When someone comes over that has never heard my hifi, I have a couple of favorite CDs that sound amazing on my system. Here's one that I've used many times. Thought maybe some of you guys could post your favs as well...
Music is low-level, not for showing off and a lot of the time we don't have folk round as it's too busy getting the kids to bed. Usually going out is the preferred option. If I was to pick something, it'd be the likes of Julie Feeney's "Pages" album, or Joni Mitchell's "Night Ride Home" and then because they're very good albums as opposed to "hifi" showcasers.
One of the best bits of advice Kevin at Audio T gave me when I booked the demo that eventually led to me purchasing the Arcam and B&Ws was to pick a cross section of my music and NOT to choose 'demo' discs for the audition. He also advised to focus on listening to the music rather than the hi-fi, suggesting that no matter how good a system is you will always eventually find the novelty of what the hi-fi is doing will run out whereas the music will keep you going for much longer.
i have a 320kb download of billy joels greatest hits and it sounds brilliant on my system, one track, streetlife serenader, really stands out, it ebbs and flows between soft music and vocals to a crescendo of powerful voculs and music, very dynamic, i assume the cd would sound even better..
My bad, I phrased the post poorly. I'm in agreement about not forcing guests to enjoy my hobby. I rarely do that. What I should have said was if someone wants to know why you spend money on hifi and they want to hear your hifi, what do you play for them. That's more the idea I was shooting for here...
jaxwired:My bad, I phrased the post poorly. I'm in agreement about not forcing guests to enjoy my hobby. I rarely do that. What I should have said was if someone wants to know why you spend money on hifi and they want to hear your hifi, what do you play for them. That's more the idea I was shooting for here...
No worries, I took it to mean the other, so I guess I'm not everyone! (/snark).
If it was a "guys round the hifi" night, which would be well good, then it'd be a bunch of stuff and more often than not, something mastered by Barry Diament!
Depends on my guests. For metal, i would use metallica black album. For vocals, diana krall, janet seidle or any of best of audiophiles cds. For orchestra, i would use titanic or braveheart score. For uptempo acoustic guitar works, definitely needs a gypsy kings album.
Not that my Hifi claims to be one for showing of , but if some one asks me to spin something to listen to it has got to be the Mono recording of "In my Room" by the Beach Boys on C.D. (not the remastered stereo version).
This was recorded in 1963 (from the surfer girl album).... a mind blowingly beautiful production of how music should be transfered to & produced on cd.