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post #31 of 319
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Originally Posted by ohyeah32 View Post

StopTheExcuses,

I also am a big fan of acoustic music (mainly acoustic guitar), I am listing the absolute best I own along with a list of reference sounding CD's from all different genres.


Acappella

The House Jacks- Drive
The Nylons- Fabric of Life
The Nylons- Play On
The Nylons- Hits of the 60's Acappella Style

Big Band/Vocal

The Manhattan Transfer- The Anthology: Down In Birdland
The Manhattan Transfer- Tonin'
Michael Buble'- Michael Buble'
Michael Buble'- It's Time
Westlife- Allow Us to Be Frank

Blues

BB King- Blues on the Bayou
Eric Clapton- One More Car One More Rider
Hamilton Loomis- Ain't Just Temporary
Jeff Healey Band- Get Me Some
Jeff Healey- Mess of Blues
Jimmy Rogers- All Stars
John Mayall and Friends- Along for the Ride
Kid Jonny Lang and the Big Bang- Smokin'
Tommy Castro- Right as Rain

Crossover Classical

Bond- Born
Bond- Shine
Hooked on Classics 3

Electronica

Yello- Baby
Yello- Zebra

Jazz

Peter White- Glow (SACD)
Peter White- Confidential
Spyro Gyra- In Modern Times (SACD Hybrid)

New Age

Jan Hammer- Beyond the Mind's Eye

New Flamenco

Esteban- All My Love
Govi- Havana Sunset
Jesse Cook- Gravity
Jesse Cook- Vertigo
Johannes Linstead- Cafe' Tropical
Johannes Linstead- Mediterranea
Steve Stevens- Flamenco A Go Go
Strunz & Farah- Heat of the Sun
Strunz & Farah- Stringweave

R&B/Soul

Human Nature- Reach Out The Motown Record
Human Nature- Dancing in the Street/The Songs of Motown 2
James Hunter- People Gonna' Talk

Reggae

UB40- The Very Best of UB40

Rock/Pop

Cesar Rosas- Soul Diguise
Chris Issak- Baja Sessions
Christopher Cross- The Very Best of Christopher Cross
Richard Marx- Flesh and Bone
Eagles- Hell Freezes Over
Eagles- Long Road Out of Eden
John Fogerty- Blue Moon Swamp
Toto- Mindfields
Toto- Through the Looking Glass

nice list there ohyeah

my reference sacd is

Stockfisch Closer to the music vol2

http://www.elusivedisc.com/prodinfo.asp?number=SFSA4006

just pure music, recorded really well from some excellent artists.

vol 1 is pretty good too and the vinyl version is just something else
post #32 of 319
My latest find is Jorma Kaukonen' Blue Country Heart CD. Its a bluegrass/country oriented accoustic blues album, fantastic stuff if you like that sort of thing. This is easily as good or better than any of my prize discs including Chesky, Telarc, Keb Mo, etc. The best part is that its $6!!!!!!

Speaking of Keb Mo, all his albums are audiophile quality and just fantastic accoustic contemporary blues. Try these out:

Slow Down, Keep it Simple, Just like You, Suitcase.


Enjoy my friends

http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=7611844
post #33 of 319
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Originally Posted by alebonau View Post

nice list there ohyeah

my reference sacd is

Stockfisch Closer to the music vol2

http://www.elusivedisc.com/prodinfo.asp?number=SFSA4006

just pure music, recorded really well from some excellent artists.

vol 1 is pretty good too and the vinyl version is just something else

Thanks.

I checked out some samples from that Stockfish Closer to the music and I liked it. I will most likely be buying it. Thanks for sharing.


Seth
post #34 of 319
Mark Knoffler - Shangri-la DVD-A for male vocals, guitar and strong bass.
Spyro Gyra - the Deep End SACD for instrumentals that shine
Linda Ronstadt - Don't Cry SACD for female vocal
Jane Monheit - Come Dream with Me DVD-A female vocal also, different style.

Eric
post #35 of 319
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Originally Posted by StopTheExcuses View Post

Hello all. As I grow older I'm getting more into 2 Channel Stereo than I used to be. I'm now on the hunt to find out the best quality Cd's or Sacd's to "Show off" the best my system can do. I'm really into Acoustic and/or Classical as well as classic rock.

So, what I'm asking is, what CD do YOU put in when you want to showcase the best your system can sound or wow one of your neighbors?

Good Question.

Live at Massey Hall 1971--------Neil Young
Blood Sweat And Tears---------Blood Sweat And Tears (SACD)
Chicago Transit Authority---------Chicago Transit Authority (SACD)
Blue Country Heart---------Jorma Kaukonen
The Best Of Johnny Winter----------Johnny Winter (SACD)
post #36 of 319
I like to make sure that any system changes pass the "boogie" test before a "reference disc" test. For this, I would try some Jah Wobble CDs. Like "Rising Above Bedlam" or "Betrayal".
post #37 of 319
If you'd like to hear how a band can materialize in your room, get

aNoo - The Luckless Lands of the North

Absolutely breathtaking sound quality. Also, if you are fond of female vocals, then pretty much anything from Madredeus will do. Try Existir and then get their other albums.
post #38 of 319
Great thread, I don't even know where to start... I'll just say one of my favorites is Vaya con Dios' "What's A Woman" - Best of the Best Gold album (Dani Klein lead singer, Belgian group). Pretty much everything by them sounds great. What I like about their recordings is that her voice (much like Nora Jones') is brought forward and shown off, while the instruments are well placed and well defined in the background with great separation. I love that about good recordings! For dynamic music I like to play Dancehall Divas; 10000 Maniacs LP version Hateful Hate and Trouble Me also sound great, Celtic Woman, Barbra Streisand - Memory, Sarah Brightman- Piano, Cyndi Lauper's The World Is Stone (only released in Japan), and tons of other songs....
post #39 of 319
Thread Starter 
I just wanted to send another thanks to those who have helped with this thread, I've found more "new" music to listen to than I would have ever imagined. Also, something I've stumbled on for female vocals would be Alison Krauss and Union Station's New Favorite Album. Very good blend of instruments and vocals.
post #40 of 319
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Originally Posted by sdv5 View Post

If you'd like to hear how a band can materialize in your room, get

aNoo - The Luckless Lands of the North

No kidding. That's some good s. Good music.

One of the quietest CDs I own is the Zenph Goldberg Variations release. The noise floor is spooky low. What I test most systems with is Toadies - Backslider from their excellently recorded Rubberneck CD. It is the best studio recording of any rock group I own.
post #41 of 319
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Originally Posted by StopTheExcuses View Post

I just wanted to send another thanks to those who have helped with this thread, I've found more "new" music to listen to than I would have ever imagined. Also, something I've stumbled on for female vocals would be Alison Krauss and Union Station's New Favorite Album. Very good blend of instruments and vocals.

You're welcome. I'm happy that we were able to help out a bit. And like you, I am also on the constant pursuit of sonic perfection, and have also learned about many albums from artists I have never heard of before. This thread should be kept going for a very long time. It is a valuable resource for finding the best of the best in sound quality and music itself.

Anytime I come across some new reference recordings, I will be sure to post it here.



Seth
post #42 of 319
jmichaelf,
Thanks for the Zenph Goldberg Variations tip. Ordered it today!!

ohyeah32, sick setup you've got there!! Great job!!
post #43 of 319
It doesn't sound like it's on.
post #44 of 319
Reference discs to show off the system:

Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue SACD
Buena Vista Social Club - S/T DVD-Audio

For personal listening:

All the newly released Pixies SACD's
post #45 of 319
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Originally Posted by Jonomega View Post

For me right now,

Reference Recording RR-96CD Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances
This classical (romantic) has nice dynamics and transients with full symphonic instrumentation.

Reference Recording RR-101CD Felix Hell: Pipe Organ Sensation
The pipe organ disk has amazing amounts of bass which brings any system that may have bass shyness to its knees. The disk effortlessly bottoms out typical 2-way speakers being run full range, and subwoofers inappropriately sized for the room.

Telarc CD-83534 Marcus Miller: M²
Jazz, lots of bass, instrumentals, vocals, standard decent modern jazz.


When others come over, I typically play:

Reference Recordings RR-109 The Hot Club of san francisco Yerba buena bounce

Telarc CD-83534 Marcus Miller: M²

Reprise 49965-2 Guster: Ganging up on the sun

Candyrat Records Antoine Dufour: Naissance


I have found for the layman who is not really into speakers, the best music to "impress" them is not the reference-level recordings, but the cds that have lots of acoustic guitar, breathy vocals, nothing too complicated (like classical). Also, playback volumes at least 72dB avg. I've found that less than that, and they don't hear the "airiness" or "transparency".


Couple of things I like that fall between both worlds of music and has a nice balance to modern music suited for all generations, and always gets people asking who they are, including 2 links for each artist for reference reading.

Sigur Ros; Untitled may be a bit heavy but I feel is stunning, check out a few of their other albums, such as Agaetis Byrjun or Takk
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p...ifoxqwkldae~T0
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p...0:kifoxqualdde
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p...0:wiftxqy0ldke

Chicane; listen to Far From the Maddening Crowds (guitar use is acoustic/classical)
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p...1:h9fwxqthld6e
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p...0:3pfexq8jldfe

Tiesto; Albums worth a listen Just Be, Nyana
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p...jfuxqlhldte~T0
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p...0:kjfexqlaldae

Layo and Bushwacka; Night Works
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p...0:hjfwxqy0ldde
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p...0:hjfwxqy0ldde

And a bit more traditional
Louis Armstrong: Satch Plays Fats (year 2000 release as it has extra tracks, link shows the standard release)
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p...0:anftxqukldde


Enjoy listening to everyone's choices, definitely some here I will be looking to buy that are recommended by others

Cheers
DT
post #46 of 319
post #47 of 319
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Originally Posted by eljr View Post

You left off Takk...

http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p...0:jnfoxq8sldje


My favorite.

I realised but was too lazy to add it, sorry and yeah great album, although I love Untitled

Cheers
DT
post #48 of 319
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Originally Posted by wakashizuma View Post

I second what others said. It's all about the music in the first place. If I like the music, then I listen to it.
However when I audition CD players, speakers or receivers my demo disc is Dark Side of the Moon. I know the record very well and it has an excellent sound quality.

+1 on Dark Side of the Moon - I keep it on my red wine modded iPod in lossless format ripped from DVDA so I can demo it to customers as needed because it has a great dynamic range and great spacial manipulation overall. It's also my personal speaker workout
post #49 of 319
SACD;
Dire Straights, Brothers In Arms 20th Anniversary (Not all tracks mind you)
Pink Floyd DSOTM (No surprise there)
Various Artists on a Blue Coast Collection SACD (Kal R. recomended in a similiar thread)

DVD-A;
Deep Purple, Machine Head (Showing my age here)
Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (It's surprising how many songs on this pop classic still hold water.)

CD's;
Erica Bahdu, Bahdusim (Over the top bass track but stellar vocals & my apologies for misspelling if I did.)

Moe, The Conch (No idea why I bought this but it's really interesting and has some great, and well recorded, tracks - I just keep picking it out of the pile.)

Dianna Krall, The Girl In The Other Room (Just too good not to mention - what a voice.)

Since we've entered into the multi-channel realm I think it's only fair to mention these media;

DVD's;
Both of Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festivals (A well recorded guitar orgy.)

Elton John, Live at The Royal Opera House (This recording really captured the ambiance of the hall.)

Dianna Krall, Live in Montreal (See Above)

Rory Gallagher, Live at Montreaux (Not particularly well recorded in the earlier years' tracks but one of the most under-rated blues/rock guitarists IMO.)

Blu Ray;
Pat Metheney Group, The Way Up Live (In DTS HD MA, probably the best quality recording in any media I've ever heard - I'm not big on jazz without vocals but this is a must hear.)

All of these have something to offer that my guests can appreciate while at the same time showing the resolution of my system.
post #50 of 319
Some of the discs I have which I feel have great sonics and stand my test of sounding great on multiple system listening:

Audiophile Vocal Recordings - Chesky (Redbook)
Gerry Mulligan meets Ben Webster - MoFi (Redbook)
Art Pepper + Eleven (SACD)
Mingus Ah Um - Charles Mingus (SACD)
Live at Blues Alley - Eva Cassidy (Redbook)
The E.S.E. Sessions - Blue Coast Collection (SACD)
Flim & the BB's - Tricycle (SACD)
Steven Davis - Quality of Sound (SACD) DMP Label
Yellow Jackets - Lifecycle (SACD)
Benny Carter - Jazz Giant (SACD)
Milt Jackson - Invitiation (SACD) MoFi
Mark Knopfler - Shangrai-La (SACD)
Amanda McBroom - Live from Rainbow and Stars (Redbook)
Diana Krall - Love Scenes (SACD)
Tierney Sutton - Dancing in the Dark (SACD - Telarc) - Superb sonics - really mellow music...
Joe McQueen - 10 at 86 - (SACD) ISO-Mike

For Classical - all on SACD

Britten/Elgar - Paavo Jarvi
RCA Living Stereo - Sherherazade (JVC XRCD sounds better, but the 3 CH RCA just gives a better sound stage)
RCA Living Stereo - Pictures at an Exhibition (also MoFi version)
Mozart Violin Concertos 3 & 4 - Julia Fisher (Pentatone Label)
Mozart Youth Symphonies - 3 & 4 sound the best
Boston Symphony Chamber - Mozart Chamber Music for Winds and Strings
Haydn - The Fry Street Quartet - ISO-Mike Recording by Ray Kimber
Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 Fasolis (SACD - Arts Music)

(all ISO Mike recordings are amazing quality, you just have to like the music too)

I see these two disc below recommended all the time for those just getting into SACD. While the music and the sound is better than the original releases on Redbook, they are not the best for showcasing the abilities of SACD. Again, just my opinion.

DSOTM - IMO the MCH is just gimmicky with the music all around, and the 2CH sound quality does not compare to The Wall on MoFi. There are far better sounding SACD recordings out there than DSOTM.

Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms - IMO Shangra-La sound quality is far superior across the board
post #51 of 319
The Beatles -Abbey Road
Dire Straits-Brothers In Arms
Donald Fagen-Morph The Cat
Sarah McLachlan-Surfacing
Jennifer Warnes-Famous Blue Raincoat
Little Feat-Waiting For Columbus
Esteban-Enter The Heart
Pink Floyd-DSOTM
post #52 of 319
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Originally Posted by DominoTree View Post

+1 on Dark Side of the Moon - I keep it on my red wine modded iPod in lossless format ripped from DVDA so I can demo it to customers as needed because it has a great dynamic range and great spacial manipulation overall. It's also my personal speaker workout

Back when I first got into audio (and DSOM was new), it was my reference. Recording technology has come a long way since then, though, and any CD from the last 5 or 10 years surpasses it in terms of SQ.
post #53 of 319
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Originally Posted by PULLIAMM View Post

Back when I first got into audio (and DSOM was new), it was my reference. Recording technology has come a long way since then, though, and any CD from the last 5 or 10 years surpasses it in terms of SQ.

Sure, but the context of the OP's question was about "showing off" his system, and I would assume the audience to be of a neophyte variety. (I know I stand alone among my friends with this addiction. )

IMO for the OP's purpose familiarity lends itself well. DSOTM may be gimmicky in it's music reproduction but it's fun and exploits the surround channels for demo purposes, and there's no questioning its familiarity.
post #54 of 319
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Originally Posted by rnrgagne View Post

Sure, but the context of the OP's question was about "showing off" his system, and I would assume the audience to be of a neophyte variety. (I know I stand alone among my friends with this addiction. )

IMO for the OP's purpose familiarity lends itself well. DSOTM may be gimmicky in it's music reproduction but it's fun and exploits the surround channels for demo purposes, and there's no questioning its familiarity.

Yes, for those who have never heard MCH with music all around it could be a good demo and many are familiar with it, but the sonics are just not there for showcasing SACD and its abilities when done properly (a requisite for all formats) for superior sound.
post #55 of 319
Thanks for the suggestions on here. I had never heard of Diana Krall and purchased "The Very Best Of". I liked it so well I now have "Live in Paris". I think Live in Paris is my new favorite CD. I will start looking at the other suggestions. Thanks again. Steve
post #56 of 319
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Originally Posted by dtb300 View Post

Yes, for those who have never heard MCH with music all around it could be a good demo and many are familiar with it, but the sonics are just not there for showcasing SACD and its abilities when done properly (a requisite for all formats) for superior sound.

No argument here, it isn't the best but then again it certainly isn't the worst. I'd put The Police Syncronisty (or however that's spelled) SACD on the top of the list of the worst I've heard.

Slightly off topic but, it's nice to see so many, Knoplfer/Dire Straits mentions. Definitely my favorite artist over the years. I'm going to see him at a small venue here on July 3rd.
post #57 of 319
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Originally Posted by SJ21XDC View Post

Thanks for the suggestions on here. I had never heard of Diana Krall and purchased "The Very Best Of". I liked it so well I now have "Live in Paris". I think Live in Paris is my new favorite CD. I will start looking at the other suggestions. Thanks again. Steve

If you like that, her "Live At The Montreal Jazz Festival" is a very well recorded live concert DVD worth a spin.
post #58 of 319
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Originally Posted by rnrgagne View Post

If you like that, her "Live At The Montreal Jazz Festival" is a very well recorded live concert DVD worth a spin.

Thanks, I will start looking for it.
post #59 of 319
Great thread...hopefully it lasts a long time...

I've already seen some mentions here for Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms ....another good one is Sultans of Swing - The Very Best of Dire Straits. It's an HDCD, but it sounds good even on non-HDCD players
post #60 of 319
Another for Brothers in Arms. Damn that SACD sounds good.
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