When your pals come over to hear your audio system, what do you pull out to impress them?
Eagles, "Hell Freezes Over"; James Taylor, "Hour Glass"; Burmester reference disc; Dixie Chicks, "Wide Open Spaces"; Beatles, "Yellow Submarine"; and Celine Dion, "Let's Talk About Love."
Alvin and the Chipmunks. Great tweeter workout . . .
DTS Demo DVD #3 or #4. Both these sampler dvd's contain outstanding movie clips and music!
Currently I play "Squirrel Nut Zippers." It sounds so "live" and present, like they really are right in your room!
Megadeath, "Cryptic Writings." Nothin' better than Heavy Metal in HDCD!
Whatever they like! My favorite Bruckner 8th, with Karajan (1989, DG).
1) Jim Hall and Pat Metheny, self-titled; 2) Rachelle Farrell, self-titled; 3) virtually any Diana Krall
Youssou Ndour's "Eyes Open" and Baaba Maal's "Lam Toro". Talk about percussion,bass, and miscellaneous instruments that exploit the audio bandwidth. These CDs will rock "bassheads". For those who enjoy the classics, Mahler's 3rd by Salonen or Mahler's 6th by Boulez will expose brawn and delicacy(the titilating stuff).
I put in anything HDCD. Everyone's mouths hit the ground. Put in Beck's "Mutations," close your eyes, and you would think he was playing in front of you.
Akira Jimbo, "Lime Pie"
The Ultimate Demonstration Disc, Chesky Records; followed closely by Stereophile's "Test CD 3," and the last biggie: "Time Warp"
Whatever they bring over.
The Golden Age Of Wireless by Thomas Dolby.
LPs . . . Being 25 years old, virtually any of my friends who listen to vinyl on my system with music they are familiar with (rock) cannot believe the difference vis-a-vis CD. I look forward to the demo every time!
I usually play the music I play for my own pleasure at that given time unless someone bring new music. My system is there to serve the music not the other way around.
Buddy Holly, MCA Heavy Vinyl. What great music!
Frank Zappa, "The Yellow Shark." This disc has everything: a huge sense of space and depth, and the "slam" is impressive.
Jennifer Warnes, "Famous Blue Raincoat"
Any Steve Tibbetts LP in a German ECM pressing.
Being a "stereo"-typical audiophile, I have no pals to demo to!
Nick Lowe's "The Impossible Bird." First and most important, I love this album. It ranges from simple vocals and guitar to nice rock mixes, and really sounds great on my system. Living in an apartment and using a relatively low-powered tube system means I really cannot put on sonic blockbusters, so I am reveling in the purity of vocals I now hear.
Here's to Ben by Jacintha (45rpm version)
ANYTHING that has been recorded decently.
1) Three Blind Mice recordings. 2) Camille Saint-Sa
Belfonte Sings the Blues on LP
Various Artists: "Living in Oblivion," Volume 5
If you want to spook out a jaded audiophile, pull out Paul McCartney's "Flaming Pie" CD and play "Little Willow." The sweet sound of acoustic picking followed by a haunting, closely miked vocal by Paul is simply unnerving. It truly feels like the ex-Beatle is performing just for you in your listening room. A very effective demo that is not only sonically impressive, but of great artistic merit as well. (The entire album is strong from top to bottom. One of Paul's bluesier efforts in the 1990s.) It sure beats zooming jet planes!!!
Donald Fagen, "The Nightfly"