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post #1 of 106 Old 10-26-2010, 02:44 PM - Thread Starter
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Now that some users gave me websites to purchase audiophile CDs from, I would like your opinion on which music CDs to get to enjoy a high-end stereo setup...

I currently own CDs from the following artists:
- Jacintha (XRCD2)
- Jennifer Warnes (LPCD 45 Direct cut super master)
- Diana Krall
- Norah Jones
- Happy Coat (K2 HD Mastering) although this one is only instrumentals... I prefer music with vocals as well

Is there anything in that style that I should definitely get for my collection?

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I would suggest music from Patricia barber specifically Nightclub and Verse. I have both these CDs in their Redbook versions but to me the SQ is excellent.

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That sounds like a great suggestion.

Come on folks, I'm sure there are lots more you can come up with that must sound AMAZING to listen to!
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Modern Cool by P. Barber, The Way it Was by Art Pepper on MoFi Hybrid SACD, and well just about anything that MoFi puts out will sound great. They just put out a remaster of Little Feat's Waiting for Columbus that I'm sure sounds fantastic as this was a well recorded live album.
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the black keys-brothers album sounds amazing if you like blues rock
pink floyd-dsotm is always a good one
beck-sea change
the black crowes-croweology
alice and chains mtv live

I dont know what your music tastes are but these are all audiofile quality

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A few of my favorite SACDs. Patricia Barber Cafe Blue, Rebecca Pidgeon The Raven, a few of the Living Stereo SACD reissues.
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Some that I like are the "Audiophile Voices" 1, 2, and 3. Some really good stuff on these CD's. Just what you're looking for.
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Some that I like are the "Audiophile Voices" 1, 2, and 3. Some really good stuff on these CD's. Just what you're looking for.


Is this a mix of different artist? What is the record label? Is it easy to find on the net?
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It is a mix of different female vocalists. Here is an example.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Best-Audiophile-...item483d446114

I got my copies at the Goodwill.
The Rebecca Pidgeon song is pretty cool. And her CD "The Raven" is good too.
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The Smashing Pumpkins: Melancholy and the infinite sadness sounds fantastic and has great dynamic range for a CD. Seriously, this is one of the best sounding CDs I can think of. If you enjoy hard rock, you can't go wrong with this one.

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sara k chesky records
fourplay
chuck loeb
all depends the music you hear
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I recently discovered that you can order CD versions of the original Sheffield Records on Amazon. All three Lincoln Mayorga volumes, including the first one, are on a two CD set, and both Amanda McBroom albums are on another CD set. My LP copies of these have sadly deteriorated, so these CDs are a godsend.
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This album has spectacular sound. It is always used by me, along with a few other albums, for equipment evaluation.

In retrospect, the film Idiocracy seems prophetic.
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Try "88 Basie Street" on XRCD. Very nice.
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Michael Hedges Aerial boundaries and Breakfast in the Field are incredible recordings. Some of the best I've heard.
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Johnny Cash
  • American Recordings
  • Unchained
  • The Man Comes Around

I'm not a big "Country" fan or Gospel fan but there's something spooky about these albums by a legend. Just acoustic instruments and a guy singing simple songs in simple arrangements. They just seem so honest and his voice, while maybe not at his peak, had a quality that captured the emotion of a guy who knew the ride was coming to an end. I don't believe he made these recordings for commercial success. He made them as the last statement in his legacy. That's audiophile to me.
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I'm glad all you boys pitched in for thoughts. I went ahead and ordered a few to add to my growing collection:

- Patricia Barber: Cafe Blue (Gold HDCD)
- Patricia Barber: Night Club (Gold HDCD)
- Rebecca Pidgeon: The Raven (Chesky CD)
- Jacintha: Autumn Leaves (XRCD2)
- Jennifer Warnes: Famous Blue Raincoat (Gold CD)

Cost me 148$ CAD shipped to my house. So it doesn't come cheap... I ordered from Elusivedisc.com

However, it's nice to have a community of people who exchange on what they've experienced.

All of the above are female vocals. Those are always nice.

But are there any musical discs that I should REALLY have in my collection to enjoy a high-end stereo setup?

I'm just about to jump the gun and purchase a complete dedicated stereo setup I auditioned yesterday...

- Sonus Faber Toy floorstanding speakers
- Rega Brio3 integrated amp
- Rega Apollo cd player
- High end cables, connectors and interconnects

It's a sweet setup, very musical, warm and natural sounding.

I'm trying to get the most out of it, by bringing out its musicality with some of your suggestions, so keep on suggesting!
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By the way, there seem to be so many differences in the way they master high-end Redbook CDs, that it's hard to keep track of all that, and what differences are.

Are there any sites that explain differences between stuff like XRCD2, HDCD, K2 HD Master, etc?
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You should listen to Michael Franks
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Another Jean Luc Ponty
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Billy Mclaughlin - Fingerdance
Neil Young - Harvest

These are my favorites. I also appreciate that Neil Young is a self proclaimed audiophile and makes some real special efforts maintain these characteristics in his music.
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if you like jazz piano, it doesnt get any better than Bill Evans (IMO). the 3 disc box set The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings is costs about $30, and is worth every cent. its 26 songs (2.5hrs) of bass, drums, and piano. and its all live.

the sound quality is great, the music itself is unbelievably good, and the audience chatter/sounds in the background are a really good overall soundstage demo

soooooooooooooooo good

http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Villa...8580924&sr=1-1

2.0 > 7.1
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There is a reggae band in the Virgin Islands that is producing a sound unlike anything else. They are called Midnite and have released many albums but here is my favorite:

http://www.amazon.com/Vijan/dp/B000B...8599065&sr=1-1

Straight CD but the way it's recorded and mastered I can't imagine it sounding better. Midnite will test your hi-fi in every way possible!
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I just bought a bunch of new discs to test out my new setup... They're all great music CDs... I got to audition them on a nice setup before buying them. It's great when you have a chance to discover new artists...

- Bebo & Cigala - Lagrimas Negras
- Kellylee Evans - Nina
- Stacey Kent - Breakfast on the morning tram
- Melody Gardot - My one and only thrill
- Jesse Cook - Montreal (live)
- Buzz Ensemble - The Planets

A mix of female vocals, instrumental and classical music. Awesome selection.
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Here are more selections that my local specialized music store suggested, let me know if there are any in there I should really purchase:

- Stevie Ray Vaughan : The Greatest Hits
- Gary Burton et Pat Metheny (vibraphone and electric guitar)
- Ottmar Liebert (acoustic & electric guitar)
- Tommy Emmanuel (acoustic guitar) album One special edition
- Catpower (blues)
- Melody Gardot (her first album Worisome Heart)
- Lizz Wright (jazz)
- Katie Melua(pop-jazz)
- Asha (world)
- Sarah Slean (pop piano)
- Elisapie Isaac (pop)
- Buika (world latin)
- Sylvain Luc & Birelli Lagrene (jazz guitar)
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Jan Chapin's Stevie Wonder tribute in 96/24 is AMAZING. Available at HD Tracks, Chesky record's website.
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Jakob Dylan - Seeing Things. very nice acoustic album.
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Here are more selections that my local specialized music store suggested, let me know if there are any in there I should really purchase:

- Stevie Ray Vaughan : The Greatest Hits
- Gary Burton et Pat Metheny (vibraphone and electric guitar)
- Ottmar Liebert (acoustic & electric guitar)
- Tommy Emmanuel (acoustic guitar) album One special edition
- Catpower (blues)
- Melody Gardot (her first album Worisome Heart)
- Lizz Wright (jazz)
- Katie Melua(pop-jazz)
- Asha (world)
- Sarah Slean (pop piano)
- Elisapie Isaac (pop)
- Buika (world latin)
- Sylvain Luc & Birelli Lagrene (jazz guitar)
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Slightly off subject but...

I don't know what any of his CDs sound like but, the Tommy Emmanuel video that PBS has been showing during their recent funding drives is most definitely worth seeing. - The guy is unbelievably, mindbogglingly FAST!
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in terms of "Labels" look for:

Three Blind Mice - excellent recorded Japenese Jazz from the 70's.
Opus 3 - Scandanavian (sp?) music samplers telling you what to listen to
Wyndham Hill - Tuck and Patty (guitar and vocal artists)

In addition the previously mentioned Sheffield Labs, Mobile Fidelity, Chesky. Also back in the day of vinyl - Jazz at the Pawnshop had a huge cult following.

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