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

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

  1. luckybaer

    luckybaer Thinks The Devil actually beat Johnny

    I'd use this to show off SACD:

    For vinyl, I'd use this:

    For Redbook CD, I'd go with this:

    For HDCD/Audiophile/Redbook CD:

    And, to close the session, for "audiophile vinyl"...
  2. thomaskong

    thomaskong Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Washington State
    You have got a nice bunch of source.

    This thread is not about CD vs Vinyl.
  3. George P

    George P Forum Resident

    Last time I had a chance to play something to impress I guest, I played them Babylon Sisters, by Steely Dan from Gaucho, early Japan for USA, CSR hub.
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  4. Heavy Music

    Heavy Music Forum Resident

    South Florida
    Supertramp - Crime of the Century

  5. Optimize

    Optimize Forum Resident

    Thanks, sorry if I made that impression.
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  6. Guitarded

    Guitarded Forum Resident

    Music Matters, AP, IMPEX, CISCO or Intervention.

    There will be something in there for any/everyone.
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  7. frcnorth

    frcnorth Well-Known Member

    Reno, Nevada
    The first time I had ever experienced a system/speaker demo, it was with Aja. Blew me away.

    I'll use certain concert DVD's to demo my system. Roxy Music Live at the Apollo or either of the Porcupine concert DVD's does the trick.
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  8. frcnorth

    frcnorth Well-Known Member

    Reno, Nevada
    *Porcupine Tree it should have said.
  9. Stefan Sigurdsson

    Stefan Sigurdsson Forum Resident

    You've got pretty impressive digital front-end.
  10. DrZhivago

    DrZhivago Hedonist

    Adelaide Australia
    Interesting list.
    Just curious as to why "100th Window" is on your list?
    I could only listen to that album as a backdrop to watching industrial chimneys on a cold and rainy day. Its more for "What do you play to depress your guests" type thread ;)
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  11. Chris C

    Chris C Music was my first love and it will be my last!

    I absolutely can't wait to play the following for my friend who LOVES the sound of "Digital '80's" recordings on his Vandersteen 1's or 2's and watch his jaw hit the frickin' floor, when he hears this. Although the following recording is not from the '80's it has a very '80's digital sound and this, in my opinion, is how good "digital" can sound if in the right hands, as opposed to some damn Duran Duran or crappy Phil Collins album sounds.

    Turn it up and have fun ...

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  12. Dellarigg

    Dellarigg Forum Resident

    Heh - Communique by Dire Straits is probably my best sounding piece of vinyl. Only paid £3 for it, too.
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  13. bluesky

    bluesky Forum Resident

    south florida, usa
    I don't impress.

    I don't play games.

    Never have, never will.
  14. rebellovw

    rebellovw Forum Resident

    Yep - definitely! -like I'm going to play Dianna Kral to my football brain - beer drinking buddies (not to mention - I don't have any of her albums).
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  15. dsf

    dsf Well-Known Member

    Dave Brubeck Take 5
    Van Morrison Moondance
    Santana Europa
    Joni Mitchel Carrie
  16. thomaskong

    thomaskong Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Washington State
    Guest would be impressed with beautiful jackets.

    Of course, I guess they will sound good.
  17. Rukiki

    Rukiki Forum Resident

    Madrid, Spain
    I let the guy choose the music. Most people I know do not care about Avalon or Gaucho. And even find the music boring.

    A good hifi system in a good sounding room will impress anybody profane to the audiophile world.

    Even if they listen to a lo-fi norwegian black metal demo, or a cd of Death Magnetic by Metallica.

    Just sit them on the sweet-spot and turn up the volume :righton:
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  18. Jeff Kent

    Jeff Kent Forum Resident

    Mt. Kisco, NY
    Usually it's just family coming over and I won't bother trying to impress them. I used to put on Japanese Blue Note CDs for my father in law who's a Jazz musician. But he argued that he wasn't capable of listening to music for pleasure, only to study.
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  19. Tim Irvine

    Tim Irvine Forum Resident

    Austin, Texas
    To show sound stage, detail, etc. I often go to Diana Krall, probably Live in Paris. To show them how it handles orchestral music Pictures at an Exhibition or Mahler’s fourth. To give them an OMG rock and roll experience I like Combination of the Two off of Cheap Thrills.
  20. Josquin des Prez

    Josquin des Prez Forum Resident

    Midwest USA
    No one comes over to be impressed by my system. I don't invite people over to impress them with my system. We're together to enjoy each other's company and play whatever music that makes it more enjoyable.
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  21. Bingo Bongo

    Bingo Bongo Music gives me Eargasms

    Ya, I tried a comparison of the DSOTM CD vs the LP. Blew out both my woofers.... Heard a quick couple of thumps and saw a red circles flash through the grills and it was all over. I believe it was the CD that did it.
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  22. SirMarc

    SirMarc Forum Resident

    Man, you are so cool!
  23. thomaskong

    thomaskong Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Washington State
    I think you are offering balanced selections.
  24. luckybaer

    luckybaer Thinks The Devil actually beat Johnny

    Oh, they'll sound good for sure.
  25. thomaskong

    thomaskong Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Washington State
    Even if you let guest select the music, you may offer some choices to select.

    You can not have all the source they want unless you use online source like Tidal.
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