12 of the best-produced recordings to test your speakers

Nev 373

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But surely, and with the greatest of respect, Fagen's Nightfly and his other related work has been done to death a bit. It's nice sometimes, to see some other stuff. I for one, on the strength of this list, will be listening to a lot more Jellyfish having now heard of them.
 

lovlid

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I don't get it. Why I take an old recording (e.g. Wagner), with all the limitation of the time, to test current or not so old speakers? It's like hooking up an mp3 player for a sound check:eek:
Are you assuming the article is talking about the first Wagner recordings? And that it was recorded when Wagner was still around? How cute.
 

Tim Honey

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Are you assuming the article is talking about the first Wagner recordings? And that it was recorded when Wagner was still around? How cute.
There's probably a more constructive way to answer the question than to just be condescending. Or can't you actually explain it?
 

JennaChaplin

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Surely there are recordings made after 2003 (19 years ago!) that are more worthy? For instance, I much prefer LVB symphonies and piano concertos made within the last 10 years - the recording equipment, and all that has been learned by engineers over the years, create a much more realistic and convincing experience. Many older recordings, including much-loved ones, are bedevilled by limiters and muddled instruments. But that's just my opinion of course.

Any suggestions from other contributors to this thread? When I have time, I may make some suggestions of my own.
 
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freelunch

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Great production, yes, Steely Dan/Donald Fagen. Kamakiriad is also nice. Good to see I'm not the only one listening to Jellyfish. Overblown, maybe, but fabulous recording. I also vote for Latin Quarter, Modern Times (1985) and Big Dish, Satellites (1991). It doesn't hurt that they are excellent albums as well.

I have a test CD that I take to hi-fi auditions. Each song contains elements that I look for in good equipment. (Sorry to be a bore...):

Boccherini, Concerti da Violoncello; Mary Coughlan, A Leaf from a Tree; The Civil Wars, I've Got This Friend; Alison Krauss, Baby Now That I've Found You; The Carpenters, This Masquerade; The Buena Vista Social Club, Amor de Loca Juventud; The Grateful Dead, Sugar Magnolia; Bonnie Raitt, Love Letter; The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, New Walkin' Blues; Gary Moore, Still Got the Blues; Lloyd Cole, Grace; Donald Fagen, Walk Between the Raindrops; The Cardigans, Erase/Rewind; Tom Verlaine, Ancient Egypt; Prefab Sprout, The King of Rock'n'Roll; Little Feat, Mercenary Territory (live); The Stranglers, Goodbye Toulouse; The Pretenders, Hollywood Perfume; The Veronicas (yes), Take Me On The Floor; U2, Vertigo.
 

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