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What are some great CD or SACDs to Demo on my system? I read that the Blue Man Group blu-ray is a good. What music is good demo material, like bass guitar, organ, etc.?

I have read that good SACDs are few and far between. I wouldn't know because I don't own any.

BTW, I have dual PB13 Ultras, Def Tech BP7002s for mains,...
 

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Yello... one of my favorites of theirs is One Second.

James Newton Howard and Friends from Sheffield Labs.

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon on SACD.

I love the David Gilmour in Concert DVD. I did a mini review of it way back when... here. There is some awesome acoustical and electric guitar on that DVD. The bass and vocals are excellent as well. You get the two channel stereo version and the 5.1 version. Last I checked the DVD was about 10 bucks. I have a couple of them myself.
 

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Patricia Barber's Café Blue. Try Nardis. Delicate drums.



Patricia Barber
Mythologies
Morpheus

Over the top drums and guitar!



Yellowjackets
Live Wires
Wildlife

Nice drums.



Pomp & Pipes
Dallas Wind Symphony
The Vikings

What bass! My whole house rattles!

 

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Thanks for all the good suggestions. I am having a hard time deciding. I will look these over a bit more before making a decision.

BTW, I have already downloaded a song from Amazon from the Pomp & Pipes, Dallas Wind Symphony,
The Vikings soundtrack based on someone else's recommendation. That organ stuff is awesome to listen to (and feel... it kinda makes my toes tingle).
 

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BTW, I have already downloaded a song from Amazon from the Pomp & Pipes, Dallas Wind Symphony,
The Vikings soundtrack based on someone else's recommendation. That organ stuff is awesome to listen to (and feel... it kinda makes my toes tingle).
Try listening to it through K-horns and McIntosh amps. Wow!:fireworks2::hsd::fireworks3:
 

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The Hunter - Jennifer Warnes
A Deeper Blue - The Bruce Katz Band
 

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Saxophone Colossus, Way Out West - Sonny Rollins
Art Pepper meets the Rhythm Section
These three are 192/24 2ch only DVDa's and are superbly remastered 60's sessions and IMHO upto now the
definitive releases of these sessions. If you can find them run don't walk to pick them up.
Older vinyl rarely gets remastered as good as this, IMHO, of course.
 

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With a classical ilk here are a few more that I take on demo tours


Paganini for two - Shaham/Sollscher
Works for Violin and Guitar

Sonate per Archi #1-6 Rossini - NBK/Erxleben

I first heard cuts from these on a demo disc, hunted down the originals
Fine performances and sonics
 

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Are you looking for "bass" demo material or overall excellently recorded albums that show off the best audio qualities of your system?

If it is overall sound quality of a recording, I like to play tracks from the following albums. I love acoustic guitar so several of them are along those lines, but I listen to most everything.

Nils Lofgren - Acoustic Live album - Keith Don't Go
Tommi Immanual - any of his albums really, LiveOne specifically
Joss Stone - Soul Sessions
Jake Shimabukuro - Gently Weeps (amazing ukelele player)
Holly Cole - Temptations
KD Lang - Live in London with BBC Orchestra (Bluray)
David Foster Hitman (bluray)

Just a few that I like.
 

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Only highly-rated album I had was Dire Straits Brothers in Arms. Today I ordered:
Eagles Hotel California (1990 remaster)
Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (30th Ann Ed. 2003 Hybrid)
Steely Dan Aja (remastered 1999)
Sounds of Wood and Steel (1998)

All used, "very good" condition $30 shipped, not bad for four cds' :D

I also upgraded my Pandora account to the 192 bit service today, but Im pretty sure that was sacrilege...
 

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Sounds of Wood and Steel (1998)
No singing on this one, all just tracks of acoustic geetar songs. You can hear the artists breathing. Remarkably well done cd, gives my infinity 362s a run for their money and my sennheiser 650s for that matter...
 

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I have a few (very few) of the listed ones.. But rest all I have added to my wishlist @ Amazon. Will acquire one at a later time.. Great Inputs..
 

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If you like Elton John or Bob Dylan they both have tons of stuff on SACD and it all sounds amazing
Eric Clapton Slowhand SACD
Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon SACD

For non SACD, some of my favorites are
Elton John 60 Live at Madison Square Garden bluray
John Mayer Where the light is on Blu ray
Dave Matthwes Band Live at Radio City on Bluray
 

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For those that like smooth jazz [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Kickin-Up-Gerald-Albright/dp/B0001N1RTY/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top]this[/URL] Kickin It Up album by Gerald Albright makes my Sennheisers bounce off my head, extremely full-range and highly recommended!
 

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Remarkably high quality CD, Jerry Goldsmith was a true master...

Star Trek: Motion Picture 20th Anniversary Collectors Edition



 

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Great thread, need more input!

I had the opportunity to listen to / watch a couple of tracks from the Dave Matthews Band Live at Radio City Blu-ray, and was blown away. I see this mentioned all the time as "THE reference disc", and fully agree. I went out and bought it, even though I'm not a huge DM fan (like him fine, but was never hugely wild about him, but this BR is something special!). The audio quality is amazing.

Is there anything else out there that meets, beats, or at least comes close to that BR? If it's really that good, I'm not overly picky about the genre, I like lots of variety. I'm just looking to flesh out my collection of demo material so I can really work out my system and show off what it can (or can't?) do.

Note: I don't have SACD, just regular Sony+Panny blu ray players (until I can afford an Oppo), so I suspect Blu-ray material with uncompressed tracks is going to be the best I can take advantage of.
 

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If you want another amazing Blu ray check out the Peter Gabriel New Blood Live In London disc.[it's as good if not better than the Dave Matthews disc]
 
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