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Old 10-16-2013, 04:48 PM
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Nora Jones, "Come Away with Me" or Diana Krall "The Girl in the Other Room", both excellent recordings, with great microphone placement on the pianos...and some of the best vocal performances you'll find on any CD...or SACD.

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So far I only use this 3 'reference' CD for blind test among hobbyist or testing the system ....

 

1. DALI CD Vol.1

 

 

2. Bengawan Solo - JVC Japan (First recording version , very Analog recording )

    Traditional Indonesian music called "Keroncong" style with rich of musical instruments .

    Perfect for staging and imaging test

 


3. Yang Yin Yin - Found Myself ( BTM recording)

    Lots of detail inside this recording

 

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This is probably a terrible reference but I use the Dr Feel good album everytime I make a change in my system. I know what to expect. I have since added the remastered Emergency on Planet Earth by Jamiroquai.
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This is probably a terrible reference but I use the Dr Feel good album everytime I make a change in my system. I know what to expect. I have since added the remastered Emergency on Planet Earth by Jamiroquai.

When I'm putting the finishing touches on a system I run all my usual references thru..  Diana Krall, Dire Straights, Peter Gabriel, and on...   Then my guilty pleasure kicks in and I put on "Kickstart My Heart" by the cru.  No redeeming value.. not the best recording.. but man!

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I am sure it's already been mentioned but Steely Dan - Gaucho is fantastic, specifically Hey Nineteen. The new Brothers In Arms SACD is much better, and I really like The Division Bell by Pink Floyd.

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I only have like 3 SACDs, and I don't have a player to play the DSD layer. So for now, I will say the standard CD layer of Pixies - Doolittle on MFSL is my reference disc. The CD layer of the DSOTM SACD was underwhelming, IMO.

For a regular CD, my pick will be Pink Floyd - Animals 2011 remaster.
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So far I only use this 3 'reference' CD for blind test among hobbyist or testing the system ....

 

1. DALI CD Vol.1

 

 

 

Very interesting. Not my favorite type of music, but, as you say, outstandingly recorded, as are Vol. 2 and Vol. 3.


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The Burmester demo CD's have become my favorite reference recently.  Way out of print (and impossible to find when they were in print)  but they show up on ebay quite a lot.  Among the best recordings I've ever heard.  Very wide variety of styles so it's not hard to find something you like.  Especially on CD II.

 

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If you look REALLY hard ;), you can find 2 and 3.

They are, indeed, wonderful.

Thanks for the suggestion.


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If you like (or at least don't mind) a little orientation before the demo material, this is excellent:

http://www.chesky.com/various-artists--ultimate-demonstration-disc.html


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Happy New Year!

I own one of those Burmester CD, very cool demo tracks.
Last - where did you get those Dali CDs ?
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Last week I scored the XLO- demo CD. Have been wanting a copy for some time.
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...where did you get those Dali CDs ?

http://www.dali-us.com/en-US/Home.aspx
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The CD I use as a master test for a system, among others, is the recording titled "Horowitz; The Last Romantic". This has many good tracks for displaying the sonics and total dynamics of a Steinway piano,

but the one where he pretty much comes close to destroying the piano is the Chopin Polonaise #6 in A flat major , Op53. That is a TEST for a system! The vinyl number is DG 419045-1, the CD is 419045-2.

If this does not sound EXACTLY like a real piano on stage 10-15 feet away, then your system is not ready for prime time.

Mine DOES it, with Vandersteen Treo speakers, an Audio Research LS-26 preamp, Musical Fidelity M6PRX amplifier, an OPPO BDP-95, and MMF-7 turntable, Benz Micro Ace cartridge, and Musical Fidelity M1ViNL phono stage.

Two other CDs that are excellent are the Reference Recordings discs by the Minnesota Orchestra (Mephisto et al.). The "JAZZ" recording by Ry Cooder is another one.
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Last - where did you get those Dali CDs ?


I requested some small, inexpensive replacements for some Dali speaker grill attachment pieces and the very nice folks in their CS dept threw in Dali Demo disc #3 as a gift :).  I find every cut very enjoyable, and many musical genres are represented. 

 

Disc 1 is not easy to find.  I didn't think the song list on disc 2 seemed worth buying the disc so instead ordered the original CD of several of the selections off disc 2, such as forcione tears of joy and holly cole temptation.


Yes, I still like playing with Dalis.

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I always seem to end up using Fresh Aire III, the first track is fantastic for testing new setups. Enya is usually second.

 


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Johnny Cash's American recordings...
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:)This one's pretty good;
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Or this one also from Reference Recordings.
SoundStage! called it the best Orchestra recording ever made.

Minnesota Orchestra:

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My favorite Reference Recording is the Dick Hyman From the Age of Swing. I have the double LP but it is available on CD as well and now as high rez downloads. I will get the followup, Swing is Here via download in the next few days after my new laptop arrives which I will be using as a music server..

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My reference SACDs would be:

Patricia Barber's - Verse and Modern Cool
Jennifer Warnes - The Well
Bill Evans - Moonbeams, Explorations (SHM) and Portrait in Jazz (SHM)
Alison Krauss - Forget About It and New Favorite
Keb' Mo' - Just Like You
Miles Davis - Someday My Prince Will Come (APO)
Ray Brown - Soular Energy (Groove Note)
The Steve Davis Project - Quality of Silence
Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio - Midnight Sugar
Willie Nelson - Stardust

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My SACD collection, watch it grow and my wallet shrink ;-).

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I'm surprised that with all the Pink Floyd albums listed, I did not see Wish You Were Hear posted. I might have missed it since I did not read every post. Anyway, I think that has the best sonics of any Pink Floyd album and I have & love them all. Welcome to the Machine is one of the tracks I always use to check out base reproduction.
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Dream Theater - Images and Words

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I discovered also the recordings of Sound Liaison. Very interesting what they are doing.

Just as Suite I bought Thousand shades of Blue from Carmen Gomes.

 

 

What I specially liked is first the sound but also the strong imaging....it's really like the band is playing 'live' in front of you.

 

What I liked also is the latest album of Carla Bley.....Trios. With beautiful baslines of Steve Swallow.

 

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Or this one also from Reference Recordings.
SoundStage! called it the best Orchestra recording ever made.

Minnesota Orchestra:


I once felt that way on this one but soon found it has company from a few! If its the father of great recordings this is the GrandFather wink.gif




There's more but start at the top , I'll post more later wink.gif
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Great Audiofan, keep the suggestions coming.

I have the Pieter Wispelvey Bach Cello Suites recordings from Channel Classics. Very Good recording Quality, I'd say the best recording of the Suites in existence.

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Great Audiofan, keep the suggestions coming.

I have the Pieter Wispelvey Bach Cello Suites recordings from Channel Classics. Very Good recording Quality, I'd say the best recording of the Suites in existence.


Here's two more!



This one has a believe it or not , has a cleaner sound than the legendary Mahler's 2nd and you may find it hard to decided which is the better wink.gif




And lastly for now these two were recommended last year to me and where indeed a hidden treasure and a great find for sure and a cycle I plan to complete as these two thus far have earned my deepest respect . the Manfred is just something off the beaten path and takes more than one listen to begin to understand why no one wanted to touch it , but Tschaikowsky saw what was there , and glad he did smile.gif










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yes I read the review on Carmen Gomes,actually one the last sentences sums it up quite well;


I have practically worn out that Wav file!
so I have moved on to the Paul Berner album, same kind of sound and with a magnificent Michael Moore,not playing free jazz this time but beautiful haunting melodies.And the interplay between the 2 guitars is magnificent.

Hi Suite,
did you hear the new Sound Liaison download,'' After Silence'' with master trumpet player Andre Heuvelman?
Fantastic album, in my opinion at least as good as the previous albums with Carmen Gomes and Paul Berner, which given how much I love those albums says it all really.
Andre Heuvelman is a fantastic musician, technique in abundance but also a musician with a message, one of those rare musicians who can convey a whole palette of emotion with having one long note change in color. And his ''Live orchestra'' is consisting of equally gifted mucisians, especially the Cellist and the Bandoneon player are really shining here.
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Silence is the most important part of my music making.
Silence is there, foregoing every first note I play.
Silence being the place for inspiration.
Silence which lets me start each piece of music as a child hearing it for the first time.
Silence keeping me from automatically following the beaten path."...... Andre Heuvelman
Higly Recommended http://www.soundliaison.com/
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I have a Maxell Jazz sampler that I got when I bought my Heresy's at Listen Up in Denver in '79. Fantastic album with a varied style of jazz. Since have moved on to LaScala's. Sounds even better now. Another one is Poco's Cantamos Quadraphonic album. Sagebrush serenade is simply breathtaking.. Where is Elaine.

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