reference material?

zuulzuul Posts: 170
edited May 10 in Music & Movies
what music do you use for reference when you get new gear? do you use the same albums? or do you change it up?

my go to is talking heads remain in light. been using that for almost 30 years. I know the album so well and have heard it played through so many set ups that at this point it's in my dna.

for the past several years I've added some other records.... I usually bust out Coltrane live in Seattle... sonic youth dirty... either burning spear Garvey's ghost dub or LKJ in dub. recently I've been using Radiohead and big star records as well.

since I've got thousands of albums typically when I get new gear I'll start with the above mentioned music and then for the next several weeks listen to the stuff that never goes out of rotation... like my top 200 let's say... then over time I just start listening to everything... but I'm pretty anal about only listening to stuff that's really familiar to me when auditioning or breaking in new gear...
speakers:
bowers & wilkins 685 S2
polk psw-10
components:
sonic frontiers line 1 preamp
sonic frontiers anthem amp 1
mac mini w/ audioquest jitterbug
teac ud-501 digital to analog converter
oppo dv-980h dvd/cd
interconnects:
monoprice
guzi
belkin gold series usb
speaker wire
audioquest type 4
power:
rhino-tek 1000w 15amp voltage regulator
vansevers 211 power cord
pangea ac-14 power cord
tubes:
amplifier: (2) NOS 1960 philco/lansdale 12AU7 (super rare!), (1) NOS 1967 mullard 12AX7, (4) 2016 svetlana hard blue EL-34
pre-amp: (6) E88CC/6922 ??? (haven't cracked the case yet to see what previous owner was running...) so for now they are mystery tubes.
misc:
JRiver Media Center 24
sanus 24" speaker stands
auralex acoustics subdude II
DeMoude Audio cylindrical bass traps
rf/emi/noise reduction caps for empty rca inputs.
Hall of Fame: [retired/sold]
polk monitor series 5jr+ w/ RDO194-1 upgraded tweeters
polk monitor series RTA 8T
kenwood kd-550 w/ SME 3009 Series III tonearm grado gold cartridge
adcom gfp-555II
marantz 2238b
luxman M-120A
technics sl-b10

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,450
    Lately it's been disc one of this album:

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    Got Dayens?
  • rburgess714rburgess714 Posts: 242
    Steely Dan - Aja
    Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
    Grateful Dead - Cornell 5/8/77
    Ryan Adams- Live at Carnegie Hall
    Dire Straits - Dire Straits
    Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
    Steel Pulse - Rastafarian Centennial
    Pixies - Surfer Rosa
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  • zuulzuul Posts: 170
    Steely Dan - Aja
    Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
    Grateful Dead - Cornell 5/8/77
    Ryan Adams- Live at Carnegie Hall
    Dire Straits - Dire Straits
    Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
    Steel Pulse - Rastafarian Centennial
    Pixies - Surfer Rosa

    I have all of those but for the Ryan Adams & Wilco... can't go wrong with the steely Dan. it's some of the most meticulously recorded music from the 20th century
    speakers:
    bowers & wilkins 685 S2
    polk psw-10
    components:
    sonic frontiers line 1 preamp
    sonic frontiers anthem amp 1
    mac mini w/ audioquest jitterbug
    teac ud-501 digital to analog converter
    oppo dv-980h dvd/cd
    interconnects:
    monoprice
    guzi
    belkin gold series usb
    speaker wire
    audioquest type 4
    power:
    rhino-tek 1000w 15amp voltage regulator
    vansevers 211 power cord
    pangea ac-14 power cord
    tubes:
    amplifier: (2) NOS 1960 philco/lansdale 12AU7 (super rare!), (1) NOS 1967 mullard 12AX7, (4) 2016 svetlana hard blue EL-34
    pre-amp: (6) E88CC/6922 ??? (haven't cracked the case yet to see what previous owner was running...) so for now they are mystery tubes.
    misc:
    JRiver Media Center 24
    sanus 24" speaker stands
    auralex acoustics subdude II
    DeMoude Audio cylindrical bass traps
    rf/emi/noise reduction caps for empty rca inputs.
    Hall of Fame: [retired/sold]
    polk monitor series 5jr+ w/ RDO194-1 upgraded tweeters
    polk monitor series RTA 8T
    kenwood kd-550 w/ SME 3009 Series III tonearm grado gold cartridge
    adcom gfp-555II
    marantz 2238b
    luxman M-120A
    technics sl-b10
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,622
    I almost always start with this album.

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    Usually this track.

    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,317
    :o :'(

    Wow that's powerful.
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,317
    Any others?
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,486
    I'm building a test track playlist post that I should share soon. It's a handful of tracks that are my go to for when I do shows and set up a system. Based off how well the system does with these songs I can usually tell how receptive any listeners will be.
    audiothesis.com/

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    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,622
    edited May 12
    FestYboy wrote: »
    Any others?

    Nope, that's all of them in the whole world.
    Except for Holly Cole, Sara K, Norah Jones, and that dishwater blonde Canadian chick who's married to Declan MacManus ;)

    EDIT: oh -- and Jazz at the Pawnshop. :p

    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,602
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    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers, Modwright LS100 (voltz), Simaudio 780D DAC
  • 11tsteve11tsteve Posts: 1,170
    Lately, my list has included:

    NIN..... Fragile

    Shovels & Rope..... O' Be Joyful

    Nathaniel Rateliff..... Falling Faster Than You Can Run

    smashing Pumpkins...... Siamese Dream

    Thelonious Monk....... The Riverside Tenor Sessions

    Zeppelin...... everything.

    I used Uncle Tupelo's No Depression or Springsteen's Born To Run to test out not-so-good recordings... Sometimes Morphine, sometimes Chet Baker for a different horn/male vocal approach.
    I have a couple of Dido, Laurie Anderson, and Bjork recordings I like for my style of female vocals.







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  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 2,979
    if you want audiophile reference recordings go to youtube and pull up show reports and equipment reports to see what music they are using.
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800, Usher R1.5
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra
    Speaker Cables: Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9, Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro, MG Audio Design Planus Cu2,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
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  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 12,362
    It might do you some justice to do some research on this forum. This topic has been covered extensively over the years with different thread titles. Some of them going into some really good discussions of why a particular recording(s) were used as a reference. There's some really good stuff buried in the depths of this forum.

    Use it to your advantage. You could probably print out a small novel with what's been written on this forum about this topic. FWIW.

    Tom
    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

    The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction.
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,317
    Happen to have an example, Tom?
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,602
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers, Modwright LS100 (voltz), Simaudio 780D DAC
  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 6,158
    edited May 12
    Allison Krauss and Union Station Live, Steely Dan Aja, especially the track Black Cow.
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,351
    I've played this CD,( I don't have the double album set) a hundred times over the years doing all kinds of things. Speaker testing, amp testing and CD player testing and outdoor activities to many to count.

    Like some other member said: Meticulous Recordings! ;)
    I was in my prime when all these albums came out so I do have a connection and memories to attach to them all.
    Greatest Hits (1978)

    Greatest Hits is a compilation album by Steely Dan, released in 1978. It has sold over two million units in the U.S. The double album includes tracks from the band's first six studio albums and includes a previously unreleased song, "Here at the Weste…
    Wikipedia
    Release year: 1978
    Genre: Jazz-Rock
    Label: MCA
    Artist: Steely Dan
    Songs
    Do It Again
    8:02
    Reelin' in the Years
    4:24
    My Old School
    5:46
    Bodhisattva
    5:18
    Show Biz Kids
    5:21
    East St. Louis Toodle-Oo
    2:46
    Rikki Don't Lose That Number
    4:42
    Pretzel Logic
    4:30
    Any Major Dude Will Tell You
    3:08
    Here In The Western World
    4:03
    Black Friday
    4:00
    Bad Sneakers
    3:17
    Doctor Wu
    3:57
    Haitian Divorce
    5:51
    Kid Charlemagne
    4:31
    Related albums
    See all (15+)

    A Decade of Steely Dan
    Steely Dan

    Gold
    Steely Dan

    Countdown to Ecstasy
    Steely Dan

    Pretzel Logic
    Steely Dan

    Gaucho
    Steely Dan
    Data from: Wikipedia · TiVo · Freebase
    Text under CC-BY-SA license
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • voltzvoltz Posts: 4,932
    I think I added a new one to Skip's list?

    Godsmack "Voodoo" B) it is recorder very nicely and really rocks those Siena's
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  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 4,388
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    I have used this album so much it is painful to listen to it.
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    Meh these were extra $70 as an open box item so it didn’t much to me either way:)

  • K_MK_M Posts: 1,014
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  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 6,949
    "Garvey's Ghost"??? What a classic. You don't hear that album mentioned very often. I bought that album in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 1976 the year it came out. Linton Kwesi Johnson - you gotta get "Forces of Victory"! another truly classic album. If you like those, try some U-Roy also, "Dread Inna Babylon" or "Natty Rebel." Anyway, back on track - I use Mark Knopfler's Shangri-La SACD and Norah Jones Come Away With Me SACD as my current go-to reference material. On vinyl, its been Knopfler's Tracker and Privateering.
  • zuulzuul Posts: 170
    edited May 19
    dromunds wrote: »
    "Garvey's Ghost"??? What a classic. You don't hear that album mentioned very often. I bought that album in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 1976 the year it came out. Linton Kwesi Johnson - you gotta get "Forces of Victory"! another truly classic album. If you like those, try some U-Roy also, "Dread Inna Babylon" or "Natty Rebel." Anyway, back on track - I use Mark Knopfler's Shangri-La SACD and Norah Jones Come Away With Me SACD as my current go-to reference material. On vinyl, its been Knopfler's Tracker and Privateering.

    I have hundreds of dub plates. the first record I ever got with my own money is burnin by the wailers. (pre bmw & the wailers). it was 1977... I was 8. I'll be 49 next week. been buying reggae records ever since. went almost strictly dub in my 20's but still listen to toasters... roots and 1st wave ska occasionally. All the LKJ records and all 3 LKJ in dub albums with great frequency. he's an amazing poet.

    I haven't heard that Norah Jones record. I'll have to check it.

    p.s.

    for the uninitiated but curious I have a beginners guide to dub posted here...
    speakers:
    bowers & wilkins 685 S2
    polk psw-10
    components:
    sonic frontiers line 1 preamp
    sonic frontiers anthem amp 1
    mac mini w/ audioquest jitterbug
    teac ud-501 digital to analog converter
    oppo dv-980h dvd/cd
    interconnects:
    monoprice
    guzi
    belkin gold series usb
    speaker wire
    audioquest type 4
    power:
    rhino-tek 1000w 15amp voltage regulator
    vansevers 211 power cord
    pangea ac-14 power cord
    tubes:
    amplifier: (2) NOS 1960 philco/lansdale 12AU7 (super rare!), (1) NOS 1967 mullard 12AX7, (4) 2016 svetlana hard blue EL-34
    pre-amp: (6) E88CC/6922 ??? (haven't cracked the case yet to see what previous owner was running...) so for now they are mystery tubes.
    misc:
    JRiver Media Center 24
    sanus 24" speaker stands
    auralex acoustics subdude II
    DeMoude Audio cylindrical bass traps
    rf/emi/noise reduction caps for empty rca inputs.
    Hall of Fame: [retired/sold]
    polk monitor series 5jr+ w/ RDO194-1 upgraded tweeters
    polk monitor series RTA 8T
    kenwood kd-550 w/ SME 3009 Series III tonearm grado gold cartridge
    adcom gfp-555II
    marantz 2238b
    luxman M-120A
    technics sl-b10
  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 6,949
    Very interesting. I was a record reviewer in the 70’s/ early 80’s and was sent a copy of Burnin’ when it came out by Island Records to review. Island Records later gave me four front row center tickets to see Bob Marley in May, 1978 (forty years ago next week). I saw Peter Tosh not long after. Saw Linton Kwesi Johnson in the 90’s, and a whole host of others thru the years. Still have a real good collection of reggae on vinyl. Not often I hear about someone who has a substantial collection like you. I still prefer that early stuff like Garvey’s Ghost. I’ll check out your guide to dub. Thanks
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