the fretboard at 3:36 will tell you something about the system if you care to notice... Artist: Cliff Eberhardt Album: The Long Road Track: My Father's Shoes Medium: CD Comment: Rock solid centre vocals. ARTIST.....Spookey Men's Chorale ALBUM......Tooled Up (on cd) TRACK......Shett Har Vettahi (track 7) The whole production is exquisite, nought but a bunch of crazy guys singing with all their balls. All midrange but with the volume up, eyes closed, sitting in the sweet spot it feels like you are sitting in an acoustically beautiful church or hall. Each voice should be able to be heard individually with rich vocal timbre. Huge soundstage. ARTIST.....The Heliocentrics ALBUM.......Out There (on cd) TRACK.......Distant Star (track 2) Mostly because Michael Catto's drums are front & centre. The kick drum thumps you in the chest. The bass is tight & deep & the spacey, complex Sun Ra'ish feel compositon challenges you to keep up with the individual instruments. Beautiful production. If that kick drum don't thump then walk away. ARTIST.....Jimi Hendrix ALBUM......Band Of Gypsies ( on vinyl) TRACK......Machine Gun (track 2, side one) ahhh.... the glories of analogue. Jimi at his peak with SOLID bass n drums! Cranked right up (of course) it feels like you are sitting there in front of the Marshall stacks getting your brain mashed. No other live album I have puts you in such a space/time warp, you are there, you feel like someone has slipped you some acid & you're having an out of body experience. MASSIVE, MASSIVE soundstage, wide & deep. It's palpable. Jimi's guitar playing is transcendental & all the drivers in your speakers are pushed to the max. Plus you are aware of the importance of Jimi producing the most important musical statements of his generation. Seriously heavy. Artist: King Crimson Album: Frame By Frame 4 CD set Track: Bolero (re mix) / time 8.52 Medium: CD Comment: My number one reference track - Instrumental with a full range of instruments and frequencies followed up with 30 seconds of instrument tuning. Its a speaker killer Artist: Jewel Album: Spirit Track: Hands. Medium: CD Comment: This song I use to test the vocality of the speakers. Jewel has such a sweet voice it seems only logical to use her this way. Artist: The stone roses Album: Turns into Stone Track: Fools Gold Medium: CD Comment: Used to test both the bass of the speakers and also their reproduction of electronic music. Artist: The Corrs. Album: the corrs unplugged Track: whole album Medium: dvd Comment: dolby digital recording, this album is used to test the surround capabilities of receiver & speaker setups, the songs that have the orchestra more highly involved use a lot of rear channel output. One thing I noticed with my 7004's & 7006's just recently was that when Andrea Corr plays the Tin Whistle I can actually hear her breathe in, something I've not heard ever before Artist: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (Montreal Symphony Orchestra), conducted by Charles Dutoit Album: Holst: The Planets Track: 5. "Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age" Medium: CD Label: Decca 417 553-2DH Comment: [bass] Near the end of the track (from 8:00 onwards) an organ plays trouser-flapping low, low bass notes that will test your woofers, subwoofers, and your pet's constitution (as in: "Why is my entire body shaking?"). Artist: The Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, conducted by Nils-Erik Sparf Album: Vivaldi: The Fours Season Track: Any Medium: CD Label: BIS CD-275 Comment: This is without a doubt the best-recorded classical music CD I own. It has amazing clarity, and an equally amazing soundstage, with fabulous depth, width, height etc etc. Artist: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Hugh Wolff Album: Copland: Appalachian Spring, Music for the Theatre, Latin American Sketches, Quiet City Track: 2. "Music for the Theatre: Dance" Medium: CD Label: Teldec 2292-46314-2 Comment: This track has percussion that'll see how quickly your system recovers from transient attacks (or whatever the audiophile phrase is for "sudden bangs"). Artist: Steve Vai Album: Passion And Warfare Track: 2. "Erotic Nightmares" Medium: CD Label: CBS/Relativity 467109 2 Comment: This is a very busy instrumental rock track that has piles of guitars in it. The better your system, the more guitars you can hear. Artist: Mike Stern Album: Odds Or Evens Track: 2. "D.C." Medium: CD Label: Atlantic ATL 782297-2 Comment: A jazz-rock track with a great 'room' sound (especially from the drums). Artist: Yim Hok-Man Album: Master of Chinese Percussion Track: 1 „Poem of Chinese Drums†Medium: CD Comment: fantastic demo track It is awesome for testing how low you can go, and in general the ability of your system to bust out good bass. Artist: Nick Cave Album: Let Love In Track: Red Right Hand Medium: CD Comment: IMO impressive simply for the arrangement and composition of the track. Seems to me to be well-recorded and well-mixed, seems to have pretty good dynamics, great tight bass and there's this bell that I reckon sounds fantastic on better than average gear. Quickly sorts out serious gear from its lesser counterparts for me. 1. INXS - "Johsnon's Aeroplane" - Killer bass right from the get go. 2. Bill Bruford - "Hells Bells" - killer bass again but with some nasty keyboard mayhem - rich tapestry of sounds. 3. Loreena McKennitt - "All Souls Night - The voice of an angel. This track is simply gorgeous and should test the ability of any system to replicate pure cystalline vocals. 4. Ray Lynch - "Rhythm in the Pews - Keyboard instrumental - unique song and tests the dynamics on offer. 5. Michael Manring - "Disturbed" - This guy is a monster bass player and so is this track. The pounding of the drums / bass / rythym will reveal a lot of inadequacies with inferior equipment. 6. Bill Douglas - "Diamond Dance" - A progressive new age track that has massive sound stage and is a delight to hear on good equipment. 7. Steeleye Span - "Gaudette" - a multi part vocal harmony extraodinaire. A lack of other instruments lets you hear the vocals without any other interference. A lot of tape hiss from the master tape but wanes as the track increases in intensity but returns for the fade out. Multi timbral vocals with echo sounds brillant. 8. Shahin & Sephir - "1001 Nights" More for a new age reference as it's the type of music the wife likes - keeping her happy lets me spend more. 9. Simple Minds - "Someone, Somewhere in Time" - let's a system reveal how a wall of sound can sound with plodding and repetitive bass. Not too well recorded. 10. Genesis - "Cinema Show" My favourite song. While poorly recorded with a lack of dynamics, I play this to see if I can improve on what I have at home. 11. Jonathon Cain - "Passion Dance" - New age track featuring delightful piano / keys / drums/ bass / crisply recorded - tests clarity of the snare / higher piano notes. 12. Michael Danna - Deidre of the Sorrows - Plaintive track featuring sparse moody keyboards that gauges longevity of a listening session with this type of music. 13. Mannheim Steamroller - "Toccata" This blows hi fi reps sway. Insane dynamics, huge sound stage, great song, great drums, great synth work. 14. Return to Forever - "Majestic Dance" - Killer jazz fusion track - gauges if the system can keep up with the legendary Al Di Meola on guitar and Chick Corea on keys. Super dynamic stuff. 15. Steve McDonald - "Scotland The Brave" - You have never heard a better version. Features stunning keyboard work. 16. Michael Manring - "Monkey Business" - You ain't heard slap bass like this. Totally insane. 17. Tri Atma - Namaskar - A World / Ethnic song that features great percussives. Crisply played and crisply recorded. A great track! 18. Vanessa Mae - "Contradanza" - What a song! Reveals the strengths of any system. Electronic violin at its best. 19. Gordon Giltrap - "Roots" - Acoustic / symphonic bliss - superb playing - a good system will enhance the full depth of this recording to the utmost. 20. Lanvall - "The Crystal Entrance" A totally stunning track that will bring tears to your ears. I played this at my daughters funeral, there was not a dry eye anywhere. A short track featuring angelic vocals straight out of heaven. You won't have heard anything as good as this. 21. The Watchmen - "Holiday" great dynamics and clarity.
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    I certainly hope so mate. It has been a dream of hers since she was a kid and just now she is busy with teaching and writing music, but when she gets some time in a year or two she will probably team up with a couple of other people she knows and they might get some gigs together. If that goes well, she could be in this position in the mid term future. I will certainly let you guys know
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    I, personally, am interested in the electronics technology, so I'm just playing with making the design as best it can be, objectively. There are a great many EMC nightmares in audio electronics designs. It comes from guys from a bygone era trying to do digital electronics design. To dismiss good EMC engineering practice on the basis of 'you can't hear it' isn't good enough for me. Very few commercial products tick all of the boxes that I look for objectively, I am that pedantic. I am an EE but work in power for my day job, electronics is a hobby (for now). I am not interested in telling people what they can or cannot hear, it's just not my style. What I am interested in is helping people understand the real and quantifiable ways they can make a difference to the performance of an electronic signal reproduction chain. If I can make a reasonable, measurable improvement to the design of my electronics, I do. There is absolutely no need for fancy capacitors, handwaving, magic quantum effects or otherwise, just get the design right.
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    Just did the same after reading the posts here so thanks to jrisles and andythiing. My partner is a musician and a singer also and when I pointed out this thread to her we both agreed pledging $50 was a great idea. There are many things about the internet that are negative, but his is really the sort of thing where it can do so much good for new artists and we are hoping Julia makes a huge impact in the music scene in the future Thanks so much guys :)
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    Thanks Steve, I was sort of hoping you would chime-in. I do have a couple of questions about the XMOS board you are working on for the Offramp 6. You have mentioned over at Audiocircle that a well implemented galvanic isolation for the new board may make the items before the Offramp (eg. usb cable) less important. Have you been able to verify this in practice yet? Do you expect that this would extend to the computer also given your experience with a linear psu for your mac mini? Anthony Edit: I probably should not have had dinner mid post - I see HC has asked a similar question.
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    Why won't anyone entertain the explanation that the listening tests are poorly controlled?
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    Sounds like me in my youth...Rob
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    Fetishizm, perhaps you should re-read what I said about a pissing match. What I actually said was that I am glad that this thread has not become one...I said that everyone has been 'playing nicely' and I was glad for it. I've not taken affront to anything said in this thread, in fact I think we are all getting on rather well as is not generally the case for this topic. Thanks for your info by the way, although as Steve Nugent mentions in his post after you, his jitter specs are not just the jitter specs of the clocks at a single frequency, but of multiple frequencies at the SPDIF output. I believe that Steve uses a 24/96 music file to generate his jitter plots which from my understanding is the best way to do it (Steve please correct me if I am wrong). I recently saw an advertisement for a lower priced USB converter saying that its clocks have lower jitter than the highly acclaimed Offramp: I honestly cringed because the advert not only failed to mention which Offramp model it was referring to, but also because I have always been of the understanding that Steve publishes jitter specs at the output (not of the clock). The simple fact that the Offramp makes such a difference in my system is proof enough to me that it improves the operation of the DAC somehow. Furthermore, the fact that changing PC hardware and cabling affects the operation of my DAC is also proof enough that clocking at all stages of the digital source is important. I do take on board your insistence that there are probably better places to spend money on upgrades, and I assure you that I understand what you are saying, but they will also be done in time. This thread is about how the devices before the dac affect its performance and about my little crusade to attempt to better understand why I hear what I hear when I mess with things. You obviously have a more intricate understanding of the technicalities behind all of this than I, so please keep helping me understand this. Anthony
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    Hawks played like crap and still got the points. An ugly win is a good win when it is against Carlton. An as for Mick complaining about the umpires, I loved it when Mick whinged when he was with WCE, I loved it when Mick whinged when he was at Collingwood and I love it when Mick whinges when he is with Carlton.
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    Cheers ... $50 .. great value. I have just pledged myself. Perhaps it might be worth starting up another thread on here titled - "Crowd Funding Worthwhile Artists" With the link to their crowdfunding campaign and a couple of links to their music on youtube etc?
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    +1 to mrbuzzardstubble's selection + Andrew Cyrille. Cyrille's solo on the title track of Horace Tapscott's Dark Tree live album is something I never ever tire of listening to. A very tuneful/musical drummer like Max Roach.
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    Couldn't be bothered with a list but will mention a few that float my boat. Jim White (Dirty Three) - probably my favourite getting around at the minute. Bryan Devendorf (The National) Tony Williams- the driving force behind the magnificent Miles Davis Quintet (2nd Incarnation)
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    Vinnie Colaiuta Dave Weckl Steve Smith Gregg Bissonette Ginger Baker Terry Bozzio Billy Cobham Alphonse Mouzon........more to come.
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    I recently purchased a 55" LG 3D TV Model LM 6410 It's awesome Does everything you noted - networking Will read from a hard drive Has Internet and separate Apps I can play YouTube vids on it via the IPad Plus many other things Link - http://www.lg.com/au/tvs/lg-55LM6410-55lm6410 It was on a super special - so a win on price
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    I measure the jitter of the S/PDIF output of the OR5 directly and this measurement is not a single RMS or P-P number. It is a gaussian curve that is a distribution of the cycle-times of the signal. With no transformer at the output, the average jitter is 15-18 psec. This is about double the specified jitter of the Turboclock, depending on the frequency. in my system, which I feel is one of the most resolving in the world, I can easily hear the difference between 30 psec of jitter and 15psec of jitter. If the DAC receiver drowned-out this level of jitter, the these differences would not be audible IMO. BTW, I would be very surprised if your digital feed achieves anything close to the sub-psec numbers speced on your clock, but iti is always woth it to try to get the lowest jitter. #1 problem with digital audio. For Anthony - I was frankly shocked when I tried a Hynes linear power supply for my Mac Mini. The improvement in dynamics was obvious and significant. This was even the case when using the Short-Block USB common-mode filter, which is quite effective on its own. I am baffled by this, but unwilling to go back to the SMPS AC adapter. Steve N.
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    Colder than a scottish summer in the hills today :-) So staying close by my woodstock powered heater with a bit of female cohen
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    Ok a new discovery for me - Julia Henning - i just know she is going to be one of my favourites. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj1NOuq2rsk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vzgc2lQ2fLk
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    Threads – bass audition track recommendations From here are threads wholly devoted to bass. If you’ve read this far you’ll know that bass performance is also mentioned in many of the threads already referenced above. Subwoofer and low bass auditioning in this thread. Includes a link to a web site “how low can it go†with a list of 25 CDs that have low bass performance: http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/6741-test-tone-cds/ Thread includes link to: found this download on the real traps website. 10hz to 300hz in 1hz increments. http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/4009-bass-test-cds/ Meshell Ndegeocello - Peace Beyond Passion - most tracks have some nice bass in them
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    http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/3698-list-songs-to-use-for-evaluating-system-capabilities/ Includes lists of the categories of music that could be explored and what to listen for, as well as specific recommendations. Solo female - if the system cannot do this properly then I stop listening, regardless of any of its other qualities. The midrange is where my music is at, and if the mids are not done properly I probably won't like the system. Large orchestra - on a good recording of a well conducted work you should be able to hear what each musician is doing. A good test of soundstaging and separation. A large orchestra will also tax each driver in a speaker - in large multi-driver speakers I use this to pick out problems with coherence. On some speakers you can hear that the sound produced by separate drivers isn't "tied together" properly. Pipe organ - I use this to test for bass. Jazz - I use this to test for colorations in the top end, and to get a sense of the rhythm of the system. I listen for natural sounding high-hats, check that the double basses are actually audible as separate notes (and not just one bass note with a few missing), and that saxophones sound normal and not shrill. Solo violin - test for soundstaging. Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Session - 1. "Mining for Gold": This whole track has what sounds like an air conditioner that is very prominent and easy to pick on a high resolution system. When I was at Tony C's house I could have sworn there was an actual air conditioner turned on by someone when that track was put on... quite eerie. Without being told where the airconditioner is in the recording location I cannot be certain, but at Tony C's house it sounded like it was well into the room in front of the speakers and above my head. If we knew where the air conditioner was actually situated this would be a good track to test a systems ability to resolve depth. Nitin Sawhney - Beyond Skin - 6. "Nadia": At about the 1 minute mark (and throughout the track) there is what sounds like an electronic rolling wave of bass that digs very low. This is a great track for testing out a systems ability to handle bass. If it can handle this track it will handle most things (well maybe not woofer cooker). You should be able to hear all the bass frequencies clearly (it’s a rolling bass generation) without it sounding boomy or one noted. Thomas Tallis Spem in Alium - the forty part motet. There are eight five part choirs beginning with a solo voice, polyphony, homophony on the crescendos and unbelievable counterpoint at the end. A system that can recover the forty parts, not fall apart on the crescendo and place the choirs in space with the reverberation from the church will do well with everything else bar thunderous bass. (Tallis Scholars Gimell 006) .... Any complex choral is a test on imaging, clarity and separation. Spem in Alium can sound muddy and terrible quite easily. For Head bop and foot tap etc...You should feel good after hearing it. Chesky's Ultimate Demonstration Disk. Track 19: I Love Paris - Johnny Frigo Rodrigo Y Gabriella- Live in Manchester and Dublin - FOC- Speed and timbre. There is a bit towards the end where they are hitting the guitars that is amazing for this. John Williams- Romance of the Guitar- Concierto De Aranjeuz: Big Orchestral wide sound stage that comes around 8mins in, alot of cd players and speakers crumble with it. Massive Attack- Collected - Teardrop- One word, Bass. This is the ultimate test track for bass response. Bernard Fanning- Tea & Sympathy- Watch Over Me: This is a really well recorded track. I generally look for imaging and the fine details of the strings being struck. Dire Straits- Brothers in Arms- Latest Trick: On the right system the saxophone sounds amazing. I listen to this one just to hear that sexy saxophone smoothness. .... The Brothers in Arms album was a frequent test disk in a lot of HiFi store years ago, don't seem to see it around much anymore but like you say Latest Trick is a great smooth track Widor, Symphony number 5: last movement, shows me how the speakers respond to bass pedal arpeggios and move between drivers. If I use my favourite recording ('Sounds of York Minster') you should be able to hear the air in the organ stops. The Chieftains, 'Long Black Veil': track 3, 'Foggy Dew'. I like this because there is fantastic imaging, the vocal should snap into place in the centre and the system has to tease out the layers of instruments building up through the song. Leonard Cohen, "I'm your man", title track. Should just be foot tappingly rhythmic. Ben Harper, Live on Mars, disc 2, track 4 'Power of the Gospel'. The scratching on the fret, the breathless playing, the pluck of the strings. Then toward the end the rhythm kicks in. This is gorgeous. Keith Jarrett's Staircase as I like it and piano is hard to reproduce, and this is solo piano. Ted Hawkins - The Next Hundred Years, particularly the track Biloxi - it has such emotion and if the hairs don't stand up on the back of your neck, buy better equipment. For deep base I inflict U2's Discoteque on people. However, I must say the repressing of Aqualung goes much deeper than I've heard that album before (it's definitely a better balanced pressing, but I'm not sure if I have had a really good listen since replacing the speakers so that is probably a factor too). Beethoven's 7th, Karajan either the '63 or the '77 tests speed and the excitement of the music should shine through. Anyway, it's my favourite piece of classical since Keith played it to me months ago. Then find some crappily recorded bootleg to see how it copes with bad quality recordings, we all have some music which ain't recorded real well but we like so when assessing equipment it's worth putting it on. testing a subs capability is Chemical Brothers under the influence which is track 2 on the surrender album which just took me about half hour to find cos i couldn't remember which album :biggrin: you could use just about any CB track for testing a sub but this particular track has what i could best describe as a space ship coming in to land which cycles down very very low about every 30 seconds on the track, not everyone's cup of tea but good for a bass test none the less, my old sub would basically go silent through these transients Groove Armada's opener Suntoucher on their Goodbye Country Hello Nightclub album, it has a very funky bass line throughout which goes real deep another good tester.... 'Suntoucher' has a series of magnificent descending basslines in the intro before switching into a vinyl derived sample with a fast sounding drum beat - the combination of sounds in under a minute is the test......bass and detail and speed all in one go. Beware though....if hiphop ain't your thing! The Knife 'Silent Shout' - The title track to this album is an electro stunner. All created on computer and impossible to 'play' this tests out bass (as you'd expect) with what seems (feels?) like single digit frequencies at high levels in the closing 30 seconds. It also demonstrates speed as the harmony (?) is delivered using a clear rounded tone played at guitar like speed but each note starts and stops very fast. This is counterpointed by a sharp stopped bass beat throughout. Then there is the detail in the background - little drum fills and the like. Outstanding track from an outstanding album - electro equivalent of Van Halen's 'Jump' KCRW Rare on Air Volume 1 - a compilation with many great tracks, all done live with no overdubs . The test track I most often use is Lindsay Buckingham's revisit of the Fleetwood Mac track 'Never Going Back Again' which he does solo on twelve string acoustic...everyone knows how a good guitar should sound Steve Vai 'The Ultra Zone' - a loony guitar album but the opening track is a hard rock hoot and brilliantly produced - very high and hard sounding....detail and midrange tests are here in spades. Multi-tracked to within an inch of its life this is a tough track to play without sounding muddy and lost........but the best thing is that it TOTALLY annoys the hifi salespeople because it is just so bogan For speed of recovery on deep bass notes while playing finely/delicate upper mids and high frequencies-Theme track to American Beauty For female vocals and sound staging [smallish sound stage]-The Patsy Cline Story-American double LP. For opera [large sound stage] Callas-Pavarotti 1972 covent gardens " Lucia Di Lammemoor" LP For phase coherence and staging [medium] Sting-Dream of the Blue Turtles. For staging [small] and midrange/bass timing-Tom Waits -Heart attack and Vine.[one of the best recordings EVER]American Asylum LP pressing. For checking Cartridge/tonearm tracking ability-Tears for Fears- 'Songs from the big chair"LP, they foolishly put the highest modulated cut on the innermost track of this LP, if your TT can master this it can track anything. Original 45 Single of "Live and Let Die"-James Bond theme-can be true horror of a disc to get tracking correctly,but when you do.....wow! I would love to see this disc as a 12" 45rpm,it would be far easier to track. [sound engineers in this present time of over compression/loudness wars should listen to how it CAN be done without squashing the dynamics,"Live and Let Die" proves the point] For checking everything,a one disc does it all, well it would have to be this. "Mellow Mood"-Oscar Peterson,I've got it on LP and it is sublime,you can get it on SACD This is the baby to KNOW if anything is amiss with your system,you only have to play "Who can I turn to"-Truly amazing. The power of this recording is brilliant,so is the finesse,It has the soundstaging really second to none and the piano is not in the room with you, you are in the room with him. Even if your not a Peterson fan.you owe it to yourself to at least listen to the brilliant disc. "Starlovers" by Gus Gus (from "This Is Normal" CD) for testing that the subsonic bass is handled correctly (in most cases, it is missing or horribly smeared, and can also reduce some valve amps to a quivering mess). "It's A Hard World" by Supertramp (from "Some Things Never Change") for its bass and rim shots, and sound stage with all the special effects in the opening 1:30 minutes. "Spanish Harlem" by Rebecca Pidgeon or any number of Diana Krall tracks for femme vocals "The Golden Age" by Beck (from "Sea Change") for warm guitars and male vocals "When Poets Dreamed Of Angels" by David Sylvian (from "Secrets Of The Beehive") for acoustic guitar "Private Investigations" by Dire Straits (from "Love Over Gold") for dynamics (especially the electric guitar attack and the kick drums in the second half) "Be Where Now" by Padmasana to test that the ring of a bell can still be heard with clarity over thumping dubby bass
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    http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/50765-whats-the-best-michael-jackson-album/ Michael Jacksons : History past, present and future part 1 - Most of Michael’s recordings are high quality full dynamics, back in the early eighties I was introduced to a person who knew people in the recording industry, the dynamics of Michael’s recordings are that it was that good that it had to be compressed to be able to distribute on normal CD. - The History album is no exception, the dynamics on some of these tracks are a real test on your rig or any system, it's basically a point of how your system will stuff this up. Play the track "They don't care about us" and you will know what I'm talking about. "Dangerous"! The impact of instruments & clarity are astonishing to say the least! Thriller's Billie Jean is one of the best tracks for testing the large horn speakers I build. That drum attack and beat amazing.
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    http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/23730-weston-pre-sgr-speakers-gtg-some-advice-on-music-to-use-is-sort/page-1 Tori Amos - Precious Things : To test how the system handles fairly harsh tracks Yello - The Expert : To test how the system handles bass etc. Emiliana Torrini - Lifesaver : To test how the system handles intricate detail. Nitin Sawhney - Anthem without a Nation : to test all over system capabilities. Intricate detail, bass handling, headroom, soundstaging, imaging, its got the lot Piers Faccini - Sharpening the bone : tests systems transparency. Its such a raw track with lots and lots of inner detail.
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    http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/18218-music-to-audition-with-some-advice-please/ Thread includes several playlists. Emphasises the importance of emotion and feeling in how you respond to hifi. Mumbai Theme Tune : A. R. Rahman This is a highly emotive track for me. Beautiful strings, haunting flute all kept time by the ting ting of a triangle. If you haven’t heard it, I can really recommend it. Time : Pink Floyd Well, maybe the part after the clocks all go off. Although there may be merit in listening to that as well. But I really love Nick Mason's Rototoms. I find there's a lot in this track to explore the abilities of whatever I'm auditioning. Private Investigation : Dire Straits. The final instrumental 3 minutes or so. Wonderful acoustic guitar picking interrupted by some savage electric chord stabs, interspersed with nice little production tid-bits here and there, and some really silky vibraphones.
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    http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/29287-music-tracks-that-test-the-limits-of-speakers/ Thread includes the OP’s judgement on the tracks that others recommended to him I have tested my system with the Vocal version of - Nightwish - Dark Passion Play - track 1, The Poet and the Pendulum And auditioned the rest of the tracks on the CD. My system handled this track very well and after 30 min warm up time for the tube amp it sounded even better the second time around, in fact it sounded superb. The track is a mix of heavy metal with electronic overtones with an emphasis for the lower registers. Thanks for the recommendation My personal favourite is King Crimson - Bolero remix ( and its nothing like the classical Bolero) Its an instrumental track that subjects ones speakers with an instrumental fruit salad From the highest registers to the low The Jam - A Bomb in Wardour St is a great track to test tonal qualities of a system. If your system is on the bright side, this will sound awful. If your system is on the bright side & you listen to pristinely recorded Telarc type Jazz recordings or Female vocals ie: Diana Krall ...... you'd never know. Those type of recordings sound great on pretty much anything. They will of course sound different but never outright bad. If your system is neutral or thereabouts this will sound bright but still listenable, you just probably wouldn't want to play it 3 times in a row. If your system is on the dark side, this can sound quite listenable. Not a bad thing if you listen to lots of roughly recorded & heavily EQéd rock music, but possibly not great if you like all sorts of different music. Al Di Meola SACD Flesh on Flesh which has incredibly complex bass, rhythm and instrumental sound and sorts the wheat from the chaff -for instance B&W 803 -802 had been damaged by some 15 year old brat breaking the tweeter off because he thought it was a microphone!! the bass was boomy overblown -like the speaker was farting -all the underlying rhythms lost -listened too on my Infinity Kappa9 before we left every note crystal clear. Speaker 2 the focal utopia be the bass and rhythms crystal clear beautifully separated and distortion free. This SACD has a cd layer as well and really tests speakers very well -none of this stupid stuff with reversed phase dangerous bass The Chemical Brothers - Surrender album, track 6 "The Sunshine Underground". A simply stunning track in a system that can handle it, with a massive and vibrant soundstage, full frequency extensions in both extremes, and with a million sounds happening at once very precisely placed in space within the sound stage. If your system can do that one you don't need an upgrade. Section at around the halfway point when the drums took over and I could hear the fine high registers piercing through to be heard Surrender is a great piece of music. As good as the CD is I recently acquired the Lp. Whilst there is sometimes only a small difference between Cd and Lp on this occasion the difference is huge.It is like going from black and white to technicolour. From the same album - Under the Influence " , love that bass. Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto – ‘Berlin’ from the album ‘Insen’ Piano, electronics and field recordings – the piano is beautifully recorded with room ambience (creaking chair) before being belted with a cone melting bass throb. If your system is clean the bass will massage your body and the treble will comb down your hair. Detailed tweeters will reveal field recordings of birds in the distance. John Zorn – ‘Dark River’ from the album ‘Redbird for Agnes Martin’. Solo bass drum – only heard this reproduced well once on a 70’s Sansui speaker that had a 12†bass driver. Sodom - Tombstone; it has some seriously massive bass guitar sounds, and a short "war zone" interlude in the middle which is the only thing I've played that has brought my system to clipping. Sepultura - Inner Self; recorded in 1989 it has a rather good high guitar tone which should make your innards turn to mush if played correctly. Vadar - Helleluyah!!! (God is Dead); Much more modern sound, not much variation in volume, but instead an incredible amount of guitar distortion. You shouldn't feel well after listening to this. The Christmas Steps by Mogwai is a good test of resolution and ability of the system to hold it together with lots happening all at once. Peaking at around 100db on this track with a clean, extended sound takes some doing. its slow at first but gets a kick along about half way into the track with it peaking with a loud bass crescendo. A little hint of fripptronics at the 3/4 stage and another change to a slower pace of clean and sleep like finish 21st Schizoid Man King Crimson (court of the crimson king), the end is a total 'mash' of instruments very tough to present and image each one. Paris by Night Curved Air....(Lovechild), it is highly repetitive and 'boring',,, almost 3 minutes is a 'repeat' of a series of notes on the high scale from a grand piano.. then at about 3 mins it changes into a different range that sort of repeats the piano but sets off into deep and I mean DEEP bass, there are three instruments to unravel an electric bass, a double bass and electronically produced bass (probably a synth)... this overlay annihilates lot of systems ability to separate deep bass instruments. [bass] a disc Audison released in conjunction with Telarc. The live cannons in 1812 Overture are amazing: Audison Telarc - Music Expression Volume 1 Telarc's notorious recording of the 1812 Overture with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Realistic dynamic range and when the cannons fire, most cones on dynamic speakers bottom out - too bad it’s one of the most banal and insipid recordings of a lightweight classical piece... the telarc recording of the 1812, I wouldn't play it on any old speakers it tries to rip the cones out Yim Hok Man - Poems of Thunder The bass drum in the first track will really make your cones jump! low level detail retrieval? What music do you suggest then (I'd go King Crimson's Lark's Tongue in Aspic Part One for the finger cymbals Rapture – IIO This really tests the midrange, most systems it oscillates on the mids, even my $300 headphones don't do it well. The only speaker I have ever owned that I was happy with was customs built using the dynaudio d-52af mids Angel - Sarah McLachlan from Surfacing, I love this track for the purity of the piano and her voice. Doesn't push the limits but shows the quality of system. For the clarity in the treble/midrange and depth/sharpness of the bass. - Lady Ga Ga - The Fame Monster 2 - [starstruck] the remixed Beatles Album (by George Martin and his son) LOVE... the a capella singing on the first track is fantastic. You can hear sounds faintly in the background, and a few minutes into the track if you listen very carefully, you can hear a fly go past one of the microphones Buckethead - Sketches of Spain (For Miles) Over the last few days I have given it a bit of a workout Speakers love this sort of stuff. .... I played this track at an Audio Guild meeting through some big DIY Tannoy's and got a few approving nods from a pretty tough crowd. It's a great track for single driver speakers in general. Was the deal breaker when I decided to go down this path... Johnny Cash American V: A Hundred Highways. Really good recording - even on CD - his voice just hovers in the middle of the room Sam La More remix of "Sneaky Sound Systems" Kansas City. It's an interesting track if you can look beyond the whole mainstream "doof doof" side of things. On a decent setup the main vocalist will appear directly in front of you, and the back up vocalist's somewhere around the speakers themselves. Then there's some "clapping" sounds , some of which come from the speakers, some from just inside , and then there's some that extend waaay beyond the speakers. It's really interesting when you have the space and equipment to set up a very wide sound stage, the way so much of the sound stage is used in just once recoding. Plus you have the on and off bass line with is very clean (again for mainstream doof") and varies in pace, with various other electronic effects added in.
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    More of interest... credit to the original posters: http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/49243-need-suggestions-on-tracks-for-home-stereo-demo-testing/ Police Greatest Hits Track 5- Walking on the moon. There is no EQ on this mix and it will tell you more about what your equipment is doing, than listening to audiophile material. http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/43561-speaker-auditioning-music-your-recommendations-please/ The Police - Greatest hits. Track 5 is Walking on the Moon. It is an old vinyl master transferred straight to CD. It can sound very bright and speakers with "hot" tweeters will stick out like dog balls. Harry Connick Jnr - "She" CD track 7 "Joe Slam and the Spaceship" A bit of a strange funky track but has great bass and drum dynamics !! Doobie Brothers album, " Takin' It To The Streets" Tiran Porter track called 'For Someone Special'. original WARNER BROTHERS on CD. ( 7599-27300-2) or MOFO version: - Skunk Baxter playing a beautiful steel string acoustic in the left channel- should sound like he is in the room with you. - Tiran Porters' beautiful smoky vocal- all honey and grit. - Tirans' alternatively thumbed and plucked bass- you should be able to easily discern what he is doing. - The trumpet line that creeps in under the vocal line- the better the system, the earlier you notice it. - The smoking sax line that appears after the middle eight, just to the right of centre. - The overall dynamic range. - The audible spring in place on the snare at times during the track. - Lastly, the compulsion to hear the track right through- the mark of great music, and a transparent and engaging system Phil Collins "True Colours". A well recorded drum track with excellent vocal presentation and centre imaging. The drums go from left to right throughout the song. Very dynamic also. Phil Collins "Something Happened On The Way To Heaven" Dynamic horn intro with one of the best basslines I have ever heard. Snare is recorded with plenty of snap and air. The four (five?) following will test dynamic scale, instrument detail and vocal power.....but with live music influence ie not studio or clinical/ perfect biased: Gilberto Gil - Kaya N'Gan Daya Gilberto Gil's tribute album to Bob Marley. Very well recorded, with good dynamics and some solid bass. I chose the track 'One Drop', but you could really pick any track from this album. 'Waiting In Vain' would be another good choice. Buddy Guy live if you want to hear dynamics, also Albert King with Stevie Ray In session. Mia Dyson parking lots is another to hear cone breakup at higher volumes. Amina Claudine Myers salute is amazing for piano, acoustic bass and African drums Dream Theater (any of their albums) Tool - Lateralus Rage Against The machine - Self Titled (All good for trialling some heavier music, listening for instrument separation, staging, and dynamics, also bass response. Tori Amos - Boys For Pele (Piano and vocals are incredible on this album) Alan Taylor - Color The Moon (Folk album, accoustic guitar and vocals. I've seen Color the moon on some audiophine albums before) Infected Mushroom - Legend Of The Black Shawarma - (Very well produced electronic (psy-trance) album Check out the dynamics, response and staging) Roots Manuva - "Man Fi Cool", wild bass dubline, masterful dry drum sound, splash reverb etc Beck - "Guess I'm Doing Fine" , beautifully recorded and a great test of speakers' ability to deal with "saturation" Ramon Morris - "Don't Ask Me", excellent soundstage/instrument placement, fine jazz soloing/noodling Pheonix - "Everything is Everything", an exercise in "good" compression, phenomenal dynamics Roots Manuva - "Highest Grade Dub", flippin' heck, a test for any speaker, massive but complex. Produced by Lord Gosh. Fat space interrupted. Nitin Sawhney - "Tides", sparkling cymbals, piano dynamics, frequency breadth Brous - "Streamers", great arrangement, lots and lots of instruments, crazy chord spread, carefully recorded Anouar Brahem - "Le Pas Du Chat Noir", stunning instrumental recording, real but lush, typical of ECM The Who - Won't get fooled again. Lots of stuff in a single track. I use this as a good lead-in to "stuff to check". eg screams are subdued? Doesn't have the tension I want. Instruments muddy? The spaciousness isn't there. etc. The recording is easily exposed. Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand) - Mindip Recording and playing. Dynamics in an intimate jazz setting. First we'll take Manhattan Jennifer Warnes (Famous Blue Raincoat). Lead guitar by Stevie Ray Vaughan, guitar by Robben Ford. You ought to distinguish the backing vocalists (there’s more than one) Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto's Insen, especially the track Berlin. Any speaker that can play that track to the end is magnificent. Have the remote handy though; there's a moment at about 1:30 that will have the sales guys turn white and break out in a cold sweat. The gnarliest ambient track you will ever hear! Ott, Skylon, From Trunch to Stromness: Ott is a sound engineer and this is his creative outlet. Needless to say, it is superbly well produced. Immensely complex and layered dub. As a result the height and breadth of the soundstage is an important aspect of reproducing this track. A producer mate of mine introduced this album to a mastering engineer in Melbourne who uses it to calibrate his ears before mixing any artist that uses any electronic elements in their music at all. Third Ear Audio, Third Ear Audio, Intro + Ethereality + The End?: Intro and The End? will reveal the bass handling and resolution of your speakers and/ or sub integration. Ethereality is all about revealing sibilance and overall resolution. Bluetech, The Divine Invasion, Finding the Future by Looking Backwards + Holding Space: Tweeter response will be mercilessly tested in these tracks. Also good use of an uncluttered soundstage with the emphasis on the delivery of fewer sounds - although this is not minimalist by any measure. The Roots - You Got Me (this version) The levels are horrible, but as you wait you hear the verbal play between The Roots & Musinah, who sounds almost reluctant to sing the first line, and warms up quickly - the coaxing male vocal and the lo-fi but wonderful audio engineering values make the first minute of this a test for any system's listenability - I want to be drawn in to the musical conversation. Lana Del Ray - Born To Die - Got this for free - quick test demonstrates if complex pop arrangements are going to trouble a system - simply skip to the middle of most tracks. The Roots - The Seed 2.0 - Fantastic track, beat has to move you, rhythm has to come through, separation on layers needs to be vast as they're stacked so closely together in terms of Hz. Anything by Roots Manuva - Dreamy Days being a personal favourite, but his more 'dub' stuff (like his new album above) is better engineered and more testing. Join the Dots is another track from Roots that speaks clearly on, on good systems, and mumbles unintelligibly on, on poor systems. Lyrics like "(Roots) Manuva get gettin the got, stewed chicken in the dust pot runnin it hot" from the chorus is clear on most stuff, but if you hear the verses you're home and dry. Massive Attack – Teardrop - Timing and soundstaging are everything on this track. It led me to love the Monitor Audio RS6 / Musical Fidelity X-series combo over heaps of more expensive (and cheaper) stuff. If you listen to it on cheap systems, you might enjoy it as a lo-fi, trip-hop track. On wonderful systems, tiny details come to life which show the true level of professionalism (and orchestration) on the work. White Night: Impressions of Norwegian Folk Music (listen here then buy) This album is just stunning. Norwegian Soloist's Choir in the form of their lives and the best Hardanger fiddle playing I've come across. The polonese layers up beautifully and track 4 - 'Jeg lagde mig så sildig; has some of the best choral recording I've come across. Allsang has challenging harmonics both in fiddle and voice, and Bruremarsj fra Valsoyfjord/Aure will test the higher end of the system with some clean, interesting female soloists. This recording is the one (high def) CD I'd recommend to everyone I know, across any genre.
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    Thats not a bad LP from Zakk, but this is the must have:
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    Mate you can easily do this, AND have change leftover for records. Turntable - Technics B or early SL from eBay in your state, they come up all the time = $120 and some change for a new needle (called a stylus around here) Amp - eBay or Gumtree again, any vintage Jap brand will do (try Marantz, Onkyo, NAD), and you might even pick up a receiver for this money = $120-$150 Speakers - any Jap brand will do, again they can be had well for under $150. Good older British brands are out there like KEF/Mission if you keep a keen eye open. It's quite fun shopping like this - come back with the BEST system you can for under $500. Nice challenge!! good luck
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    Yes but pales compared to this thing of beauty What a masterpiece of indulgent homage to a great deck Frankly I cannot see much profit for what they sell for in the end--if I was going for a 301 this would Gazump them all! Superb! Willco http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Garrard-301-turntable-Special-Edition-by-Audio-Grail-/190855472321?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Turntables&hash=item2c6fdf64c1
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    Great. Ill have a pair of Zu Druids and a pair of Pass Labs Xs 300 while your at it thanks Darko. Should get though the carry on luggage no probs?
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    Good news on the Dynavector - Jonathan at JD Audio advised me, ( as well as Geoff from Toma Audio- thanks,mate) that the price would be going up to $970 when current stock is exhausted.He advised just had biggest drop against the Japanese Yen in 30 years So bit the bullet and have purchased a new one - but, wait for it, he's given me a sizable discount probably in response to my recent tales of woe! And since he'd missed the courier today he is sending it Express post for delivery on Monday Can't speak highly enough of Jonathan & all at JD Audio - best service i've ever come across Will be having a celebratory drink shortly! Cheers, Clive.
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    If you have 30V swing on output of your DAC could get a 'power amp' that is just a current buffer, with no voltage gain at all. Something similar to say the Pass F4 perhaps?
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    Yeah love Velvia 50, learnt with that film and my old 4x5 camera Heres a couple more from the same weekend
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    It's taken a while to work it's magic but yesterday I was trying to catch up on some emails and every time I tried to type something the music would grab me. I just found myself absorbed in the music when I was trying to do other things. Matt's voice is a killer, it sucks you in and then the layers of the music work their magic. These guys just don't seem to do even an average album.
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    Thomas Koner - Novaya Zemlya
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    Hi everyone! I've discovered the forum yesterday searching around online. I've read a few discussions and found this forum pretty cool so I thought I'd join in! Just started getting back into Vinyl. Recently purchased a Numark TTUSB. I have a big passion for music and listen to all sorts of styles of music.
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    So, first pic. This is before Ive had a chance to site properly and tidy up the wiring (although if I'm honest I haven't tidied up the previous system in 5 years!). My excuse is that this is a temporary (small) room pending completion of the new music room which I hope will be ready by the end of the year. Outstanding speakers which, with the big Halcro amps, provide an amazingly fast and resolving system without any trace of edge.
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    I saw Nina at the State Theatre , Sydney in the early '80's. We were held in rapture by a most regal personality. Truly old, gifted & black! My two adult daughters are named Ella & Nina. Guess that says something about their dad, lol!
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    and a few more: Rachelle Ferrell Lisa Gerrard Tracey Thorn
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    +1 for Tanya Donelly & Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star)
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