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    Janis Ian - Breaking Silence ... great recording and some great tracks! (Walking on Sacred Ground; and; This House)

    Fairfield Four - Standing in the Safety Zone - Great acapella band - somewhat like Blind Boys of Alabama but better recorded

    Dwight Yokum - Beunos Noches from a Lonely Room - Try Streets of Bakersfield w/Buck Owens ... (let that mandolin tear yer head right off!)

    David Sylvian - Secrets of the Beehive - Orpheus (w/Mark Isham on Flugelhorn ...!) or "When the Poets dreamed of Angels .."

    Boz Scaggs - Dig (Thanks to you) ... There is a bass doubler at play that will push yer woofers)

    King Crimson Project - A Scarcity of Miracles (the title track has a nice mix of instruments and vocals ... work it!)

    Its a start ...


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    On most systems I work on, I tend to use acoustic music. The Ramones and AC/DC might "RAWK" but with the distorted electric guitars you might not know if you have problems or not.

    Allison Krauss & Union Station had some great SACDs that I use.
    Also the last track from "Sketches of Spain" by Miles Davis is astounding. I think God himself uses that one.
    Martina McBride's "If I Had Your Name" is very good too, especially if there are subwoofers in the system.
    Dolly Parton's "Grass Is Blue" is another keeper (Grammy winner).

    Too many times I see guys using iPods for playback at demo's. Wrong on so many levels. I also kill anyone attempting to play Steely Dan.

    There are some good rack mount Denon & Tascam CD players so there is really no excuse for not bring a good hi-fi source to the sites.
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    "We dont need no stinking music"http://www.audioheritage.org/vbulletin/images/smilies

    since Ive been buying used,Ive run across sellers that dont want their speaker cranked up ,for that reason I never used music the test a speaker,I use to use the Shure test record,then the denon test cd.now I carry my ipod with test tones/freq swepts recorded in 20bit/48kHz wave format.this way I can give the speaker a real good going over before a drop any coin on a vintage speaker.

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    My personal list of tracks that I use to test speakers:

    Allan Taylor - Colour to the moon / House by the river / A road too long
    Chris Jones - No sanctuary here / God moves on water
    Diana Krall - Temptation / Stop this world
    Dire straits - Brothers in arms / Ride across the river
    Steve Ray Vaughan - Tin pan alley
    Janis Ian - Breaking silence
    Sophie Zelmani - How it feels
    London Grammar - Hey now (very low bass)
    The XX - Reunion (again, very low bass)

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    1. Flight Facilities "Crave" Try the Cassian and Graz remixes. Keep women, small children and pets far away when you crank this one up! "Slam" defined on big JBLs.
    2. Rimsky-Korsikov "The Snow Maiden" From the HD Tracks 2013 Sampler.
    3. Bob Dylan "Blowin in the Wind" I have the SACD, but even the 320 MP# sounds damn good.
    4. Chet Atkins "Teen Scene" The whole album sounds perfect to me, vinyl or digital. I real reference standard IMO.

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    I like movie soundtracks.

    You want slam ? Try the ST from "V for Vendetta"
    or the low creaky tones from "Crimson Tide"

    the ST from "Gladiator" sent my old Ohm Walsh 2XO's
    into thermal shutdown. Took 45 minutes for them to recover.
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    I have never liked CW music, but this gal blows me away:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWnfIVWg0yo

    Her entire debut CD is great.

    Also for speaker performance evaluation try Mannheim Steamroller's offerings such as Fresh Aire III.

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    Last week I upgraded a system at a club and I asked the owner to put on some music like their DJ's normally play. He plugged in his cell phone, dialed up Pandora and it sounded horrid. He said there wasn't any bass nor enough midrange.

    I went over and plugged in my cd player, put on "Brutal" by Black Uhuru and the room exploded in chest thumping high fidelity...

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    CW music .. Check out the latest Country Music Festival!

    Quote Originally Posted by sonofagun View Post
    I have never liked CW music, but this gal blows me away:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWnfIVWg0yo

    Her entire debut CD is great.

    Also for speaker performance evaluation try Mannheim Steamroller's offerings such as Fresh Aire III.

    2 weeks ago was the Country Music Festival from Nashville on ABC 40? Wow .. what a production!
    Excellent audio and video and it rocked!

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    I always thought Zenyatta Mondatta by the Police was a good album to test speakers. The music is well produced, not overly produced. It has a lot of space with not too many overdubs, allowing all three musicians to breathe. Andy Summers' rhythm guitar compliments the bass and drums of Sting and Copeland really well. Plus, Sting plays different basses inlcuding fretless and what they used to call the Erectric, an upright bass amplified but with the body removed to get that warm tone; Sting's bass lines are perfect for quality JBL speakers.

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    Thanks Odd, it's a fun listen so far

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    When I visited my son in Chicago last summer , he played the LP of Bob Dylan's MODERN TIMES on vinyl to show off his reunited L100's .... very impressive recording.

    I got home and found the CD at the lib ...it's NOT what you expect from BD. The sonics are outstanding.
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    Leftfield/Bambaataa - Afrika Shox

    from the movie "Vanilla Sky"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi0erY0WG6A
    STRANGE ....is the new NORMAL

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