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
    This is a good recording.

    But to play it well, you must have nice system.
  2. Johnny Wong

    Johnny Wong Forum Resident

    Milwaukee, WI
    Mad Season- Above
  3. Gramps Tom

    Gramps Tom Forum Resident

    Warm Ways-Fleetwood Mac
    Songbird-Eva Cassidy
    Aerial Boundaries-Michael Hedges
    Meet Me In The Morning-Dylan
    Last Kiss-Joe Bonamassa (Tour de Force)

    Vox Humana-Gary Burton Quintet
    Out and In-Moody Blues
    Amelia-Joni Mitchell
    Daughter of the Sea-Doobie Brothers (MFSL gold cd)
    Just Another Fall-Dave Stewart/Diane Birch

    Darling Pretty-Mark Knopfler
    If This is Goodbye-Emmylou Harris/Mark Knopfler
    Runaway Train-Rosanne Cash
    Mr. Tambourine Man-The Byrds
    Learning to Fly-Tom Petty/Heartbreakers

    You Wreck Me-Tom Petty
    Mystery Girl-Roy Orbison
    Waiting in Vain-Annie Lennox
    River Quay-Pat Metheny
    When Tomorrow Comes-Eurythmics
  4. Bob_in_OKC

    Bob_in_OKC Forum Resident

    Dallas, Texas
    For What It’s Worth
  5. AidanB

    AidanB Forum Resident

    Indiana, USA
    Trick of the Tail, 1st UK Press
    Relayer, Steven Wilson Vinyl
    Emerson Lake and Palmer, UK Pink Islamd A1U/B1U

    My system won’t impress any audiophiles probably, but it sounds very good for the price, and makes people’s ears perk up to some degree.
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  6. thomaskong

    thomaskong Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Washington State
    Eva Cassidy's Songbird is one of my demonstration CD.

    Her voice is mesmerizing in my system due to the combination of plasma tweeter and SET amplifier.
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  7. seastman

    seastman Well-Known Member

    INXS - Dekadance EP (1983 US - ATCO 90115-1-A)

    One of the best sounding records in my entire collection.
    Guests or not, I put it on just to impress myself.
  8. bhazen

    bhazen Infinitely Baffled

    Newcastle, WA
    These days it probably wouldn't occur to me to try and 'impress' a visitor. Not least because my system wasn't designed to impress; rather, to provide me with clean, accurate and non-fatiguing music playback at volumes that won't disturb my adjacent neighbors. Nonetheless I'd be pleased to play them whatever music they fancied hearing, because the end result would be pretty pleasing regardless (and reasonably faithful to the source.)
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2019
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  9. siebrand

    siebrand Forum Resident

    sacd (no Hybrid)

    really a disk to die for.
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  10. Vignus

    Vignus Digital Vinylist

    I know that when I wanted to get rid of my guests I would play 23 Skidoo. It almost always worked
  11. siebrand

    siebrand Forum Resident

    you can assure yourself ... it sounds really impressive
  12. spartree

    spartree Forum Resident

    It’s one of my favourite albums and I have friends who also really like it. The album is quite full range, presents impressive soundscapes and has great female vocals. I don’t think I’d play it for dinner guests though.
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  13. Ezd

    Ezd Forum Resident

    I think the topic is more relevant to the music forum and probably should have been posted there instead of the audio hardware forum.
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  14. SandAndGlass

    SandAndGlass Twilight Forum Resident

    Two things about D.S.O.T.M.

    1) I have an original album that is in pristine condition and the SQ is on par with any of the other albums or newer pressings of other music.

    2) It is good to play music that someone is familiar with and would appreciate.

    I don't ever see it as impressing anyone with my system as much as it is to introduce them to what a quality stereo system can sound like.

    Most people that were my guests are only used to listening to stereo's like they sell in the big box stores and have never experienced that SQ of a quality system.

    This is, of course in addition to good food, drink and conversation.
  15. Tim Irvine

    Tim Irvine Forum Resident

    Austin, Texas
    I totally agree that isn’t so much about impressing people as it is about educating them about the possibility of enjoying home music that far surpasses what they have been experiencing. In this day and age there are far too many households of my age (you’d say old) that are listening to Alexa and think it sounds just fine. More likely they think a sound bar on a very large TV answers their needs. Younger listeners try a little harder but they’ve grown up in such a digital world they think of a streaming service on their phone and some high quality ear buds as the place to go to listen to music. They are my target audience since they seem to like listening to music.
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  16. TerpStation

    TerpStation "Music's not for everyone."

    washington, dc
    My new Tone Poet pressing of Chick Corea's "Now he sings, now he sobs."
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  17. Josquin des Prez

    Josquin des Prez Forum Resident

    Midwest USA
    Most people just don't care. All I have to do when I have company over is just play music for the sake of good company enjoying music. It's not necessary to select some audiophile orgasm demo (and I don't buy records for that reason anyway). They'll figure out for themselves that it's something special.

    I had some guests over and they did want to hear what the system really sounds like. I just played a selection of regular music we might listen to otherwise: some jazz, some Bach solo violin, an orchestral piece, some Hot Tuna acoustic, and so on.
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  18. Bill Hart

    Bill Hart Forum Resident

    It's funny, maybe a sign of becoming a geezer, I used to have these "demo" tracks that made the system sound impressive. I quit doing that, and go for the music, though at some point, I'll slip something in that will show off the system. I'm usually after less well-known, not the tried and true stuff these days, and a lot of it sounds pretty good, maybe not to the level of the best sounding records, but I don't care as much about that. Most of those records don't get played as much any more. And I have accumulated quite a few of the audiophile spectaculars over the years. I guess I either burnt out on them or they just aren't what I'm after at this point-- if I do have a visitor, I'll try to find out what they like, musically. But, often, it's have you ever heard this before? And sometimes, I've turned somebody on to a new band or record.
    One that I can recommend for music and it's also a sonic pleaser is a standard US Mercury pressing of brian davison's every which way. It sounds like early Traffic. Blues boy shouter, jazzy motifs, a pinch of psych, an altogether delicious record. The fact that it sounds good is a real bonus. And it's a sleeper.
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  19. Not Insane

    Not Insane You talkin' to me?!

    Back in the day when I did that sort of thing I used three:
    The Power and the Majesty (trains and thuder/rain)
    Telarc digital of 1812 overture. The canon blasts are amazing on the original pressing.
    Sheffield Labs I've got the music in me by Thelma Huston. But I used that song and "Pressure Cooker" to really show off the dynamics. The ESS 1B monitors, bi-amped, really showed off the kick drum and the horns.
  20. ukrules

    ukrules Forum Resident

    Union, Kentucky
    Nobody else cares to listen to my system. However, this recent acquisition CD is on-deck just-in-case:

  21. SandAndGlass

    SandAndGlass Twilight Forum Resident

    I mostly don't play anything specific, I usually have Pandora streaming, rather than fiddling around with physical media, while we are socializing and doing other things.

    I am usually cooking, when I have guests over, so that keeps my hands pretty full. Sometimes I will host movie nights, then I can work finishing the food and serving the food and drinks, while I have a movie playing.
  22. frimleygreener

    frimleygreener "It 'a'int why...it just is"

    united kingdom
    I would not by choice foist my musical taste upon guests....but if forced, I would for the mofi "Finger paintings" from Earl Klugh.
  23. thomaskong

    thomaskong Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Washington State
    Ha Ha I used to use 1812 overture to surprise the guests by sudden blast of gun shot.:wiggle:

    Your recommendation is reasonable.
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  24. Spin Doctor

    Spin Doctor Forum Resident

    CD?!?! Nah... Lets just do this like this here...
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  25. Spin Doctor

    Spin Doctor Forum Resident

    Avalon is a beautiful record...


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