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

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  1. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your Host Your Host Thread Starter

    Great song.
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  2. Gregster

    Gregster Forum Resident


    It's been a few months now since I'd acquired my new Yamaha sound-system, & figured that the speakers are well & truly broken-in, since the sound given has improved in warmth considerably. They initially sounded very dry & crisp, with heaps of definition, but lacked body....Anyhow, they sound great now, really warm & mellow with all that definition, but to my surprise, they "do" reveal the "illusion" ( as originally asked ), but not as obviously as my Logitech computer speakers....

    I'm not disappointed at all, but quite surprised at the result, as I would have thought the result the other-way-around...Maybe the Yamaha's need a little more break-in time LOL !

    This is a great test Steve, thanks again for posting so as to allow judgement of our gear, for better or worse !



    PS. The Yamaha system is a run-out model package that was valued at 2.5K ,AUD, consisting of RXV-379 amp, 2 x NS-50F speakers, & a YST-SW216 sub-woofer. I prefer 2.1 listening, & haven't as yet attached the remaining speakers for 5.1 sound, & the amp setting was "straight", with no coloring at all.
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  3. McLover

    McLover Forum Resident

    East TN
    For those who can't find Bing Crosby, Hank Thompson's "Breaking In Another Heart" on Capitol is a really fine midrange purity test. I can hear this effect on my Capitol 45 through my Technics SP-25 setup, with McIntosh MC 2505-2 power amplifier, McIntosh MX 114 tuner/preamplifier driving a pair of "The Advent Loudspeaker". Many of the old Hank Thompson Capitol recordings are great for this test, avoid Duophonic versions.
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  4. Steve Hoffman

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    Saw one of these Bing CD's I mastered for sale for 100 bucks. Hope this isn't some kind of trend.
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  5. Just means it's time to re-release it. You're missing out on the new sales. That is if you own a piece of the action.
  6. Steve Hoffman

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  7. Joy-of-radio

    Joy-of-radio Forum Resident

    Ol' Hank sure had some crackerjack musicians and production staff accompanying him! BTW, with the plethora of HT reissues, I've neither heard nor seen anything come close to the Bear Family CD reissues in terms of SQ and packaging. As good as their offerings sound, I appreciate how BF doesn't attempt to blow smoke of people's asses by plastering "REMASTERED" in big bold letters on their product. They don't have to. I sure would love to have the HT box (the first one BF put out), but I only have the single disc comp that's part of the "Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight" series, which is beyond excellent!

    The song "Breakin' In Another Hearrt" is track #103 on this stunning BF set.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2016
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  8. Steve Hoffman

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    I used "The Bing Test" yesterday when setting up a system for a friend. Amazing what a little speaker placement can do for that magic midrange!
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  9. The Beave

    The Beave My Wife Is My Life!

    Just bought it now for $2.35 on Amazon u s.
    This should be fun. Currently my 'tuning' cd for my system is JohnnyA's Get Inside. Mastered very loud has some delectable bass on some songs and the dynamic range on the Quieter songs allows me to tune my system in. So it will be fun to see what I come up with listening to this tune.
    The beave
  10. Steve Hoffman

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    Stuck by request.
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  11. oxenholme

    oxenholme High Quality Posts™ a speciality

    Is this the one?

  12. The Beave

    The Beave My Wife Is My Life!

    Good Morning Steve.
    It's nice to be stuck on a Friday night.

    Btw Steve, any quick thoughts on why throughout the decades, transferring 78's to modern media has sounded so lousy?
    Hearing a bluesv78 on my modern stereo a few years ago blew my mind how Full itvsounded, compared to the thin, lifeless sound of the same tune on a modern cd.
    The beave
  13. The Beave

    The Beave My Wife Is My Life!

    Sorry for the typos in my posts, I hate these p ads......see it just did it again!
    The beave
  14. Steve Hoffman

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    Transfer engineers are obsessed with removing all surface noise. When they filter, most of the music is filtered as well.
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  15. The Beave

    The Beave My Wife Is My Life!

    Ah, filtering. Thank you for the answer.
    Now go and take on the day!
    The beave
  16. robargebl

    robargebl Forum Resident

    I've had this cd since last september, and love it. Just tried it on my fisher 500c with 1969 wharfedale w60's, and yes I can hear the change in his voice definitely. Good to know I got the midrange magic!
  17. Sigma6

    Sigma6 Forum Resident

    Think I can hear this on my iPhone speaker. Tried it on my main system...nothing...might try playing around with speaker placement.
  18. utzdman55

    utzdman55 Well-Known Member

    This is sadly the truth for now, most metal masters past the early thirties are truly pretty high-ish fidelity just with less frequency range than the tape and mics that came in the late forties. The fact that they weren't treated right and were used too much meant they couldn't maintain that fidelity, hence the noise. The bright side is there are a few CDs out there that take care in using noise reduction techniques, preserving the music instead of destroying it. Most are official remasterings, few exceptions. Thanks for the test Steve.
  19. Cliff

    Cliff Magic Carpet Man

    Northern CA
    I can hear it on my computer speakers - Wharfedale 80th Dentons. I bet my Legacy/Krell combo would really bring it out. But alas, I suck at figuring out digital streaming or hooking up my phone to my main system. :winkgrin:
  20. Steve Hoffman

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    This (and that).
  21. RiRiIII

    RiRiIII Forum Resident

    Athens, Greece
    I just received my cd (it costed 9 euro incl shipping from an seller).

    So, it was greatly audible in my system (Yamaha 2000 amplifier and SACD player) through the speakers (Paradigm Esprit bipolar) as well as the headphones (Sennheiser HD-650) plugged to the amplifier. Also nicely audible from my old Marantz SACD SA-7001 KI (though a Micromega headphone amplifier and the same headphones).

    The best reproduction came from the speakers (magnificent), then from the Marantz/Micromega/Sennheisser and lastly from the Yamaha SACD through headphones.

    Thanks for the tip!

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  22. Steve Hoffman

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    I am glad it worked for you!
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  23. Steve Hoffman

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    That is it.
  24. mpayan

    mpayan Forum Resident

    I can hear it on my skull candy earbuds. And they cost 19 bucks.
  25. mpayan

    mpayan Forum Resident

    Not to be a contrarian here, but just about everyone on this thread can hear the reverb @ 27 seconds. I have cheap earbuds and can hear it.

    What Im getting is that what matters isnt really whether or not a given system can reproduce this to where it sounds very realistic. Like a real person. Simply "hearing" the reverb isnt reflective on the later.

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