CDs to take to the loudspeaker store

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by William Bryant, Dec 4, 2019 at 6:50 PM.

  1. William Bryant

    William Bryant Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Meridian, ID
    After 30 years enjoying Vandersteen 2Cs new circumstances are sending me on a loudspeaker quest (details in another thread). In this thread I’m going to list CDs I plan to take with me when shopping for the speakers I will enjoy for the next 30 years. Chime in if you want to add your suggestions.
     
  2. William Bryant

    William Bryant Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Vivaldi Flute Concertos
    Janet See, flute
    Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
    Nicholas McGegan
    Harmonia Mundi
    Peter McGrath, engineer
     
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  3. slovell

    slovell Retired Mudshark

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    Chesnee, SC, USA
    Donald Fagen "The Nightfly"
     
  4. ghost rider

    ghost rider Forum Resident

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    Nearly anything you like and know well.
     
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  5. William Bryant

    William Bryant Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    The organ works of JS Bach
    Jean Guillou, organ
    Vol. 1
    Dorian Recordings
    Craig Dory, engineer
     
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  6. Helom

    Helom I'll take the monkey coffins

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    Take some classics:

    Cannibal Corpse - Bloodthirst

    Insane Clown Posse - Hell's Pit

    Marilyn Manson - Antichrist Superstar
     
  7. William Bryant

    William Bryant Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    JS Bach
    Mass in B minor
    Philippe Herreweghe
    Harmonia Mundi
    Veronique Gens, soprano
     
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  8. cdash99

    cdash99 Forum Resident

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    This.

    Good recording or bad, you have a baseline understanding about how the disc sounds, so you know what to expect and look for when listening.
     
  9. William Bryant

    William Bryant Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I could use “Hacksaw Decapitation” to see if the speakers will be easy to hear while I’m down in the basement revving my chainsaw.
     
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  10. Thoughtships

    Thoughtships Forum Resident

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    Devon, UK
    Pick 5 favourite albums of yours, that you know inside out, then play them.

    Pick the speakers that make those 5 albums sound awesome.

    That'll work.
     
  11. Art K

    Art K Forum Resident

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    That's the answer!
     
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  12. Ken Clark

    Ken Clark Forum Resident

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    Take your favorite music, stuff you listen to most often instead of amazing recordings of music you'll never actually listen to. You'll be happiest with new speakers if you're favorite music sounds good through them. Bring stuff that is well recorded and stuff that is not, as long as you like the music.
     
  13. The Pinhead

    The Pinhead SLEAZY SOUTHAMERICAN CAVEMAN

    Your best AND your worst-recorded and mastered CD.
     
  14. Mike-48

    Mike-48 Forum Resident

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    Portland, Oregon
    Things I use:
    1. Goldberg Variations, P. Hantai, harpsichord (1st version), Opus 111. Most of Hantai's recordings are pretty good and will tell you a lot about HF reproduction. Lacking that, any good harpsichord recording.
    2. Schubert Male Choruses, prefer Orphei Drangar on BIS, also good is Robert Shaw on Telarc. Just beautiful and spacious!
    3. An aria for soprano from an opera you like. I use the Queen of the Night's aria, "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen" (Hell's fury boils in my breast) from Die Zauberflöte. I like the Klemperer version on EMI. The recording is not superb, but the performance is.
    4. A Mozart quartet recording by the Mosaiques Quartet. Old-style instruments, recorded well but without edges smoothed, these are close to a worst case for potential screech from decent recordings.
    5. Some well-recorded organ music, perhaps Michael Murray on Telarc.
    6. Something with oboe, bassoon, clarinet. Are the differences in timbre apparent?
    7. A couple of more arias: one for tenor, one for bass. Maybe an operatic duet or trio. Can you separate the strands?
    8. Something with piano runs. Do any notes stick out or sound overly steely?
    It sounds like you have some of those covered already with your selections.

    I think it's important (as @The Pinhead implied) to include recordings that you like musically but that aren't wonderful sonically. Will you enjoy them on the speakers under test?
     
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  15. Litejazz53

    Litejazz53 Wishing You A Crystal Clear Digital Christmas!

    A handful of Reference Recordings, Blues, Jazz and classical, that's all you need. :whistle:
     
  16. Litejazz53

    Litejazz53 Wishing You A Crystal Clear Digital Christmas!

    Helom, my gosh you forgot one powerful piece of music:

    Walking Corpse- Diminishing Blood Flow
     
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  17. Soundsense

    Soundsense Forum Resident

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    Colorado USA
    Mezzanine-Massive Attack
    Time-Ella Mai
     
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  18. vinylontubes

    vinylontubes Forum Resident

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    I agree with taking you something you know and love. If it sounds better than you recall, you're going in the right direction.
     
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  19. Mrtn77

    Mrtn77 Forum Resident

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    European Union
    When I last demoed speakers, I took the widest spectrum of sounds and music I possibly could : things like Couperin's Concerts Royaux, Alexander von Slippenbach's Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, US Maple, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, Luc Ferrari, things like that. It worked well, and it surprised the salesman.
     
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  20. wolfyboy3

    wolfyboy3 I'm Batman

    My suggestion is to ask the dealer if a usb stick would work. Better than lugging around cds.
     
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  21. Standingstones

    Standingstones Forum Resident

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    Make sure the stores you plan to preview at can play CDs.
     
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  22. lonelysea

    lonelysea Forum Crustacean

    I’ve brought a lot of different stuff over the years but I think I’ve always included this one:

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  23. William Bryant

    William Bryant Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Meridian, ID
    The swinging guitar of Tal Farlow
    Verve 1956
     
  24. William Bryant

    William Bryant Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Meridian, ID
    Homage
    Mozart string quartets dedicated to Haydn
    Alexander Quartet
    Foghorn Classics 2004
     
  25. William Bryant

    William Bryant Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Meridian, ID
    Sonny Rollins
    Saxophone Colossus
    Analogue Productions
    Mastered by Kevin Gray
     
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