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    Posted: 14 Apr 2008 at 12:06pm
No, not the Hi-Fi Sounds Test Records Wink
 
But when you try different pieces of equipment out, which records do you use to listen for improvements?
 
The one I turn to most is " One World One Voice "
 
Virgin  V2632 1990 recording.
 
It was a "chain tape" sent around the world, so is full of different musicians and musical instruments! Interesting trying to identify who is playing what !
 
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Vinyl - Bruce Springsteen 1985 Live Box Set.  "Thunder Road" track.
CD and Vinyl - Natalie Merchant - Tigerlily.
CD - Crash Test Dummies - God Shuffled His Feet
CD and Vinyl - Eagles XRCD - Hell Freezes Over
CD and Vinyl - Tracey Chapman - Tracey Chapman
CD - Elvis Costello - All This Useless Beauty
CD - Kate Rusby - Awkward Annie.
 
If the kit does those well, I'm happy enough.
 
Someone once brought me a Clannad first pressing to clean and we played it afterwards - sounded amazing.  Also, someone brought the Enigma CD with "Sadness Part 1" on it.  Fantastic - even if not my personal choice of tunes.
 
What else does it for you guys?
 
 
 
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A few that cmes insitu are:

1)   Sekou (Vital sames as VTL tube amps)

2)   Phil Collins - Face Value

3)   Sonny Rollin - Saxophone Callosus

4)   Sade - Diamond Life

5)   John Makovich (Sheffield Records)

6)   Sheffield Drum Record



I better stop here as beginning to be endless now ............
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Vinyl - Josef Krips & LSO Beethoven 7th, great range of instrumental timbre, dynamics, lots of crescendos, great test of arm and cartridge matching, tracking and virtually everything else.
Dire Straits - Love over Gold, Telegraph Road.
Others vary depending on what I think I am hearing/not hearing.
CD Eva Cassidy, Bridge over Troubled Water or almost any of Live at Blues Alley.
Diana Krall - Temptation, Prodigy - Fat of the Land, others as vinyl.

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Personally, I often choose the following:

Depeche Mode - Ultra (remastered CD and SACD versions): great warmth, full sound, with deep but not boomy bass extension

Depeche Mode - Violator (remastered CD and SACD versions): quite different from above, definitely more sparse and electronic, very clean

Mark Knopfler - Shangri La (SACD version): great crystal clear guitar work

Opeth - Ghost Reveries (CD): an aggressive and "noisy" album, but if the equipment is fine it still is intelligible and very detailed and layered

Metallica - Metallica (CD): the boomy attack with pedal drums on Enter Sandman sure is a test for measuring the punchiness and tightness of bass

Prodigy - Fat of the land (CD): a benchmark in deep and aggressive sounds

Nick Cave - almost anything in his post-"The Good Son" discography, perfect test for vocals

R.E.M. - one of the first very jangly records will do

Dream Theater - Scenes from a memory: a majestic sounding album if there ever was one...

Blade Runner soundtrack

Casino Royale soundtrack



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I actually use all kind of music at different times. However when I am comparing two products I use the same song over and over. By the time I am through I may have heard the same song 20 times.
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I listen to a lot of music, but the reference recordings which I usually listen to first when evaluating speaker setups (and now headphones) are:

Verdi - Rigoletto - Decca B0000041Q2 with Pavarotti, Milnes and Joan Sutherland
Depeche Mode - Violator (remastered)
Dream Theater - Awake, A Change Of Seasons (I love the production of these two albums)
Al Di Meola - Elegant Gipsy
Marcus Miller - The Sun Don't Lie (great bass player, very good production)
Death - The Sound Of Perseverance
Weather Report - Black Market


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