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    Default Favorite Songs to Demo Speakers

    I have always found it fascinating what music people choose when demoing speakers. Here are my choices:

    Phoebe Snow: Something Real
    Bonnie Raitt: Nick of Time
    Joe Jackson: Night and Day
    Dan Fogelberg: The Innocent Age
    George Winston: December
    Aaron Copeland: Appalachian Spring

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    The Telarc Recording of the "1812 overture"; Bela Fleck's "Flight of the Cosmic Hippos"; and Berlioz's "March au supplice." I run any speaker through those before I do any other tests.

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    -Jeff Buckley: Lilac Wine
    -R. Struass: Also Sprach Zarathustra - BPO/Karajan
    -Dianna Krall: When I Look In Your Eyes
    -The Doors: Spanish Caravan
    -Van Morrison: Moondance
    -Pink Floyd: Money
    -Stravinksy: Dance of the Firebird from The Firebird - San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas

    Just a few of my faves.
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    I use:

    Rush- "Chronicles" both discs when time permits
    Tracy Chapman- "Fast Car"
    James Taylor- Greatest Hits
    Dire Straits- "Sultans of Swing"
    Pink Floyd-"Wish You Were Here"
    Andre Segovia does Bach
    Beatles- "Rubber Soul"
    Just a few but others are used from time to time

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    Cool post.

    I use:

    Sting - "Hounds of Winter" from Mercury Falling and "Shape of My Heart" from Ten Summoner's Tales (and "A Thousand Years" from Brand New Day for testing subs)
    Chris Isaak - "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing"
    Weezer - "Take Control" from Maladroit
    Miles Davis - "Blue in Green" from Kind of Blue
    Metallica - "The Ecstacy of Gold" and "The Call of Ktulu" from S&M
    Beastie Boys - The In Sound from Way Out (anything on this CD is great)
    Jonny Lang - "Darker Side" from Lie to Meo Me
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    good idea for a thread. here are the three i used when looking for my sub. each are totally different from the others but reflect the wide range of music i listen too.

    herbie hancock - "head hunters"
    robert earl keen - "live from austin, tx"
    donna the buffalo - "positive friction"

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    I listen primarily to heavy metal so I take a slightly different approach.

    Dream Theater's "Train of Thought" CD is very very heavy with a very muddy mix but it has a lot of intricate and very technically detailed parts that can be hard to make out. A very good and detailed speaker will play these parts very clear.
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    Blue Man Group
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    Ron dislikes a film = go out and buy it.
    Ron loves a film = don't even rent.

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    For Female Vocal:

    Erin McKeown
    Norah Jones
    Jewel

    Acoustic Inst.

    Elton John-early stuff
    Al Dimeola-One Night in SanFran
    Buddy Guy & Junior Wells-Acoustic

    Jazz

    GRP-Live In Session
    Billy Cobham-Spectrum
    Max Roach vs. Buddy Rich
    Miles Davis-Kind of Blue

    Rock

    The Who-Live @ Leeds
    Best of The Cult
    LZ-Physical Graf or House of the Holy or
    In Thru the Out Door.
    DMB

    A few off the top of my head

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    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

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    I made a CD with music that I use to audition equipment with.
    It starts off with "Nether Lands" by Dan Fogelberg, "Bali Hai" by Fourplay (great bass transitions) and "Woman in Chains" by Tears for Fears.

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    Originally posted by tonyv1
    I made a CD with music that I use to audition equipment with.
    It starts off with "Nether Lands" by Dan Fogelberg, "Bali Hai" by Fourplay (great bass transitions) and "Woman in Chains" by Tears for Fears.
    Thatís a good ideaÖ.I have made some compilations of fave artists and burned them to cd. I should make a disc of all demo material. I used to do that with cassette tapes way back when I sold audio, before cd burners were the norm. Why didnít I think of this b4?

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    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

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    The key is to burn at full bitrate quality, not the compressed MP3.
    I had several demo tapes when I sold audio some 20 years ago myself. Some people thought I was cheating by using Metal Tape.

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    Originally posted by markmarc
    The key is to burn at full bitrate quality, not the compressed MP3.
    I had several demo tapes when I sold audio some 20 years ago myself. Some people thought I was cheating by using Metal Tape.
    Oh absolutelyÖ.no MP3ís ever!!! That brings back memories. I used to use Metal type tapes. I have always owned Nakamichi decks and back then I had a Nak Dragon. A friend of mine came in to look a car stereoís and I popped in a Metal tape and he commented, ďThatís not one of those tapes from your Dragon, is it? Because thatís not fair. Itís going to sound better than anything I put in itĒ. We just laughed

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    FWIW :

    Ben Harper
    Wynton Marsalis
    Paganini
    Canadian Brass

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    Probaby overdone by a lot of people, but I choose Hotel California by the Eagle -- Good bass, nice acoustic guitar and clear vocal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingtut View Post
    Probaby overdone by a lot of people, but I choose Hotel California by the Eagle -- Good bass, nice acoustic guitar and clear vocal.
    The Hell Freezes Over version or the original??

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    Old thread but wth it's still relevant:

    1. Andreas Vollenweider, White winds (album), The glass hall (song #3)
    2. Celine Dion, Falling into you (album), Call the man (song #13)

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    Three years late to the party I be...

    Single favorite song? Way Down Deep, Jennifer Warnes.

    I understand that this OOP album (The Hunter) is being re-released on CD and LP this fall.
    all the best,
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    I always liked Crash by the Dave Matthews Band as a good demo song.
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    I am surprisd no one has mentioned Dire Straits' "Brothers in Arms"....

    "Money For Nothing" for dynamics and "Your Latest Trick" for imaging. Even when using a 2 channel stereo version, "Your Latest Trick" can seem surround-like.

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    I usually just throw in some Yoko Ono and crank that bitch up to 11+ on the dial.... seems to work just fine for me.

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    Shine on You Crazy Diamond . . . all parts.

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    Re-recorded version of The Sound of Animals Fighting - "Tiger and The Duke"
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    Neil Diamond - America
    Norah Jones - pretty much any song
    Armik - "Rain Dancer" and "Gypsy Flame" albums. Well, all his albums are very good.
    Jesse Cook - Vertigo and Frontiers albums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danger boy View Post
    I usually just throw in some Yoko Ono and crank that bitch up to 11+ on the dial.... seems to work just fine for me.

    That must clear the neighborhood of cats, dogs, mice, rats, bugs, cause kids to cry, fell grown men to their knees.....


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    Steely Dan - Two Against Nature album.
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    Lately I have been using Daughtry: It's not over

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Tse View Post
    I am surprisd no one has mentioned Dire Straits' "Brothers in Arms"....

    "Money For Nothing" for dynamics and "Your Latest Trick" for imaging. Even when using a 2 channel stereo version, "Your Latest Trick" can seem surround-like.
    The dynamics in Money for Nothing make it one of my absolute favorite songs to demo. I think the Rockford guys might be a little tired of it by now.
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