SH Spotlight Test the midrange purity of your system and/or your computer speakers using Bing Crosby!

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. Chiliarches

    Chiliarches Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Chicago Suburbs
    I have heard this somewhat on every system I have tried - Schiit Fulla 2 through earbuds and a set of cans, iPhone speaker, Cornwalls powered by my Yamaha A-S2000, and Paradigm mini-monitors on my desk powered by a Kenwood power amp with the Schiit Fulla 2 as the preamp...

    Desk setup was probably the best.

    In no case was it something that would have "jumped out" at me as highly unusual, but I was able to hear it - slight reverb, especially on the word "feeling."

    Probably not good enough?
     
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  3. RayistaGeoff

    RayistaGeoff Forum Resident

    Funny. I hear it most strongly on the word "by", where the reverb becomes really noticeable for a second. Don't so much notice it on other parts of the phrase. (This is from the CD, on my Chord Mojo through to my old AKG K240 Studios.)
     
  4. Chiliarches

    Chiliarches Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Chicago Suburbs
    The word “by” probably has the most VOLUME/“bloom”, but I don’t hear it clearly as reverb until word “feeling”, I think because “feeling” is at the end of the phrase and I hear the reverb trail off for a brief moment...
     
  5. Larsen

    Larsen Forum Resident

    Location:
    Bergen, Norway
    Ordered this compilation after reading this thread. Great collection! Too bad there aren't any credits in the booklet. I'd like to know who's playing the trumpet on (You Know It All) Smarty.

    Added information and scanned images to the Discogs entry: Bing Crosby - Bing Crosby Sings Again

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    If you look at the booklet images, I guess that those are the recording dates mentioned. What's the catalog number provided for each song?

    The price is a bit up since the original post. I spent $10 on a VG+/NM copy.
     
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  6. RobCos02330

    RobCos02330 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Mass
    This set is wonderful-especially at midnight. Started with You Are Too Beautiful. Closed my eyes in the darkened room and heard the “bloom”/reverb sound. Wonderful. I’ll bet you had fun putting this one together. And thanks for the heads up. I’ll keep this disc handy as I play with future equipment upgrades/changes.
     
  7. illinoisteve

    illinoisteve Forum Resident

    As the Decca label says, the Cowhand song is from the Crosby movie "Rhythm On the Range." Anyone who watches the movie (used and perhaps some new DVD & VHS copies are out there) is treated to a much longer version of the song, performed by Bing and other ranch characters around a campfire -- including a trumpet solo by a very young and skinny Louis Prima!
     
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  8. CraigVC

    CraigVC Forum Resident

    Location:
    Portland, OR
    I got lucky today and found this Bing Crosby Sings Again disc at a thrift store for $2. Even still had the vintage, smooth-sided jewel case. (Picked up several mint-condition mid-80s RCAs made-in-Japan as well - Rick Springfield, Bruce Hornsby, etc. - $2 each.)

    Anyway, it's a bit late now to play this disc on my systems to listen for the 0:27 midrange test, but I'm looking forward to trying it out tomorrow!

    Craig.
     
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  9. CraigVC

    CraigVC Forum Resident

    Location:
    Portland, OR
    I gave it a good listen, and while the echo effect is more audible when I turn it up louder, it's still as not dramatic an effect as I was expecting. So far I've only listened to this on one of my two systems, but it's the one that is actually more tonally pleasing to my ears, so I'm not expecting any better result on my other system.

    So my conclusion is that I have some clear potential for future upgrade benefits. This is something I can aim for in future years.

    I wish I could afford
    to get the locally-available used McIntosh MC 2205 to insert into that same system. I'd start by relegating my Denon AVR-3801 to pre-amp duties, by enlisting the MC 2205 as the amplifier driving the Elac Debut B6 speakers. I also suspect that my Monster cable speakers wires are contributing to the lack of midrange magic in my preferred system (I have a pair of Grover speaker wires but they're too short for this system, so I have them in my other system). I bet spending around $2k on McIntosh MC 2205 and better speaker wires would get this system closer to midrange magic. ... And if not, I'd probably think about replacing those Elac speakers next. Or retiring my Denon receiver and getting a dedicated pre-amp. Because our hobby never ends. :)

    Thank you, Steve, for sharing this easy demo disc example with us, as a way to quickly see how our system(s) performs in the midrange band.

    Craig.
     

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