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Re: AVForums reference source material
« Reply #75 on: May 21, 2013, 08:17:10 PM »
I have to mention

2004 - Bowers & Wilkins - Very Audiophile New Recordings

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Allan Taylor ,Sara.K, Steve Strauss,Chris Jones ,Paul Stephenson

The recordings are immaculate,and the secret behind them is Stockfish Records
Final mixing is done on B&W Nautilus's (for audiophiles by audiophiles)
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Re: AVForums reference source material
« Reply #76 on: December 24, 2013, 05:21:50 AM »
OK. I just had a thought...

Any chance someone could compile a disk of high quality recordings that also serve to highlight particular system attributes? A sort of standard forum reference, if you will. I realise there'll be copyright issues, but has not stopped anyone so far (and it's for the greater good). Alternatively, we could agree on a set of discs that form a standard reference library. This, of course, extends to all formats.

did anyone ever get down to that compilation?

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Re: AVForums reference source material
« Reply #77 on: February 18, 2014, 07:41:11 PM »
You raise me high by Josh Groban on the David Foster hitman bluray.
When the bass and choir comes in it's so amazing. Lot of balls will be demanded from your system to give justice to the scene
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Re: AVForums reference source material
« Reply #78 on: March 09, 2014, 08:39:51 AM »

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Re: AVForums reference source material
« Reply #79 on: March 09, 2014, 09:16:18 AM »
did anyone ever get down to that compilation?

Sorry, I'm only seeing this now. No, there was never a compilation done. But now, with so many more members having joined (the OP was in 2007!), it should be easier to come up with one. Just to recap: it is about identifying tacks that are good for demonstrating or evaluating specific aspects of a music reproduction system.

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Can we make a list of recommended reference material, so that we can (mostly) be on the same page when describing our listening experiences? I just read a review here http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/showthread.php?postid=1140186#post1140186 and it struck me that there are 2 categories of listening material: (1) for showing off how nice a system sounds and (2) for evaluating system performance.

Now, Dianna Krall is seductive even on a ghetto blaster. She can make a poor system sound good. I believe this is because of the simple, uncomplex nature of the arrangements typically found on her recordings. But these types of recordings do nothing to challenge a system...

The reviewer I linked to above used cuts that are dynamically challenging and complex. And this is where the fun starts...

So, can we make up a list (preferebly not extensive) of tracks and/or albums that are useful for testing/evaluating particular aspects of system performance? Below is a thumbsuck of possible categories. I'm sure the more informed fellow members can refine and extend the categories.

Dynamics/Dynamic range
Low frequency extension
High frequency extension
Mid-range resolution
Colouration (bass/mid/high)
High-power compression
Low frequency integration (subwoofer)

If we could compile a list of source material that presents good testing material for these categories (or whatever categories we finally decide on), I'd be persuaded to invest in those exact CD's, DVD's, vinyl, etc. But please, let it also be good music .
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Re: AVForums reference source material
« Reply #80 on: March 09, 2014, 09:22:55 AM »
Perhaps we should first agree on a list of aspects of sound categories (anyone have a better/single word for me to use here?).

Then when we suggest a song/passage we can state what category we are proposing it for.

I'm thinking that this could result in a series of compilations, each having different songs for the same list of categories.
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Re: AVForums reference source material
« Reply #81 on: March 09, 2014, 04:16:19 PM »
How do you want the compilations to be presented?  As far as I can see there are 3 options

16 bit 44.1KHz CD
24 bit 96KHz DVD-Audio disc
24 bit 96KHz SACD
24 bit 96KHz and 192KHz FLAC file on a USB stick

Choices 2 and 3 require a compatible player, but the sound from DVD-Audio and a Hi-Res FLAC file is excellent

As to the content, I would suggest as much natural instruments and voices as possible.  Steer away from studio effects and gimmicks.  It does not all have to be classical music, there is solo guitar and folk music which is very good.  Some of the older recordings made by Dire Straits are well-recorded

Count me in to assist.  Next question - how do you want to distribute it?

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Re: AVForums reference source material
« Reply #82 on: March 09, 2014, 05:50:49 PM »
I'm sure that FLAC at 16 bit/44.1kHz and 24 bit/96kHz would be fine.

My initial idea was for a reference list, but of late I am thinking of having it on disc. However, this might cause us trouble. It is simple enough to discretely share copies of tracks  :shh: , but doing so on a large scale... hmmm...  :nono:
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Re: AVForums reference source material
« Reply #83 on: March 09, 2014, 05:52:21 PM »
Copying a 16Gb USB drive takes all of 5-8 minutes and you can do up to 5 at once

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Re: AVForums reference source material
« Reply #84 on: March 09, 2014, 05:58:57 PM »
Hehe... I didn't mean logistically... I meant ethically  :angel:
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Re: AVForums reference source material
« Reply #85 on: March 09, 2014, 06:53:54 PM »
....most people here own b&w's.....i dont think ethics are a problem really :point:
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Re: AVForums reference source material
« Reply #86 on: March 14, 2014, 08:51:34 AM »
....most people here own b&w's.....i dont think ethics are a problem really :point:

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Re: AVForums reference source material
« Reply #87 on: March 14, 2014, 08:55:16 AM »
You are not going to sell the recordings, nor are you going to broadcast them in public, so no law is being transgressed

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Re: AVForums reference source material
« Reply #88 on: December 22, 2014, 09:19:39 PM »
Boy & Bear - Lordy May - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQYMeccD-sw

The opening drum riff is goosebump material on a great system!
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Re: AVForums reference source material
« Reply #89 on: May 10, 2015, 08:21:02 AM »
Erykah Badu - Baduism Live is a good test for dynamic range....the drumming is fantastic. Some lightening fast bass lines too. Great soul-jazz cd imo. If the intro 'Rimshot' does not get you in the mood....then the cd is probably not your cup of tea.
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