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    Then I Close My Eyes - On An Island - David Gilmour. Waves washing in to shore, Gilmour on banjo, lap and his black Strat guitar. Light on the kick drum in the back ground, and just the touch of a cymbal, with the coronet wafting near the end. Every instrument is just caressed, nothing is played harshly or forceful. I think what makes this song so special on a system is what you don't hear........if that makes any sense.

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    I am particularly struck by how good the piano sounds on Steely Dan's "Sign In Stranger", following the addition of the Adcom GFP-750. Their recordings always excel, of course, but that piano...First time I noticed, it was the sort of thing where you're doing something else, not necessarily paying attention, and all of a sudden you're struck, like Whoa...
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    Easy

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    Great question and not easy to answer. At the moment, I'd say Lonesome Tears by Beck on the album Sea Change. There's a little of everything in that track. Great vocals, deep bass notes, string instruments, synth etc...

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    Non SACD..."Walls" from "She's The One" soundtrack. Tom Petty

    SACD..."Breathe" "Dark Side of the Moon" Pink Floyd
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    Artist -Peter Gabriel
    Album- Up
    Song- Growing Up

    Besides the sda effect infront of me, I actually hear parts of this behind me as well. The one thing that I notice is that mt sda effect is a bit off balance do to my room lay out. One speaker is about 6 ft from a side wall and the other is the minium 3. The sda effect is greater on the 6 ft wall. There is nothing I can do because of door and window layout.
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    Oasis-"Wonderwall"- End Sessions, volume four, awesome live version of this song, it absolutely shines on my little system, sorry, I know hard to obtain was talked about but I had to say it. Buy the cd on amazon, you won't regret if you like good alternative, including audioslave, tenacious d, kaiser chiefs, queens of the stone age, the strokes, and more, all live/live-acoustic.

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    Oh man it would have to be a toss-up between Miles Davis Freddie Freeloader off of the newly remastered Columbia realease and Gordon Lightfoot's Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald on CD.

    On SACD I'd have to go with Rimsky-Korsakov's Sherezade conducted by Fritz Reiner.

    On vinyl I'd have to go Pink Floyd Welcome to the Machine and Dexter Gordon's Love for Sale.

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    Donald Fagen-Nightfly - "Ruby Baby" The imaging is off the charts; blows people away on my system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveinaz View Post
    Donald Fagen-Nightfly - "Ruby Baby" The imaging is off the charts; blows people away on my system.
    That was my 2nd choice. But Kamakiriad is still my fav. That whole CD is friggin' great! My wife sometimes asks if I get tired of listening to that CD though. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by treitz3 View Post
    Thanks, RamZet. I went ahead and ordered the one album you referenced. Looking forward to checking it out.

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    Sampled it on iTunes?
    You're going to like it. I heard it on a pair of CM8s and that's when I knew it was time to move up from my monitor 70s.

    Another good test song is "St James Infermry" by Hugh Laurie on his album "Let Them Talk" (bonus track version). The piano entry has most speakers distorting at the high points. I haven't listen to the entire album yet so I can't say it's worth buying, maybe just that song from iTunes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RamZet View Post
    Artist: "Youngblood Brass Band"
    Album: "Center: level: Roar"
    Song: "Brooklyn"

    Why?
    Its a brass band. Try to play a brass band on normal speakers and you will be met with distortion, fatigued ears, and just noise.
    B&W speakers have awesome control and precision over highs and mids, bass is excellent too. I would think if your system can handle this song/band at a high volume then you got your moneys worth. The recording of the album is nuts. These guys went out of there way to make a quality recording.
    Thanks for that rec RamZet. This band was new to me and I love what I've heard so far. Good song choice for demo too.

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    Patricia Barber's "Too Rich For My Blood".

    Thanks for posting that question. I relistened to some great music looking for the answer.
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    The Cult "She sells sanctuary" It just keeps getting louder until I run myself out of the room LOL. Sounds pretty good in the neighbors house though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treitz3 View Post
    If you were to have one song....only one song to show off the capabilities of your system, what would that song be?

    I'm not looking for reference songs or perhaps your favorite song. Nothing that brings you back to the time when you were a teenager all smitten on the hot brunette that just so happened to be your age at the time that just moved in down the street. I'm not interested in your top shelf, "go to" recordings or something you own that is so rare and unobtainable that you feel it worthy to add to the thread and I'm not looking for a song that has been beaten to absolute death at audio shows worldwide.

    I'm looking for that one song that if you had a chance to win 10 Million Dollars to provide the best your rig could do to show its performance capabilities, what would that one song be?

    Then, if you care to elaborate on it, why? What about that song makes your rig shine or made you choose that song out of everything else out there?

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    I'm not sure I could come up with only one song.

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    Channel Classics's Ivan Fishers Mahler symphony no 2. sacd 5.1

    And its completely over for who's ever's ears are exposed to its unprecedented, unrestricted, gut wrenching ,sheer unadulterated Fidelity !

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    Leonard Cohen's "In my secret life"
    Sounds good on a clock radio
    But.. on our Polk Srs 3.1 Tl's it sounds fantastic

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    "I Miss You, My Hawai'i" by Na Leo.
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    i love to play movies and i always use transformers

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    Buckethead - The Fairy and the Devil.

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    Today it's Supertramp...Crime of the century

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    Perhaps, a strange suggestion: Tomas Luis Victoria's "Missa Vidi Speciosam," Choir of the Westminster Cathedral, David Hill, Conductor (Hyperion Records Limited: March, 1984).

    Two reasons:

    1) If I could have only one piece of music, it would probably be the end of the world I was facing, so something on the sacred side sounds like a good, prudent choice!

    2) More pertinently, the combination of vocals and organ music in the setting of this recording allows an accurate, powerful system to show off its stuff!

    When I'm trying to hear what my system can do with a really challenging, glorious piece of music, I put this in the CD player.
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    I'm going to go with Megadeth-Trust. I always come back to the goodies. Besides, I literally blew the windows out of my downstairs listening room. $1700 later I was back in business, and the wife had pretty new windows. The lord works in mysterious ways LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by erniejade View Post
    Dark Side of the Moon side 1. Isnt that one long song? LOL
    My Pick is Ann Murray's, Snowbird, Album ? Ops meant to say Pink Floyd, Money and of course the whole album as mentioned is one long song.

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    So many choices - and it changes for me.

    But right now,

    "Daughters of the Sea" - Doobie Bros - What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (MF SACD)

    Wow - clarity, separation, depth, and - it is just a great song!

    In my top 10 of demo songs..

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    The theme song to "Pee Wee's Playhouse"

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    BTO's "Looking out for #1" on vinyl. I turn this one up loud on occasion and it sounds awfully close to the real thing. The bass drum is deep, concussive and rich, while the cymbals ring true and recede with natural decay. The guitars sound like what guitars sound like in my room, when I plug one in.

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