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One question for anyone - I plan to load my audition list to my iPod and take that for speaker auditions. Can I count on the fact that most shops will be able to accomodate hooking it to their set-up?
Cant really speak to compatibility, probably depends alot on the store, but you will be using apple lossless right? (Just checking)

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I have one song that is an absolute "must" in any speaker audition session, and once you listen to it you'll know why. It has rich midrange, some bass extension, and some high range. In home theater, and music, good clear midrange is critical, and I think this song will demonstrate a speakers ability or lack of it quickly. Get to know Sarah McLachlan's song Angel. Play it soft, play it LOUD. Enjoy and have fun
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Fortunately, I have an account with iTunes so I can preview each track - I was just wondering if there was one track you thought stood out more than the others. I do not have a Jazz genre track in my current list and this is a good suggestion for an add.


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Cant really speak to compatibility but you will be using apple lossless right?
About half will be Loseless - the other half are older MP3 format (ripped from CDs).


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About half will be Loseless - the other half are older MP3 format (ripped from CDs).

Cool. I suppose seeing how they handle lower quality might not be a bad idea either... Oh if only lossy was a felony.
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Cool. I suppose seeing how they handle lower quality might not be a bad idea either.
My exact thought! Maybe I am not such a newb after all..............NOT!


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FLAC is the way to go. Bring a laptop and send it over Optical. I use FOOBAR2000 to play flac on both my systems.
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Caper26 - why FLAC? Is it due to a higher compression rate?

Unfortunately, my laptop does not have an optical connection.


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I like to use Clint Mansell's Lux Aeterna as a test song for Dynamics. I use Pink Floyd's High Hopes for detail (listen for the bee flying around at the very beginning). Female voice - Amanda Marshall Beautiful Goodbye (the last min of the song). Male voice - Queen (freddy) Who wants to live forever.

If I had a tie breaker I would probably listen to Michael Hedges live version Aerial Boundaries
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I like to use Clint Mansell's Lux Aeterna as a test song for Dynamics. I use Pink Floyd's High Hopes for detail (listen for the bee flying around at the very beginning). Female voice - Amanda Marshall Beautiful Goodbye (the last min of the song). Male voice - Queen (freddy) Who wants to live forever.

If I had a tie breaker I would probably listen to Michael Hedges live version Aerial Boundaries
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Thanks for the suggestions Andre! The Queen song is actually used in one of my favorite movies - Highlander. Might be a good add for higher range male vocals - Freddy can really get up there.

And, is that a cigarette at the end of his guitar?!


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