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post #61 of 311
Dick Hyman, From the Age of Swing.
post #62 of 311
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Originally Posted by rnrgagne View Post

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.

Shangri-La is the BEST sounding SACD by Knopfler either by himself or with Dire.

I remember back in the early days of digital when Brothers came out (1985) and was voted by magazines as the best CD that year. There was also a release by Flim and the BB's that year called Big Notes. Big notes sound quality was superior to Brothers, but Flim was not known by the masses, and Dire won out. The SACD by Flim, Tricycle, is one of my top SACD's for demonstrations of what dynamic range and SACD sound quality. Another great DMP album is Quality of Silence by Steve Davis Project - just phenomenal sonics, but the music is hard to get into for most people.

I was very disappointed by the sound of Knopfler's release with Emmy Lou (Redbook) but the songs were great (I am an Emmy Lou fan). His latest album has reassured me Knopfler is concerned about great sonics with great music.

Knopfler music is great stuff.
post #63 of 311
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Originally Posted by vantagesc View Post

Dick Hyman, From the Age of Swing.

There is actually a guy named Dick Hyman? Did he start out in the porn industry?
post #64 of 311
FWIW
Trinity Sessions by Cowboy Junkies
and in surround it's got to be:
Deadwing by Porcupine Tree

Mike
post #65 of 311
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Originally Posted by dtb300 View Post

Shangri-La is the BEST sounding SACD by Knopfler either by himself or with Dire.

I remember back in the early days of digital when Brothers came out (1985) and was voted by magazines as the best CD that year. There was also a release by Flim and the BB's that year called Big Notes. Big notes sound quality was superior to Brothers, but Flim was not known by the masses, and Dire won out. The SACD by Flim, Tricycle, is one of my top SACD's for demonstrations of what dynamic range and SACD sound quality. Another great DMP album is Quality of Silence by Steve Davis Project - just phenomenal sonics, but the music is hard to get into for most people.

I was very disappointed by the sound of Knopfler's release with Emmy Lou (Redbook) but the songs were great (I am an Emmy Lou fan). His latest album has reassured me Knopfler is concerned about great sonics with great music.

Knopfler music is great stuff.

I've only got the CD of Shangrila and I'll have to check out the SACD. The Live Concert DVD of Mark & Emmy is actually very well recorded for that medium.
I saw him live last night at a 2700 seat concert hall. What can I say, the guys is master-class.
post #66 of 311
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Originally Posted by dtb300 View Post

Shangri-La is the BEST sounding SACD by Knopfler either by himself or with Dire.

The only Knopfler album I don't own, my copy is in shipment and I'm looking forward to it. If only they'd release Golden Heart on SACD....

My current "reference" album is Tea for the Tillerman, remastered redbook. Astounding just how good a nearly 40 year-old recording can sound.
post #67 of 311
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Originally Posted by StopTheExcuses View Post

This is great! Just from this thread giving me ideas, I've purchased Pink Floyd "Dark Side Of The Moon" SACD, Diana Krall's greatest hits, and Dire Straights "Brothers in Arms" SACD. Now, it's on to the more obscure artists mentioned in this thread, thanks!

Diana Krall is Hot, Besides all those disc you mentioned get played often by audiophiles to audition speakers.

The discs I use to demo probaby wouldnt bring out the Huge midrange I associate with high end speakers, but i Used them anyway.

Timbaland-shock Value (explicit)

KT Tunstall-eye of the telescope

KT-tunstall Drastic fantastic

Hans Zimmer, nick Glennie smith,trevor rabin, and harry gregson-williams - "the rock" original motion picture soundtrack
Fragma-embrace

Lasgo-somethings

Lasgo- Far away

Cascada- everytime we touch

Michelle branch-hotel paper

Michelle Branch-the spirit room

Genesis- turn it on again the hits,

Hinder-Extreme behavior (explicit)

I like to Punish speakers,while I audition them.
post #68 of 311
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Originally Posted by Raymond Leggs View Post

I like to Punish speakers,while I audition them.

DrumSex, by Brent Lewis
post #69 of 311
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DrumSex, by Brent Lewis

Venetian Snares for me when I want to punish speakers!!
post #70 of 311
The Bassface Swing Trio plays Gershwin - Stockfisch Records. Absolutely amazing performance and sound! If you haven't heard this, do yourself a favor and get it now.

Also I use the following discs (in no particular order) to audition new equipment frequently.

Eagles Hell Freezes Over - XRCD
Talk Talk - Colour of Spring - SACD
Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms - XRCD
Dire Straits - On Every Street - CD (Warner Remasters)
Chris Isaak - Baja Sessions - CD
Patricia Barber - Cafe Blue - SACD
Bill Frisell - Gone, Just Like a Train - CD
post #71 of 311
Thread Starter 
Everytime I check back on this thread I end up spending more money! Keep the suggestions coming. Thanks!
post #72 of 311
so which have you bought and what do you think?
post #73 of 311
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Originally Posted by PULLIAMM View Post

There is actually a guy named Dick Hyman? Did he start out in the porn industry?

He owned all Oppo equipment, your kind of guy.
post #74 of 311
Great Jazz disc: Clark Terry - The Chicago Sessions 1995-96 on Reference recordings Cat. #RR-111.
post #75 of 311
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Originally Posted by eljr View Post

He owned all Oppo equipment, your kind of guy.

That is not possible. Oppo only makes DVD players, not recievers or speakers.
post #76 of 311
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Originally Posted by PULLIAMM View Post

That is not possible. Oppo only makes DVD players, not recievers or speakers.

Oh well

I honestly never heard of Oppo before I came to this forum. I have since read their reviews and if I ever was to buy a DVD player (not likely) I would consider them.
post #77 of 311
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Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms - XRCD

Have you compared the BIA XRCD to the SACD? If so, which do you think is better?
post #78 of 311
Windminister - Bootsmann Hybrid SACD
An excellent acoustic guitar recording.

For Female vocals I have been listening to Alicia Keys unplugged
post #79 of 311
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Originally Posted by unavol View Post

Have you compared the BIA XRCD to the SACD? If so, which do you think is better?

I own three copies of the disc, the 20th Anniversary Hybrid SACD, the XRCD2 and a redbook version, which I can't remember the version. I compared the SACD to the XRCD last year and I preferred the XRCD. It's been a while so I don't recall specifically what I liked better about the XRCD, but since then I've only played the XRCD.
post #80 of 311
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Originally Posted by DulcetTones View Post

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

Tiesto; Albums worth a listen Just Be, Nyana

And a bit more traditional
Louis Armstrong: Satch Plays Fats (year 2000 release as it has extra tracks,

DT

I would have to agree with what most of what everyone has said so far. I would rather bring something I am familiar with than something that is 'flashy' or 'sounds like reference material'. I know that most of the stuff i do bring, imo is as close to reference material as I can get, because it will be music i will be listening to.

Nice choice of cd's DulcetTones

On that note, I must list a few my favorite albums to bring.
Sigor Ros - ( ) :is a fantastic album to test dynamics.
Mono (Japanese) - Are you there? :is even more dynamic than Sigor Ros.
Isis - Panopticon :Personal favorite, lots of organic warm tube guitar tones, and lots and lots of layered sounds.
Bjork - Homogenic :Another personal favorite. If you have heard this CD you will know why its on the list.
High on fire - Blessed black wings :When i want to hurt some speakers
Aphex Twin - Windowlicker :Another really mean one
Squarepusher - Big Loda :The bass tones in this really Really work out the mid-low's
Fink - Distance and time :Acoustic and male vocals, very warm and organic.
Nobuo Uematsu - Final Fantasy VII Piano Collections :I have listened to this one more times than i can even begin to count.
Tori Amos - Little earthquakes :Some of the piano stuff here is really great.

I know there are plenty more, but thats all I have for now.

Also Hello everyone!
post #81 of 311
Stereo Hybrid SACD / CD:

Hugh Masekela - Hope

The last track Stimela (The Coal Train) is often used at audio demonstrations to show off the range of a system; however, the entire disk is very very good and a new favorite of mine. Much of the vocals are in Zulu, but some portions are in English. His ability on the trumpet is amazing and the live recordings are very sharp.
post #82 of 311
Thanks 3AMRecords,
I am surprised others have not mentioned both Tori Amos and Bjork; both exceptional in different ways.
Thanks for mentioning Nobuo Uematsu, never realised that could be purchased and definitely a few others I will have to check out

Cheers
DT
post #83 of 311
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Originally Posted by garygil View Post

I preferred the XRCD.

Thanks. I have really enjoyed that album over the years. I've been upgrading my surround system and have only recently learned that there are higher resolution options out there for the music. My most recent system addition is an SACD player. I have a couple of discs, but I've just got to have more. Threads like this one have been very helpful in deciding what to look for. I have a feeling I'll end up with both of these too. :-)
post #84 of 311
Fairfield Four (anything)
King Crimson "Three of A Perfect Pair" 30th anniversary
post #85 of 311
Emmylou Harris, Wrecking Ball
Massive Attack, "Protection"
post #86 of 311
August Rush OST and Bliss Quiet Letters
post #87 of 311
Redbook CD: Larry Carlton, "Fingerprints"; Bob Marley, "Legend"

HDCD CD: Jonathan Butler, "Do You Love Me"; "Jonathan"

SACD: Al Jarreau, "All I Got"; Natalie Cole, "Ask a Woman Who Knows"

DVD-A: Seal, "Seal IV"; Sting, "Sacred Love"

Concert DVD: Sade, "Sade Live"; Eagles, "Hell Freezes Over"

Regards.
post #88 of 311
KMFDM - Angst /Sounds phenomenal, "The Problem" is awesome for vocals and deep bass. -original pressing
KMFDM - Light /Great dynamics and deep bass on some mixes -original pressing
>>>Any KMFDM album-single before 1999, unfortunately the rereleased remasters SUCK >:{
Excessive Force - Gentle Death /Several great dynamic songs.
NIN - The Fragile /Specifically "La Mer" and "The Great Below"

Leftfield - Leftfield /Awesome dynamics and sweet bass. -original pressing
Future Sound of London - Lifeforms /Great dynamics and interesting instrumentation.
Brilliant -Vol1-vol4 /Some sweet grooves, nice instrumentation and of course solid bass.
The Best of Metropolitan /Well produced Trance
Tresor Vol2 / A sample of some great German/Detroit Techno

Depeche Mode - Violator/SOFAD -SACDs. /The multichannel is phenomenal, don't care for the remastered CD versions though -too much treble, original pressings are better.
ATB - Two Worlds /Specifically "Love Will Find You" and "Feel You Like a River"
Enya - Watermark/Shepards Moon /Classics need I say more?

Boy tons more.
These I know most have overall fantastic sound engineering and no clipping, over compression, but with great dynamics.

Best Regards
KvE

PS Almost forgot Moby - Play
Oh, Peter Gabriel - Up
Finally, I like BT - Monster OST DTS 5.1
post #89 of 311
to the op, great recordings within your genre...chesky.com
post #90 of 311
The self titled albums on normal CD by :

Rage Against The Machine
Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Both wonderful examples, IMHO, of the state-of-the-art.
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