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Found a new one. Surprisingly wide soundstage, even from a 256k download. I'd love to hear this as a 24/192k file or from a CD:

Artist: Sia
Album: Pictures
Song: Under the Milky Way

Great acoustic guitar, vocals, and percussion. See if you can place each instrument behind Sia. I think you will be able to do it!

Also, give this one a try:

Artist: Fleetwood Mac
Album: The Dance
Song: Landslide

Clearly hear Stevie Nick's impersonation of Elmer Fudd (listen for the word "mirror"). Still a beautiful song sung by a great artist.

Excellent acoustic guitar work too. What's odd is they both sound as if they are shifted left of center slightly (might be an error in my Audyssey setup though). There's some nice silent moments too so you can really hear your noise floor if you have it cranked (and if your noise floor is louder than we'd like it to be...).
 

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I made a demo disc for a recent audio meet in NC. I made a bunch of demo discs to dish out to people who wanted one. Now that it's over, I figure I'd share the tracks with you guys.

This is more of a 'sampler' disc: there are 36 total tracks, with the average track time being about 2 minutes. So, long enough to get in to it, but not long enough to bore you. Just enough to make you want to go buy the disc. :)

Here's the link:
http://bit.ly/Pkjtd5

Here's a screen shot of the tracks as well:





The file is a .rar which can be extracted via winzip/winrar. All files are in .flac format. There is an accompanying excel file with all the track names as well as dynamic range information (if you care).

I spent some time hunting down 'the good versions' of CDs. Namely, not remasters with the dynamic range squashed down all to bits. That's more apparent in the Tears for Fears songs (mobile fidelity sound labs version of Songs From The Big Chair and then the West German 1983 pressing of The Hurting). Also, the Dire Straits track is from the MoFi release as well. I tried to keep it varied. Intertwined are some songs some may rather ignore but I implore you to give them a shot as you may be surprised. I continually get positive feedback for my selection of 80's tracks, namely people saying they wouldn't have given it the time of day but realize now how well produced music was in that era. Then there are some other oddball tracks that may or may not tickle your fancy, but that's the nature of music.

I should warn you that I didn't normalize any of these files. So, as a song nears it's end, turn the volume down for the next track. You may have a song cranked up as it's DR is very high and the next song may hit you like a thunderclap due to it's lesser DR. ;)

Hope you guys enjoy!

- Erin
 

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If you are looking for demo tracks for your subwoofer I would suggest the following:

1. The Advent track from the Japanese TV series Fafner in the Azure. You need to hear it on a full range system. Be careful on electrostatic speakers as it can cause them to overload if you play it at too high a volume.


2. The Transylvania 1887 track from the soundtrack from the movie Van Helsing or the Final Battle track from the same movie.



3. Three tracks from the Beowulf soundtrack

First Grendel Attack -

Second Grendel Attack -

I Did Not Win the Race -

4. Most songs by Rammstein have a lot of heavy drum work.



5. There is a lot of low bass on the Conan the Barbarian soundtrack. The original soundtrack has been rerecorded in absolutely gorgeous sound in a 2 CD set.

http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/14468/CONAN-THE-BARBARIAN-2CD/


6. Some martial music for a change of pace, Klendathu Drop from the Starship Troopers soundtrack. Bad movie, but a great novel by Robert A. Heinlein


7. And just because its good music - Vangelis Mythodea Movement VII

 

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I noticed a reference to Pink Floyd here a couple of times. During the time of The Wall and The Final Cut they used multiple Roland Sound Space dedicated units. Rumor was they tried to buy all of them. I noticed several of those dedicated units on eBay but are still running $15K to over $20K. I have a smaller one from the mid 90's but as of yet cannot get a "surround sound" from playing live. But I am still working on it.
 

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thread revival...

I made a demo disc for a recent audio meet in NC. I made a bunch of demo discs to dish out to people who wanted one. Now that it's over, I figure I'd share the tracks with you guys.

This is more of a 'sampler' disc: there are 36 total tracks, with the average track time being about 2 minutes. So, long enough to get in to it, but not long enough to bore you. Just enough to make you want to go buy the disc. :)

Here's the link:
http://bit.ly/Pkjtd5

Here's a screen shot of the tracks as well:





The file is a .rar which can be extracted via winzip/winrar. All files are in .flac format. There is an accompanying excel file with all the track names as well as dynamic range information (if you care).

I spent some time hunting down 'the good versions' of CDs. Namely, not remasters with the dynamic range squashed down all to bits. That's more apparent in the Tears for Fears songs (mobile fidelity sound labs version of Songs From The Big Chair and then the West German 1983 pressing of The Hurting). Also, the Dire Straits track is from the MoFi release as well. I tried to keep it varied. Intertwined are some songs some may rather ignore but I implore you to give them a shot as you may be surprised. I continually get positive feedback for my selection of 80's tracks, namely people saying they wouldn't have given it the time of day but realize now how well produced music was in that era. Then there are some other oddball tracks that may or may not tickle your fancy, but that's the nature of music.

I should warn you that I didn't normalize any of these files. So, as a song nears it's end, turn the volume down for the next track. You may have a song cranked up as it's DR is very high and the next song may hit you like a thunderclap due to it's lesser DR. ;)

Hope you guys enjoy!

- Erin
Thanks for doing this Erin. My wife and I enjoyed your 2013 sampler and are looking forward to listening to this one.:clap:
 
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