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Re: Best songs to demo your system with - (with a spreadsheet):
« Reply #60 on: November 12, 2015, 08:21:16 PM »
Jip, great Liebert fan here as well.

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Re: Best songs to demo your system with - (with a spreadsheet):
« Reply #61 on: November 12, 2015, 08:49:38 PM »
Liebert    -  like him too    takes me back 20 years though.........

..................    take the time and listen to  this :)      Stefano Grondona   Tarrega  Capricho Arabe ....... on a good copy (Manger demo) this is stunning


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Re: Best songs to demo your system with - (with a spreadsheet):
« Reply #62 on: November 12, 2015, 10:27:16 PM »
Liebert    -  like him too    takes me back 20 years though.........

..................    take the time and listen to  this :)      Stefano Grondona   Tarrega  Capricho Arabe ....... on a good copy (Manger demo) this is stunning



I like all his songs. It's just strange that he isn't that much well known. But I guess its a good thing, they usually go commercial after fame.
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Re: Best songs to demo your system with - (with a spreadsheet):
« Reply #63 on: November 17, 2015, 07:16:57 PM »
JP870609, have thought long and hard for weeks on my contribution to your thread. I have ended up back at the initial track that I had in mind. Used it since the 2000s to evaluate components throughout my audiophile journey. I present to you my favourite test track, 'Lady be good' from Jazz at the pawnshop!
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Re: Best songs to demo your system with - (with a spreadsheet):
« Reply #64 on: November 17, 2015, 09:32:31 PM »
JP870609, have thought long and hard for weeks on my contribution to your thread. I have ended up back at the initial track that I had in mind. Used it since the 2000s to evaluate components throughout my audiophile journey. I present to you my favourite test track, 'Lady be good' from Jazz at the pawnshop!

Nice song!  :2thumbs:
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Re: Best songs to demo your system with - (with a spreadsheet):
« Reply #65 on: November 18, 2015, 02:40:49 AM »
well i have a specific bunch of tracks purely for demo and this is what i would put onto CD if i had to make a purely demo disc

1) Nils Lofgren - Keith dont go
2) Stevie Ray Vaughan - Tin Pan Alley
3) Brian Bromberg and Akira Jimbo - Brombo
4) Jaques Loussier Trio - Little Fugue In G minor
5) Julio Iglesias - Guajira/Oye Como Va
6) Yello - On the run
7) Dire Straits - Private Investigation
8) Diana Krall - Between the devil and the Deep Blue Sea
9) Diana Krall - My Love Is
10) James Newton Howard - Slippin Away
11) Livingston Taylor - Isnt She Lovely
12) Cyrill Lutzelschwab & Martin Hess - Boxenkiller
13) Vivaldi - the four seasons - Spring - Allegro

all of these are from various samplers and demo discs - but this is my specific collection that shows off every aspect of your system from transparency to clarity to visceral impact - ie any aspect you can think off, it's handled by one or more of these tracks so right now this is basically my current demo playlist

i can obviously chop and change when i get new stuff, or if i find something in my larger collection that demonstrates or illustrates some aspect of the system better than one of the tracks above

i just have to add that most of this stuff would be filed in the "Pretentious Audiophile Stuff" category as defined by Alternativeroute in this pic that he posted below  :giggle:  but most good demo stuff is filed into that category anyway 

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Re: Best songs to demo your system with - (with a spreadsheet):
« Reply #66 on: April 17, 2018, 02:20:17 PM »
Bumping this thread, I see people are still adding songs to the spreadsheet three years later. Well done keep it going!!  :clap:
Go add your song to the list, even if someone else already added it.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uK4w4ozjTk6GvU5qgaNKUtKAKAwt9rZVKmTlCMyQPvw/edit?usp=sharing
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Re: Best songs to demo your system with - (with a spreadsheet):
« Reply #67 on: April 17, 2018, 03:05:59 PM »
Updated.
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Re: Best songs to demo your system with - (with a spreadsheet):
« Reply #68 on: April 17, 2018, 04:31:03 PM »
I would definitely suggest the following:

Horowitz at the Met Enhanced, Remastered(BMG)
SERGEI RACHMANINOV - Prelude in G minor, Op. 23, No. 5 -
and the Frans Liszt Ballade no 2

This recording has it all from the delicate harmonics of the singing piano to thunderous crescendos.

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Re: Best songs to demo your system with - (with a spreadsheet):
« Reply #69 on: April 17, 2018, 05:18:14 PM »
And maybe another classical piece seeing that I am in that mindset now and also because it was  the was put forward in the past but I believe the recording is of interest is the:

Vivaldi's Four Seasons
BIS, Media Format: CD or Download, Mastering: DDD and Catalogue Number: BIS-CD275.

It is a recording with period instruments and if there is anything out of kilter in a system it will be exposed it with razor sharpness. Get it right and the beauty of this almost too well-known piece would be experienced as if you hear it for the 1st time.

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Re: Best songs to demo your system with - (with a spreadsheet):
« Reply #70 on: April 17, 2018, 05:49:45 PM »
Recently heard on other folks systems:

Guy Buttery - December Poems
Stef Bos - De Eenzaamheid



Bozz Skags - Thanks to You
Tok Tok Tok - Alone Again Naturally
Pink Floyd - Echoes: The Best Of - Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Pts. 1-7

For EDM:
Infected Mushroom - Vicious Delicious


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Re: Best songs to demo your system with - (with a spreadsheet):
« Reply #71 on: April 17, 2018, 06:09:26 PM »
I don't know if it has been mentioned here already, but the actual edition ("pressing") can have an influence on the fidelity of a recording. Like some albums are remastered in a way that makes it worse than the original. So, I suggest that there should be a digital compilation of the best versions of the recordings of these tracks.
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Re: Best songs to demo your system with - (with a spreadsheet):
« Reply #72 on: April 17, 2018, 06:49:58 PM »
George Benson - love of my life


Excellent acoustics , bass and vocals

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Re: Best songs to demo your system with - (with a spreadsheet):
« Reply #73 on: April 17, 2018, 07:39:23 PM »
2xHD remaster of Henry Mancini's The Pink Panther.
No jokes, nice showcase tune.
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Re: Best songs to demo your system with - (with a spreadsheet):
« Reply #74 on: April 17, 2018, 09:38:54 PM »
George Benson - love of my life


Excellent acoustics , bass and vocals

I love that track as well as the rest of that entire "Love Remembers" album .... it was George Benson at his different yet familiar smooth jazz best and it was a far cry from his more familiar "disco" style funk and old school R&B performances .... there are other tracks on that album that will also draw out the best of any system

also check out "The World  Is A Ghetto" from his "In Flight" album - this one has my feet tapping and head moving around like one of those Bobble-head dolls   :groovy:  :point: .... it is one of the most musical tracks i know if you are into that genre of music