Music to show off your system

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by horribleman, Nov 3, 2005.

  1. horribleman

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    I was just thinking (apologies if this is posted before, but I did a search) that it would be a good idea for people to post CDs that they use to test their systems. We could also categorise it by genre so that fans of certain genres might a) discover some new music and b) have some material to test the sound they are getting out their system.

    It might also be a good idea to describe a little why you would use this as a test and what it shows up in your setup.

    I could nominate:

    Tool - Lateralus.

    I'd use this CD to test a Rock/Metal music style.

    This CD has a really big production. There's always a lot going on in terms of rhythms, and the band are incredibly tight. I think this shows up the control your system has of bass.

    There's also a lot of dynamic range too - quiet passages that suddenly give way to a reallly heavy riff or rhythm - shows up how your system deals with dynamics.


    A Perfect Circle.

    Indie rock CD with a very delicate production. You should notice layers of guitars and vocals and very low bass.

    This CD also will show up systems that are too bright at the high end as there is a lot of upper range melodies and very persistent hi hat and cymbal use.

    The drumming on this album is also really tight and controlled, and very crisply presented.


    Sorry if this is a bad idea!
     
  2. Mark F

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    Excellent idea :thumbsup:. I'll kick off with two:

    - Nirvana, Nevermind: really tests a system's dynamics and timing. If your feet aren't tapping and you don't have a big grin on your face there's something wrong with the system.

    - Chris Isaac, Wicked Game: (I know, this is a track and not an album). IMHO, a cracking test of vocals and detail. On a good system you'll be completely immersed.
     
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    A bit girlie I know but Eva Cassidy - Songbird is a test of a good system.
     
  4. Peter Baker

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    Currently listening to Cesaria Evora/ Voz D'amor, great piano sound, plus various woodwind instruments and lovely creamy vocals.
     
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    I know this is an Old one but Pink Floyd "The Wall" does it for me :thumbsup: still a great album.
     
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    Hi,

    Dont know if its still available but 'worried Spirits' by Rainer (Demon records) is a fantastic acoustic album. one man and a steel guitar!!! :thumbsup:

    Try 'Anne peebles' for some amazing Soul :cool:

    Underworld 'Dubnobasswithmyheadman' for some old time dance music :eek:
     
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    Incubus - Are you In

    Really crystal clear track, drum fills cross from left to right, sound awesome on a good system.
     
  8. harv

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    Dunno if this counts as cheating but Tag Mclaren test CD, good mix of styles and excellent production. Bill Withers "lovely day ", Squarepusher "Iambic 5 poetry", Omni Trio "higher ground" and Mira Calix "upyiano" are favourite test tracks
     
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    Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits & Hell freezes over(dts) the Eagles both do it for me
     
  10. huwg

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    There's been a few threads in a similar vein to this one. - Probably best in the Source Material/Music forum, but anyway....

    Are we looking for music to show off your system (impress your mates), or music used to audition hi-fi; to me there is a subtle difference.

    To show it off, I often use well known stuff that they'll appreciate.........

    Once in a Lifetime (the best of Talking Heads)

    If you want very punchy and beautifully recorded music this will do it, there is one track (Slippery People) that has the most amazingly loud thwack of a drum.

    Also
    REM - Automatic for the People
    Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti (remasterd, cd 1)
     
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    To show it off? Anything.
    To test?
    John Williams - The ultimate Guitar collection
    Vanessa May - Storm
    Tchaikovsky - Sleeping Beauty
    Pink Floyd - The Wall
    Eels - Daisys of the Galaxy
     
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    Rage Against The Machine - First album

    Chilli Peppers - Blood Sugar...

    Lemonheads - Shame About Ray

    For Those About To Rock by AC/DC is always fun too!
     
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    Kraftwerk - Radioactivity
     
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    Tom McRae - 1st album - spine tingling
    Bowie - Aladdin Sane - guitar riffs you can chew
    Mercury Rev - most recent album - very tuneful bass
     
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    Squarepusher - "Go Plastic"
    Aphex Twin - "Drukqs"
    Co Fusion - "Co Fu2"
    Boredoms - "Rebore vol 3"

    These albums are system wreckers. You will soon found out how together your system is when you play those. :D

    Bob Dylan - "Freewheelin' Bob Dylan"
    Grant Lee Buffalo - "Fuzzy"
    Emiliana Torrini - "Fishermans Woman"
    Goldfrapp - "Felt Mountain"

    Good for showing off acoustic/vocal.


    Ladytron - "Light and Magic"
    Miss Kittin and Goldenboy - "Or"
    Miss Kittin - "I Com"
    Two Lone Swordsmen - "Tiny Reminders"

    Good for showing off electronica.

    Kyuss - "Blues For The Red Sun"
    Motorhead - "Ace of Spades/Bomber"
    Mindfunk - "People That Fell From The Sky"
    Sepultura - "Roots"

    Good for showing off metal type stuff.

    Don't know what any of this sounds like on CD though, I only really use vinyl. Guess it would be fine.
     
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    Endtroducing by DJ Shadow
    OK Computer
    Troublegum by Therapy
    Dummy by Portishead
     
  17. Devil On Your S

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    "Now Here Is Nowhere by the Secret Machines. Full of different guitar sounds, very space rock. Heavy bass.

    "Blueberry Boat" by the Fiery Furnaces. Loads of lovely sounds, tons of piano as well. Sounds wonderfully sweet on my system.
     
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    TALK TALK - The Colour of Spring

    and

    Dire Straits - Love over Gold
     
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    Pat Metheny...Beyond the Missouri Sky

    beautifully clear acoustic and synth guitar work on this,plus acoustic bass deep enough to trouble many amp/speaker combinations.

    Keith Jarrett...Up For It

    Another superb recording of one of the finest jazz pianists around,and very revealing of any system shortcomings

    Steely Dan....Two Against Nature

    Just a beautiful recording with no obvious defects

    Neil Schon....I on U

    As above,plus very clear and detailed recording with excellent bass depth/control.

    Plenty I could add,but these do very nicely to find a systems faults for me.
     
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    Hmmm - I tend now to do the opposite - I pick those CDs which are all thrashy, bright and generally hard work to listen to at high levels.

    For example anything recorded by Jesus Jones - ever. If I scatter cushions everywhere (room treatment coming) I can now listen to Doubt but still can't listen to Liquidiser.

    :eek:)
     

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