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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 20,001
    We saw 'em in Boston someplace (maybe the Wang, but I don't think so...) years ago & enjoyed it a lot.
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,498
    edited September 2018
    Blue Man Group - "Piano smasher" will make your speaks sound 10 feet deep. It amazes me when these little 5.25" drivers reproduce that depth and scale of bass.
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,839
    OH YEA... :D B)

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  • rooftop59 wrote: »
    rooftop59 wrote: »
    I don't know if I have caught my stride just yet with specific reference tracks. Are there some that I listen to more than often...yes but it changes. How's It Going To Be by Third Eye Blind is pretty damn well recorded in my opinion.

    Is that from the debut album? I never cared for it but one of the BEST drummers I played with in college loved the sound of the drum kit so much that he contacted the drummer and bought the exact same kit...I listened to it recently and it does have good sound quality!

    Yup debut self titled album. The band as a whole...meh but I like these one hit wonders that take me back to simpler times...being young and all.

    Man how old were you when that album came out? must've still been in diapers lol. You've clearly got a MUCH better memory than I do.

    I was 5 based on when I read the album came out. Not saying that I remember when the album dropped XD. More of I remember listening to it in the car with my Mom and sisters. Probably around 7 or 8 years old if I remember the time correctly.

    Memory isn't too great but music brings some things back like a vivid picture.
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  • WLDockWLDock Posts: 2,263
    edited September 2018
    The Art of Noise Moments in love.
    Now that cut takes me back to college days, my college sweetheart, dimly lit room with that cut, or soft jazz like the Dave Sanborn "Double Vision" album playing in the background, my first CD player, etc. I Love it!

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  • I’m also waiting for Skip’s 2 channel audio insights. Meanwhile regular viewers suspect I know little about audio subtleties & appreciation. (They are correct)
    I bought one system & stuck with it, I have a few go to songs.

    Many of you are streaming, you may like one of these.
    Dark Star by Polica, album Give You The Ghost.
    Legendary by Welshly Arms
    Higher by Edenbridge, Solitaire
    The Good Stuff, Schuyler Fisk, The Good Stuff
    Dreams Like Oceans, Meg & Dia, It’s Always Stormy In Tilamook
    Where The Lillies Die, IO Echo, Ministry of Love
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  • spongersponger Posts: 303
    edited September 2018
    I really enjoyed some of these suggestions that sounded to me notably realistic despite being compressed for streaming services. I can't say that I would listen to them for leisure, instead more for analytical purposes. So in my case it would be self-defeating to use them as reference tracks since I think familiarity can't be overstated when assessing output quality. It humbles me to say my reference tracks are the typical pop rock and probably overdubbed casualties of the loudness wars. However--and unfortunately for audiophiles--I guess that defines a practical business model for even the hi-fi speaker / hardware manufacturers. The other day I strolled into Magnolia to audition B&Ws that were on sale and low-and-behold the house sample tracks consisted of Jack White and Dave Matthews among other comparatively unremarkable tracks for critical listening. The McIntosh / Martin Logan set-up in the next room was playing the Eagles. So, that said, I feel more comfortable adding Radiohead's Jigsaw to this list. The acoustic guitar can easily be too clicky and scratchy if something is amiss. The drums should sound subdued like a classic jazz track. Electric and acoustic guitars complement each other throughout, and the more differentiation the better IMO.
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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 1,459
    sponger wrote: »
    I really enjoyed some of these suggestions that sounded to me notably realistic despite being compressed for streaming services. I can't say that I would listen to them for leisure, instead more for analytical purposes. So in my case it would be self-defeating to use them as reference tracks since I think familiarity can't be overstated when assessing output quality. It humbles me to say my reference tracks are the typical pop rock and probably overdubbed casualties of the loudness wars. However--and unfortunately for audiophiles--I guess that defines a practical business model for even the hi-fi speaker / hardware manufacturers. The other day I strolled into Magnolia to audition B&Ws that were on sale and low-and-behold the house sample tracks consisted of Jack White and Dave Matthews among other comparatively unremarkable tracks for critical listening. The McIntosh / Martin Logan set-up in the next room was playing the Eagles. So, that said, I feel more comfortable adding Radiohead's Jigsaw to this list. The acoustic guitar can easily be too clicky and scratchy if something is amiss. The drums should sound subdued like a classic jazz track. Electric and acoustic guitars complement each other throughout, and the more differentiation the better IMO.

    I agree and that’s what this thread was started for. My moving target is my downfall. I still have old favs like Peter Gabriel and Floyd that I’ve listened to thousands of times and are very familiar with all the sounds, but I don’t want to miss anything out of principle so I changed it up with that Angus Stone song. Which btw is more and more becoming one of those “further down the rabbit hole” tracks. Seems very simple at the offset but has such subtle recording nuances it’s ridiculous.
    It’s funny how we all have our favs but then someone gives us new ref tracks and we try them, sometimes abandoning ones we could write in our sleep. But that’s the beauty of music.



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  • Roundabout from the Yes Fragile album. I’m showing my age.
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 1,459
    So I’m digging the heck out of the imaging in this track. I first heard it on HBO’s Sharp Objects and dug it. What do you guys think? Towards the end of the track there is a noise that goes left to right and I swear it’s right in front of my forehead.

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  • verbverb Posts: 4,472
    Well I just found this thread! Thanks Joe for bumping it! Lot's of stuff to go through, which is cool. Love the comments on BMG, as I just recently seen em for the first time in Vegas! Bought a couple of their albums since!
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,839
    edited January 9
    I've had that CD for years now. Played it about a month or two ago to demo their sound to one of my old friends.

    Rods and Cones...#5 I think... ;) B)
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,839
    Maybe the show you saw was this one. "Rods and cones" in the Venetian. B)
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  • WillowWillow Posts: 9,230
    Roundabout from the Yes Fragile album. I’m showing my age.

    Really like the bass line in this song.
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