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    Alright guys/(gals?), this will be the official track/recording recommendation thread. Please list artist, album name (if applicable), song title and if possible, a sample track.
    Last edited by mattp; 10-31-2013, 04:56 PM.
    Your results may vary.

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    Artist - Tracy Chapman
    Album - Tracy Chapman
    Song - Behind the Wall

    This is a vocals only song. 1:50 min.
    If dynamite was dangerous, do you think they'd sell it to an idiot like me?

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    • #3
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      Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow- Dave Grusin, Discovered Again - Sheffield
      Over the Rainbow - Rob Wasserman and Stephanie Grapelli, Rob Wasserman, Duets
      Boston to Beijing - Tonic Solfa, Boston to Beijing
      Fanfare for the Common Man - Copeland, Minnesota Orchestra
      Johnny and the Devil - Hans Thessink, Johnny and the Devil
      Firebird Suite - Stravinsky, Minnesota Orchestra
      Toss the Feathers - The Corrs, Forgiven Not Forgotten
      Washington Post March - Sousa, Dallas Wind Symphony
      Stormy Monday - Cream, Live at Royal Albert Hall
      When All is Said and Done - Victoria Tolstoy and Benny Andersson, Nils Landgren's Funky ABBA

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        Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms (pretty much the whole thing) - Your Latest Trick
        Audio: Media PC -> Sabre ESS 9023 DAC -> Behringer EP2500 -> (insert speakers of the moment)
        Sites: Jupiter Audioworks - Flicker Stream - FRD Consortium Archive - Proud Member of Midwest Audio Club

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          Mobile Line - Joshua Lowe & The Juncos

          This is actually from the Free California Audio Show Recordings, originally taken from DSD down to 720p youtube :/

          The double bass is super realistic sounding and you can point at each of the musicians in the soundstage without even having to close your eyes and imagine it haha.


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          • #6
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            For female vocals, a couple I like are:

            Jennifer Warnes, Bird on a Wire, from Famous Blue Raincoat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTIaidNgh1w

            Ruthie Foster, Death Came a' Knockin', from Runaway Soul https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHIiWQLhfp4

            Katherine Jenkins, L'Amore Se Tu, from From The Heart here is a live clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0r0aDfW2UM

            For bass extension, a couple I like are:

            Mickey Hart, Umasha (Strawberry Swamp version), from Planet Drum http://grooveshark.com/#!/playlist/S...Songs/33316237

            Hans Zimmer, Mombasa, from Inception OST here is a live clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0r0aDfW2UM

            Male vocals, a couple I like:

            Chris Isaak, Can't Do A Thing To Stop Me, from San Francisco Days https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwXPb3OZ8Rc

            Robert Plant, Fortune Teller, from Raising Sand https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5DeIcYD6xE

            Guitar songs, a couple I like:

            Joe Satriani, Sleep Walk, from Strange Beatiful Music a live clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c8nanTCPz0

            California Guitar Trio, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, from Highlights a live clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJqa5BKa57w

            More later, time to go drink beer, San Diego Beer Week starts today!

            Stan

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            • #7
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              Bassotronic's, Bass I love you.

              Be very careful with this song. I use it to break in speakers and it can blow them easily, the soundtrack will goes lower than 10hz. so start with a low volume.

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                Adel. I like 'Make you feel my love' but, about anything she does will do. If a tweeter is not right, she will send you running out of the room. Etta James, 'At last' will do the same.
                " To me, the soundstage presentation is more about phase and distortion and less about size. However, when you talk about bass extension, there's no replacement for displacement". Tyger23. 4.2015

                Quote Originally Posted by hongrn. Oct 2014
                Do you realize that being an American is like winning the biggest jackpot ever??

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                http://s413.photobucket.com/albums/pp216/arlis/

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                  Originally posted by stan View Post
                  For female vocals, a couple I like are:

                  Jennifer Warnes, Bird on a Wire, from Famous Blue Raincoat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTIaidNgh1w

                  Ruthie Foster, Death Came a' Knockin', from Runaway Soul https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHIiWQLhfp4

                  Katherine Jenkins, L'Amore Se Tu, from From The Heart here is a live clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0r0aDfW2UM

                  For bass extension, a couple I like are:

                  Mickey Hart, Umasha (Strawberry Swamp version), from Planet Drum http://grooveshark.com/#!/playlist/S...Songs/33316237

                  Hans Zimmer, Mombasa, from Inception OST here is a live clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0r0aDfW2UM

                  Male vocals, a couple I like:

                  Chris Isaak, Can't Do A Thing To Stop Me, from San Francisco Days https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwXPb3OZ8Rc

                  Robert Plant, Fortune Teller, from Raising Sand https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5DeIcYD6xE

                  Guitar songs, a couple I like:

                  Joe Satriani, Sleep Walk, from Strange Beatiful Music a live clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c8nanTCPz0

                  California Guitar Trio, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, from Highlights a live clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJqa5BKa57w

                  More later, time to go drink beer, San Diego Beer Week starts today!

                  Stan
                  Your post to Grooveshark has your entire list of 338 "Speaker test songs." You should just give the link: http://grooveshark.com/#!/playlist/S...Songs/33316237
                  Comments: It has some unusual things, maybe because I've never heard them, but overall should be more then enough for most. It's damn good! I only went through 16 of 338, but it seemed to miss songs in a "few" genres. I'm not saying to change it; it's great. But others that may like Rap, Reggae, Country, or Gospel; I don't need the last two...just mentioning.

                  EDIT: To clarify, I'm not complaining. This song list is more than enough, and a privilege, to scroll though. While it misses a few song types, it doesn't reduce it's quality. Please take my comments as informative and not trying to "split hairs." Thanks Stan!
                  Last edited by ocdSCHACK; 11-01-2013, 11:10 PM.

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                    Yes, all the this.
                    Originally posted by JasonP View Post
                    Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms (pretty much the whole thing) - Your Latest Trick

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                    • #11
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                      Sorry, I assumed it was pointing to that song. I'll have to figure out how to point to just one song in Grooveshark. Could not find it on youtube, though several other Mickey Hart songs from Planet Drum are there, such as Temple Caves.

                      The songs on that playlist are a compilation of songs TT users recommended over the last couple of years for testing speakers, they are not my choices. Was trying to keep up with adding songs to the playlist, but eventually gave up.

                      Songs by genre might be another way of organizing an unwieldy group of music.

                      Time to start working on the annual Xmas music CD, so good holiday music recommendations would be appropriate.

                      Cheers!

                      Stan

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                      • #12
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                        Dire Straits
                        Private Investigations, Money for Nothing
                        Album: Sultans of Swing

                        Cake
                        Short Skirt, Long Jacket
                        Album: Comfort Eagle

                        Donald Fagen
                        Maxine
                        Album: The Nightfly
                        Last edited by dustinbagby; 11-18-2013, 01:22 AM.

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                        • #13
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                          These are my go-to tracks. But I don't monitor off of youtube, so, sorry for the crappy quality.

                          Philip Glass - Australia (from the Orion album)

                          Steely Dan - Godwhacker

                          Steely Dan - Glamour Profession (this one has become a standard for me, although any Steely Dan from Aja, Gaucho, Two Against Nature, or Everything Must Go are great reference tracks)

                          Pink Floyd - anything off DSoTM or WYWH

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                          • #14
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                            The Alan Parson's Project - Eye In The Sky, the opening instrumental track into the Eye In the Sky track-Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs Half Speed Master

                            Frank Sinatra, on Epic, - When Jo Anna Loved Me

                            The Duets: Frank and Nancy Sinatra- (...and Then I Go and Spoil it All By Sayin' Somthin' Stupid Like) I Love You

                            Simeon and Garfunkel-The Boxer on Pathe of France; Black Label "Red Rooster" 1 of 10,000 Edition

                            Arthur Rubinstein-The 1961 Cycle recorded in Italy- Marche Funerable, Frederick Chopin RCA Victor Gold Seal boxed set

                            The Beatles in Italy-Mr. Moonlight (If John's opening solo sounds right, your cross-over is right for male vocals)

                            For us "QUAD" heads, anything from the Moody Blues QUAD version of -Days of Future Past

                            Personal female vocal favorite, Enya-Marble Halls, but "The Pearl's" voice is harder to get right

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                              David Sanborn & Bob James - Maputo - Double Vision

                              DAT SAX!
                              Audio: Media PC -> Sabre ESS 9023 DAC -> Behringer EP2500 -> (insert speakers of the moment)
                              Sites: Jupiter Audioworks - Flicker Stream - FRD Consortium Archive - Proud Member of Midwest Audio Club

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