What CD or Vinyl will you use to impress your guest.

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by thomaskong, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. thomaskong

    thomaskong Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Washington State


    If your system give wide and deep soundstage, then this CD will impress your guest.

    My system give holographic image of the first track.

    Horses are moving around.

    Also my system show excellent dynamics of Gun shot at Track 7.

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  2. Cyclone Ranger

    Cyclone Ranger New old stock

    Best Coast USA
    Don't 90% of ppl just use DSOTM or Dire Straits?
  3. eric777

    eric777 The Duke Of TN - A Number 1

    No one I know would be impressed regardless what I played.
  4. vinylontubes

    vinylontubes Forum Resident

    Katy, TX
    I don't invite people over to impress them. Mostly they just eat my food and drink my beer. I do let my guest pick if they want to. I'm not Dale Carnegie.
  5. Mmmark

    Mmmark Forum Resident

    I get people to impress ME! They usually put on some hipster soufflé and I get up and grab a beer and tell them to let me know when they find what they're looking for :)

    Seriously though, Folk Singer is a pretty good demo record. It sounds amazing even on average systems. Bahamas Earthtones is equally impressive, albeit less known. Both have the advantage of actually being absolutely stellar albums in their own right.
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  6. brushwg

    brushwg Well-Known Member

  7. Marshall_SLX

    Marshall_SLX Rega P9 #1 Fan

    Without a doubt my greatest impressing guests track if you have a solid system is "Post Toastee" by Tommy Bolin from his solo album Private Eyes
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  8. dconsmack

    dconsmack Forum Resident

    Las Vegas, NV USA
    Led Zeppelin II (RL cut)
    Rage Against The Machine (RL cut)
    Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (45rpm SH cut)
    Van Halen (SH cut)
    The White Stripes - Icky Thump (SH cut)
    Neil Young - Harvest (2009 cut)
    Red Hot Chili Pepoers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik (2015 hi-res download)
    -the usual.
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  9. Optimize

    Optimize Forum Resident

    Little bit depending on who it is that I am playing for or what I am trying to achieve.

    Like if it is some young uninterested individual. And as a old fart I doing the whole procedure of taking out a vinyl.
    Then it is fun to put on something new that the kids recognise. Like Adele, Ed Sheeran, Avichi and so on. Or little bit sneaky when it is as background music (have the stereo in the living room and not everyone is interested) playing old stuff on the TT and then switch to something new. Then I get "that is ***!" :D

    Or if you want to point out and get a discussion about analog/digital and real instruments/synthesizers and so on.
    I can use "the Barbra Streisand album" from 1963 ( CS 8807 ). That had a budget of 18000$ then. And recorded with a whole orchestral setup. I have the first stereo pressing (the CD sounds fine to). Her voice is as good it can get no matter when recorded or what format you prefer. So it is fun to see theirs reactions. :D

    There are older audiofiles (that has obanded TT and moved on, many years ago) That have got sad when they hear the sound quality of very few late 50/60-ties recordings. Like Barbara or TBM (three blind mice) with 45 rpm. And they realise that "why did I put up with the SQ of deep purple and others in my youth" when I now hear evidence that SQ wise that they clearly had the teknologi to make the recordings sound better. Than I had to put up with in the 70-ties.. :)

    Then there are "keith don't go" Nils Löfgren the version from "Acustic Live" album (sound engineer had a good day at work that day
    EAN: 0820761101422).
    Easier for non audiofiles there is one voice and a guitar. With the great recorded reverberation and Nils more advanced and energy fild guitar playing. ;)

    Or as more educational is Mike Valentine's recording (val 007) of a cello in a church with specific microphones ridged to capture the piece.
    Then they go out in the grave yard and use the exact the same setup. It is a great show case of with or without the reverberation of the room (point of discussion). ;)

    As seen I want to move emotions by moving trough time, like suddenly play something from their childhood that they didn't was expecting to hear when they woke up that day, just for fun. :D

    The DSOTM is in my opinion SQ wise little bit dated (have a early pressing of that to) and it is arranged music (if you know what I mean). It is and was light years ahead of the music from that time. But today it is more of nostalgia than SQ. That is good to if that is the intention in my opinion. :)

    I also play "private Investigations" on HDCD (vertigo 558658-2). I have measured higher dynamic range on this record than other CDs with the same track/s. So that track is all about DR and why not use the pressing that has the most of that. And after a vinyl session some CD playing will showcase how good the system really is.. :eek:

    That said even if I love my vinyl and sometimes I don't know why I listening to them (yes I have a bunch of reasons but it is of topic) :cheers:
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  10. tmsorosk

    tmsorosk MORE MUSIC PLEASE

    Alberta Canada
    Yello - is a good way to hi-light a systems strengths and get folks asking " what is this".
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  11. spartree

    spartree Forum Resident

    Depends on the audience and my mood. Some options include:

    Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
    Radiohead - Kid A
    Real Estate - Atlas
    The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

    Nicholas Jaar - Space is Only Noise
    Jon Hopkins - Singularity
    Com Truise - Iteration
    Mount Kimbie - Maybes EP
    Massive Attack - 100th Window
    Boards of Canada - pretty much any of their albums

    Neil Young - Live at Massey Hall 1971
    Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams
    Andy McKee - Art of Motion
    Pat Metheny - One Quiet Night

    Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
    Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto - Getz/Gilberto
    Sera Una Noche - La Segunda
    Sera Una Noche - Sera Una Noche EP

    Vincent Belanger - Pure Cello

    And of course, Nils Lofgren’s live version of Kieth Don’t Go is always an impressive showcase. As is Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Tin Pan Alley. If I only had 30 seconds to impress someone, either of those tracks would do it.
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  12. myself

    myself Active Member

    Hong kong
    I use piano solo cd. I turned on the CD before friends come to my home. After they entered the door, some might ask who’s playing the piano. I like to use Arthur Rubinstein ‘the Chopin I love’ Blue Spec CD(BVCC 20030) staring from the second track.

    If I know they like music, I usually ask them to bring their own CD and play on my system.
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  13. Tim Lookingbill

    Tim Lookingbill Alfalfa Male

    New Braunfels, TX
    The mid '90's four track tape digital remix and mastering of Nancy Wilson's "Lush Life" album on CD.
    If she doesn't sound like she's in the room with you on your system, you'll need at least a Bass/Treble EQ adjust, then crank it up to desire...

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  14. Hab

    Hab Forum Resident

    Napalm Death, but then I don't really like having guests
  15. Leonthepro

    Leonthepro Skeptically Optimistic Autodidact Debater

    Uppsala Sweden
    WYWH actually ;^)
  16. Madison Mike

    Madison Mike Well-Known Member

    Charlie Brown Christmas, Kevin Gray cut for Analogue Productions.
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  17. Leonthepro

    Leonthepro Skeptically Optimistic Autodidact Debater

    Uppsala Sweden
    For real though, I usually ask what they want to hear, not what I want.
  18. Brando4905

    Brando4905 Forum Resident

    Marion, NC
    Can’t believe Gaucho or Aja hasn’t been mentioned yet. I’m not much for trying to impress others, but the Gaucho Japan SACD is what I reach for first if there is any kind of system change or demoing a piece of gear.
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  19. Brother_Rael

    Brother_Rael Forum Resident

    Scottish Borders
    Joni Mitchell - Night Ride Home
    Yes - The Yes Album
    Julie Feeney - Pages
    Genesis - Trick of the Tail
    Ray Charles - The Great Ray Charles

    All original redbook CD.
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  20. allied333

    allied333 TUBE AMPLIFIER REBUILDER - inquire

    Very well mastered vinyl. Al B. Sure Nite and Day.
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  21. ChrisR2060

    ChrisR2060 Well-Known Member

    Charlotte, NC
    Dave brubeck take 5.
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  22. Brando4905

    Brando4905 Forum Resident

    Marion, NC
    One I forgot about that was just pulled out for my Sunday morning vinyl ritual is, the Mofi Alison Krauss, “So Long, So Wrong”. Stunning.
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  23. avanti1960

    avanti1960 Forum Resident

    Chicago metro, USA
    fagan nightfly.
  24. Dhreview16

    Dhreview16 Forum Resident

    London UK
    Yep. Telegraph Road, Dire Straits. One Step MOFI Nightfly (or just an original).
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  25. nosliw

    nosliw Azunyan! にゃーーー!

    Ottawa, ON, Canada
    Which album, Scum or Utopia Banished? ;)

    If I have any guests that come to my place, I've got a selection of albums that I can demo for people, especially those who need a point-of-reference with respect to how good records can really sound.

    Here's some in my collection that I'd use:

    -Any of my Music Matters Jazz pressings (John Coltrane's Blue Train, Kenny Burrell's Midnight Blue, or Sonny Clark's Cool Struttin')

    -My Slayer and Metallica 45RPM DMM cuts

    -New Order - Low-Life and Blue Monday 12" single

    -Prodigy - The Fat of The Land (double LP edition)

    -Vangelis - Blade Runner soundtrack (Audio Fidelity LP)

    -Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
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