What is your favorite demo disc?

Stereophile's picture
When your pals come over to hear your audio system, what do you pull out to impress them?
What is your favorite demo disc?
Here it is:
83% (133 votes)
I don't do demos.
17% (28 votes)
Total votes: 161
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Karl Fattig's picture

Astr

Chris's picture

Eagles - Hell Freezes Over

Thad Aerts, thad6000@hotmail's picture

How can there be just one?

Rick Flynn's picture

The Real Me from Quadrophenia by The Who

Martin Bruczkowski's picture

Dire Straits, "Love Over Gold"; Pink Floyd, "The Wall"; Varsovia String Quartet: Szymanowski.

Eoin Redmond's picture

The Japanese HDCD version of Byran Ferry's "The Bride Stripped Bare"

Mark Aaron's picture

I have a couple:Dire Straits,On Every Street and the soundtrack of One Fine Day.

Keith O'Neill's picture

For whatever reason I'm not sure, but the disc that grabs the most attention is the Notting Hillbillies' "Missing, Presumed Having a Good Time." Maybe all of my friends are die-hard Mark Knopfler fans?

deletraz@bluewin.ch's picture

I don't usually begin with "demo" records. I first play what the pals want to listen to, or they even bring their own CDs or LPs. So they can much better have an idea about my system's abilities vs. theirs. Only when they get accustomed do I eventually play my records, to "finalize" the listening session. I often play Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon," Stan Getz, Jethro Tull's "Aqualung," and Supertramp's "Crime of the Century" (all MFSL LPs); The Beatles' "Anthology," 1-3, on LP; some old direct-cut Charly Antolini (drummer); and so on. We generally spend 1-3 hours listening: first songs for evaluating the system, the next ones only for the pleasure.

Todd R.'s picture

Dave's True Story, "Sex Without Bodies," Chesky 24/96 DVD.

jdelgado's picture

seven (the shooting by the door scene), top gun (the opening secuence on the carrier deck for action and music combined)

Tomas Schuman's picture

Nordic Sampler, Vol.1, North Side Records. Incredible sonics and music.

Dane Robison's picture

. . . but I really like Teri Garrison's CD, put out by Vandersteen several years ago, as well as "Vivaldi for Diverse Instruments" on Reference Recordings.

Robert Scottu's picture

Growing up in Holywood Town - Sheffield Lab (Vinyl)

K.  Rebbew's picture

It's a toss-up: "Unchained" by Johnny Cash or DCC's "Nat King Cole's Greatest Hits." Either one puts every listener in touch with what this weirdo hobby is really about: good ol'-fashioned, honest-to-goodness, toe-tappin', head bobbin', smile-crackin' music.

Mark A.'s picture

Thelma Houston and Pressure Cooker, one of the first (I think) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab direct-to-disc LPs. Absolutely outstanding music and sound, even when played on my Planar 3 (with a Benz Micro Silver). People listen and say, "Wow, I never knew a record could sound like that."

Stephen's picture

I ask them to bring their own LPs, CDs, cassettes, and DATs. That's the only way they can evaluate it. They can finally hear all the details they've been missing with their current system.

Herb Barringer's picture

Mercury's Stravinsky "Firebird" with Antal Dorati and LSO, especially the vinyl disc.

Paul W.  Simoni's picture

If I want to impress them with a wide and deep soundstage, "Misa Criolla." If I want to show off my subs, Micky Hart or O.M.D. or Patrick O'Hearn. If I want to show off speed and accuracy, "Friday Night in San Francisco" does it every time.

Lee's picture

LPs

Joe Hartmann's picture

It changes too frequently. This year I have been going through my entire collection, one disc after another. I've found many great recordings. Mostly it's the music that grabs me, and sometimes I notice that the system and the software let me hear more in the recording.

Mark Travis's picture

Roger Waters, "Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking," on vinyl. Harry Conick, Jr., "She."

Dan C.'s picture

I let the system speak for itself by using material they bring over or pick from my library. It doesn't make sense to put on Beethoven if they all they listen to is "The Offspring."

Sam Creek's picture

Boredom's "Pop Tatari"

Michael Natbony's picture

Reference Recordings' first sampler disc

lord_coz's picture

my equipement.... anything!!

HARRELL's picture

DAVE GRUSIN:TWO FOR THE ROAD C/D

F.  Phipps III's picture

Usually...Basia: The Sweetest Illusion on Epic label 1994. This girl can SING!!!!

martin.schweiger@db-nm.si's picture

Chesky Records: Ultimate Demonstration Disc

Michael Hill's picture

Rusted Root, "When I Woke"; Willie Nelson, "Teatro"; Paul Simon, "The Rhythm of the Saints."

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