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  • "Test" Music for Mains

    Any recommendations for Test music for mains?
    What do you use?

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    Re: "Test" Music for Mains

    For me it obviously depends on your tastes... I think jazz sounds the best and heavy metal and Classical are the hardest to get to sound perfect (My opinion, I know others will differ).

    I like Michael Buble, because it has nice deep bass and great dynamic changes throughout.

    Pink Floyds Dark Side of the Moon is another good one for me...it adds a slight bit of harshness to test the speakers rock and roll abilities...

    Yo Yo Ma in some of his trio's, quartets and quintets. It lets you hear the individual instruments without the full orchestral crowd...
    Mark


    http://www.diy-ny.com

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    • #3
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      Eva Cassidy for female vocals.

      Dire Straights - Brothers in Arms. Well recorded and I like it.

      Cat Stevens - Catch Bull at Four - 18th Ave. Love the piano.

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      • #4
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        Thanks for the suggestions, guys!

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        • #5
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          For some modern, state of the art pop : Alicia Keys - "The Element of Freedom" or "As I Am". Not my normal fare, but these are excellent recordings: gorgeous vocals, plenty of depth in the production, deep bass, doesn't sound squashed or harsh from overloud mastering.

          My normal fare:
          - Radiohead "In Rainbows"

          - Freshly Ground "ma Cheri" :wonderful modern afro-pop. Most amazingly upfront vocals. But if you're system is too bright you will know about it - http://www.amazon.com/Ma-Cheri-Fresh...9008711&sr=1-2
          BEER: Proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

          I've measured many things I cannot hear; and heard things I cannot measure...

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          • #6
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            I am pretty set on Tracy Chapman's 'Talking about a Revolution'. It has her great vocals and guitar, but it also has a wood percussion in the background that when imaged well sounds incredible. It is always one of the first I put in.

            BTW, Stereophile has the 3 disc test set for sale again. I think its only $35. Pretty crazy to see the BIN prices for those on ebay. Some are $75 +

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            • #7
              Re: "Test" Music for Mains

              Igor Stravinsky's "Firebird". If you, your amp, or your speakers can handle the dynamics, you pass the test.

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              • #8
                Re: "Test" Music for Mains

                Thanks for all the great suggestions, guys.
                Some of the recommendations I have already, and I'll be shopping for the other stuff soon.
                Thanks again for the help!

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                • #9
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                  george howard, sade, pink floyd.
                  " 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??

                  http://www.midwestaudioclub.com/spot...owell-simpson/
                  http://s413.photobucket.com/albums/pp216/arlis/

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                  • #10
                    Re: "Test" Music for Mains

                    The Cars, Def Leppard, CCR~ stuf I've known forever from hearing with good speaker, headphone, boom-box, car stereo or elevators and can tell when something is missing or is muted or too forward or over-emphasized, right off.
                    "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy." --Winston Churchill

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                    • #11
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                      Stuff you know by heart is the best. Lee Michael's self-titled album if you don't know anything and need something good.

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                      • #12
                        Jay T
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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by pres589 View Post
                          Stuff you know by heart is the best. Lee Michael's self-titled album if you don't know anything and need something good.
                          Lee Michaels? That Lee Michaels?
                          Dang, there's a blast from the past!

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                          • #14
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                            I saw Lee Michaels somewhere in the seventies.

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                              Co-conspirator in the development of the "CR Gnarly Fidelity Reduction Unit" - Registered Trademark, Patent Pending.

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