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What do you use to demo/audition kit

Discussion in 'Music & Music Streaming Services' started by huwg, Jul 17, 2004.

  1. huwg

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    My apologies if this is a repeated thread, I suspect it is, but anyway....

    When going out to audition a new piece of Hi-fi kit, what music do you use and why?

    does the same apply when demo'ing to your mates?
     
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    Diana Krall - A Night in Paris
    Drum solo on 'devil may care' sounds either 'real' or 'awful'

    Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
    awesome shouty bit on 'perfect' should make you shudder..

    RadioHead - Amnesiac
    'Packt like sardines' tests speaker/amp control like nothing else I know..

    For next time:
    Katie Melua - call off the search
    some of the most powerful vocals I've heard, endless detail too..

    I use all the above for demoing to mates too, but go more for their faves to demonstrate how much better my system is... :devil:
     
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    Ricky Lee Jones early albums !!!! :thumbsup:
    Brilliant production!!
     
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    Cyndi Lauper - first track from 12 deadly sins

    Nirvana - Nevermind tracks 1 & 2

    Sting - If I ever lose my Faith

    They are all distinctive and easy to remember. Cyndi should raise the hairs on the back of your neck, Nirvana should rock and you should be able to here Kurt singing over the top of the guitar on the droney bit (difficult to make out on some equipment). Sting is very brightly produced and can sound really awful on some systems that are very forward.

    But, I never ever have demos at shops. Only ever at home in an enviroment Im familiar with. Several years ago I bought a Naim Nait 3 on the strength of a shop demo, it was switched on from cold (something I now know is not the thing to do with Naims as they sound terrible until they are left on for several hours minimum). But I did buy it and luckily the sound improved after a day, if it had stayed the way it was when it was demoed :rolleyes: :nono: :thumbsdow
     
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    The Dude - Quincy Jones (image placement, bass line detail)
    Period of Transition - Van Morrison (emotion)
    Jupiter (The Planets) – Holst (dynamic range, image placement, timbre)
    Pungent Effulgent - Ozric Tentacles (frequency detail)
    Hallelujah (from the Grace album) – Jeff Bukley (emotion)
    Metal Fatigue – Alan Holdsworth (because I like it)
    Finlandia – Sibelius (grandeur & dynamics)
    Adventures in Radio Land – John Mclaughlin/Mahvishnu (dynamic transient & detail)
    Diamonds & Rust – Joan Baez (for vocal purity)
    Arc of a Diver - Stevie Winwood (you'll understand if you've got good gear)
    Omni Disc – Telarc test LP (for all the above and nothing can come close, this is the ultimate test)

    Many of the above depend on the type of kit, but all are good for speakers. A recognise well (traditionally) recorded classical symphonic selection is however a must have. You should be able to close your eyes and hear each section of the orchestra laid out before you in their correct position, add in tone, timbre, dynamics, detail and you could dispense with all the others.

    Paul
     
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    Interesting selection. Funny you should mention Symphonic pieces, I shall make a new thread.
     
  7. Paul Williams

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    I’ve left out my all time favourite test disc, because so often people just don’t get the point of this recording. But as there aren’t many responses I’m putting it in. It’s Dave Grusin – Mountain Dance, although this is a studio album it was put down on a two track (digital) so is to all intents ‘live mixed’ with no overdubs or remixing. Best on vinyl (I’ve got two copies, the standard pressing [GRP 5010] & a Nimbus remaster) but not bad on CD [GRP-D-9507]. Musicianship is impeccable, sound quality will improve as your system improves, its one of those albums where after many a listening you can find still more to enjoy. The reason it’s often overlooked is the pop/jazz crossover feel which means it’s to easy to just categorise and use as background music. But it can be as though they are playing in the room with you on the right system. :thumbsup:

    Paul
     
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    Dominic Miller and Neil Stacey - New Dawn - Excellent album, very detailed, excellent recording (Naim label)
    Nils Lofgren - Acoustic Live - stunning acoustic album, live recording so can show the background noise levels off
    Dire Straits - Private Investigations - the section in the middle with footsteps can make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end in the right system!
    JJ72 - JJ72 - very screechy vocals so can test how speakers etc handle that
    Massive Attack - Angel - BASS!!!!!
    St Germain - Tourist - Blue note jazz record, remix type thing..... a great variation of sounds (£2.99 from WHSmiths was the best bit!)
    Katie Melua - just cos she has a wonderful voice and some great acoustic tunes
    Beth Orton - Any album really, wonderfully passionate singer
     
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    I bought this after the gig in Teeside a couple of years back. The gig was amazing (I was wondering if an acoustic set would work). Got home, put on the album :eek: I was back at the gig :thumbsup:
     
  10. huwg

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    Some of the last ones I used were:-

    Peggy Lee - Fever. Simple voice, double bass and percussion. Must sound natural.
    Tool - Lateralus. The bass/drum section leading into the first chorus can sound unfocused, confused and just non-musical on some systems. I suppose this is a good test of timing & rhythm.
     
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    I didn't really discover him until about 12 months ago.... so only have the CD for listening. I should imagine the actual gig was phenomenal!

    <jealous>
     
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    Nils Lofgren "Live" album (2cd) check out drum and base solo track 7 I think.

    Your kit needs to be warm, but boy does it sound tight through a good setup :thumbsup:

    Definite demo material!
     
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    The last time I went into a shop to demo some speakers I took:

    The Killers - Hot Fuss
    Radiohead - OK Computer
    Super Furry Animals - Radiator
    Fugazi - End Hits
    Basement Jaxx - Rooty
     

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