My Best CD to test speakers -

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  1. hdewees

    hdewees Well-Known Member

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    Diana Krall - Live in Paris

    Now I love the Rolling Stones but this is the ultimate test for your speakers IMO -

    Vocals, piano, cymbals, bass, etc It is a great CD for everything. Just my opinion.
     
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  2. Grenadeslio

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    SACD version?
     
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    You won't need the SACD - it is that good
     
  4. Grenadeslio

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    From what I see online it's a DVD video, her first.

    Just bustin your chops, I have the CD already, it's outstanding.
     
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    Awww crap, that's the one Diana Krall cd I left on the rack at the thrift store a few months ago. I knew I should've took that one too. I should go back and see if it's still there.
     
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  6. JoeESP9

    JoeESP9 ESL's & tubes since 83

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    I humbly suggest Jacintha, Here's To Ben.
     
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    One CD I discovered recently is Boz Scagg's "Dig" Very well recorded and has bass on some tracks that goes very deep. Track 11 is good test for low frequency speed and definition.
     
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    Have you heard her other albums? They might change your mind.
     
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  9. Poultrygeist

    Poultrygeist Lunatic Member

    Krall's "Wildflower" is jaw dropping good.
     
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    Telarc's Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture

    Many a woofer has lost the battle with this recording.
    Someone actually posted a photo of the LP version of this recording you can actually see the cannon shots.
    https://m.imgur.com/HWYvMi7
     
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    Joss Stone The Soul Sessions
     

     

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    I bought my Sansui amp from an affluent, retired audiophile. His basement was like a hifi museum and his goal before downsizing was to "own every piece of classic audio gear." When went to demo the amp, he played Live in Paris as the demo into Onkyo Scepter speakers. I was impressed and I bought the amp. Later I bought the Live at Paris CD. It sounds good on my AR-3as as well.
     
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    I can't tell you how many times this has happened to me. Most recently was a $3,800 receiver I had never heard of that I could have gotten for $50.
     
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    While I do love Diana Krall, there are several jazz combo artists and recordings I enjoy more, especially for the pianist.

    Modern Jazz Quartet ivory-man John Lewis' spare style has really grown on me over the years, since I first encountered their recordings when I was a young man of 24. The Complete Last Concert is a great choice, imo.

    Thelonius Monk's Dream is another favorite of mine.

    Brubeck and Desmond's 1975: The Duets is another, as well as the full Quartet's Time Out, of course.

    And here I've gone and stepped in it... how could I leave off Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and quite a host of other keyboardists of various styles? From Corea (especially Return To Forever's Mothership Returns) to Jarrett to Bud Powell to Herbie Hancock? To a ton of others I'd usually rather hear than Krall, and are too numerous to mention.

    The truly great players do more with four notes than she does so often with forty, is sorta my take, though I do love her, too. Her sultry, though range-limited voice and pretty face haven't hurt her career any, either. Let's face it. The music and dance.
     
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    Telarc 1812 Overture, Sheffields Drum track, Mobile Fidelity's recording of 4449 or 8444. E power Biggs, toccata and Fugue by Bach. Telarc CD's with sound effects. Strauss waltzes for instance.
     
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    None.

    I prefer using higher resolution 24 bit content as arbiter. Or, well done pre-digital analog. No vinyl from digital masters.
     
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    Diana Live in Paris is to die for on Vinyl!
     
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    LOVE the Chicks. And a BIG thank you for the link. I want to work my way through that list.
     
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    Great disc and extremely well recorded. It used to be a demo disc for me. :)
     
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