I'm finally upgrading to a quality audio system that will excel in music as well as movies. Over the years when I've read reviews on audio gear, the reviewers always mention the discs they use for auditioning. Sometimes I'm familiar with the performer, sometimes I'm not, but they are able to describe very specific nuances and details that are revealed when you have a high-quality audio system, and I'd like to have the same kind of experience.
For demonstrating the quality of movies, there are titles that are known as "go-to" demo discs for great scenes that give your system a dynamic workout.
I'm looking for recommendations on "go-to" discs for demonstrating music -- audiophile-grade discs that really reveal the you-are-there quality that are often referenced in high-end reviews. Like most people, the majority of my music library is lossy MP3s, but I'd like to have a modest collection of discs when I want quality listening, or to demonstrate to friends the (hopefully vast) difference between a typical MP3 and a high-resolution audio format.
I'm open to virtually any genre of music, the only caveat being that it must be able to play using a Playstation 3 as a source (connected via HDMI) -- which I believe means either CD, SACD, or perhaps lossless audio files streamed over my network. I suppose I'd be open to any quality concerts available on Blu-ray, but a video component to the music is a very low priority.
I've never purchased a heard an SACD disc before (I chose to sit out of the DVD-Audio and SACD format war, and didn't have equipment that was high enough quality to appreciate them anyway), so I'm particularly hearing audio that is superior to CD quality.
Thanks for your recommendations!