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    Default Best recordings for SDA ?

    A question for you SDA afficionados. If someone comes
    over to your house who has never heard of the SDA
    technology and you want to show off your system,
    what cd are you going to play? Which cd's have the
    best SDA imaging?
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    Roger Waters - Amused to death
    * Paul Simon - Graceland
    * Alicia Keys - Songs in the Key of A (Whatever?)
    *Pink Floyd - Darkside of the Moon
    Deep Forrest - Both disks I have, not sure of the names
    *Shawn Mullins - Souls's Core
    Madonna - Ray of Light
    * the best to me

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    Some more that come to mind are any of Diana Krall's cd's and Linda Ronstadt with Nelson Riddle. Another one that's really well defined is Karen Carpenter's "I Can Dream Can't I?" from the "Horizon" cd - very well recorded! Bob James' "We're All Alone" from his "Heads" cd has great definition. And Deodato's "Theme from 'Star Trek'" on his "Very Together" cd will impress anyone!
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    Thanks for the info. I have Diana Krall's Live dvd, have
    you compared that to her cd's for imaging? I get
    great imaging from speaker to speaker, what I
    have trouble getting is imaging from outside my speakers.
    I get it on Dark side of the moon, especially track 2 but
    I'd like to hear more.
    Mike
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    Mike,

    Get a seperate amp & pre/amp.

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    Jesse,
    I may in the future but for right now, I have to use
    my SDA's in a home theatre setup and use a
    5:1 receiver. Someday I may set them up in a
    stereo setup with seperates amps. I'm very happy
    with the way they sound but I would like to hear
    more imaging from outside the speakers. I'm sure more
    power would help with the SDA affect. Do you regularly
    get the SDA imaging outside your speakers?
    Mike
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    It depends on the recording, but mostly I'd have to say yes. Like I told you before the 2's are best at 6' apart. Just a idea...go to a hi-fi shop and act like you want to buy seperates, ask them to let you take them home to try out (they will want a credit card deposit) and see if you get more "effect." Next, return the stuff and start saving up to buy them.
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    Jesse,
    What kind of money are we talking about for seperates?
    How about used stuff on ebay? What kind of power
    do your seperates have?
    Thanks, Mike
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    Mike,

    We discussed alot of this via email about a month ago. I would think you could get some seperates on eBay for $1000-$2000.00.
    New, $2000/2500 and up. Rotel makes some nice stuff for reasonable money. I've got some vintage 1989 Sony ES seperates at @ 200 wpc. That was more than enough to drive my 2B's but, I want more to drive the 2.3TL's. The thing is seperates just get the job done better with clean power and the SDA's like clean power. Oh yeah, B&K is good too.
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    Jess,
    I do remember our conversation, unfortunately I did not
    save that email and I forgot the specifics of the
    equipment you have. Unless I hit the $122 million California
    lottery tonight, I won't be buying seperates for awhile.
    In the past 6 months, I've bought the Onkyo receiver,
    Polk SDA2's, CS400i center and 450 sub. They make a great
    HT setup and a damn good music setup. I'm having to compromise
    between music and movies. The U-571 dvd rocks my house
    and music dvd's sound awesome too. The seperates will have
    to wait but I would love to hear what kind of a difference they
    would make. Your idea to borrow some is an interesting one.
    Thanks, Mike
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    Unless I hit the $122 million California lottery


    I hear ya, bro!!!
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    2cents

    SEAL: any of his CD's, His voice is a dead center and the percussion effects are all over the place. Instrument seperation is very precise.

    Old jazz, like Oscar peterson and Lester young gives you such a overwhelming presence, it scares the crap out of you.

    Find some stuff your old lady likes too, this helps you out in keeping them and for any upgrades you may need. :)

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    Originally posted by jrausch
    2cents

    Old jazz, like Oscar peterson and Lester young gives you such a overwhelming presence, it scares the crap out of you.

    :)
    Any particular titles? I don't know anything about either one but want to try some.
    madmax

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    Thanks for the tips. I listened to Graceland yesterday and
    it was awesome. Diamonds on the soles of her shoes
    sounded great. It's eerie how the vocals get put dead
    center. On music dvd's, I can switch between stereo
    and surround and sometimes when I'm set to stereo,
    the vocals sound more centered than on surround
    even though the vocals on surround come out of the
    center channel!
    I don't have any Oscar Peterson but have lots of
    Monk, Coltrane and Miles. I'll try them out today.
    Mike
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