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  • jimclassjimclass Posts: 65
    edited October 2007
    I just got my first pair of SDA 2As (only took me 20 years). Tried various CDs, mostly rock music. Not as impressed at first as I had hoped. When I put on Peter Gabriel's UP album, it was like someone turned on the lights. The entire cd sounds like it was mixed for the SDA sound. really amazing. not his best record, but a really cool aural experience. Also, Beatles Yellow Submarine soundtrack re-release from late 90s (This is the only remixed Beatles music available besides LOVE.) Yellow Submarine cut has all this goofy ocean and submarine sound that swirls around you while the music holds on another sound space. Try it and see.
  • Disc JockeyDisc Jockey Posts: 1,027
    edited October 2007
    Statler Brothers - Flowers on the wall
    "The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage." Thucydides
  • dudeinaroomdudeinaroom Posts: 3,625
    edited October 2007
    jimclass wrote: »
    I just got my first pair of SDA 2As (only took me 20 years). Tried various CDs, mostly rock music. Not as impressed at first as I had hoped. When I put on Peter Gabriel's UP album, it was like someone turned on the lights. The entire cd sounds like it was mixed for the SDA sound. really amazing. not his best record, but a really cool aural experience. Also, Beatles Yellow Submarine soundtrack re-release from late 90s (This is the only remixed Beatles music available besides LOVE.) Yellow Submarine cut has all this goofy ocean and submarine sound that swirls around you while the music holds on another sound space. Try it and see.

    Throw in some Yes, Dire Staights, Paul Simon, Fleetwood Mac, or other stuff from around that time span most of it sounds pretty good.
  • jimclassjimclass Posts: 65
    edited October 2007
    I just listened to the Beatles LOVE cd on my SDA 2As for the first time. This is by far the best audio soundstage I've sampled yet. Sounds as big as an imax screen. And if you are a Beatles fan like me, it is a thrill to hear the Beatles with such clarity and sound stage quality. Some object to the "mashup" nature of the CD, but trust me it is well worth the listen. None of the Beatles cds sound like this on the SDAs.

    Question: can anyone out there tell me the differences between the SDA 2 and the SDA 2A? I have seen pics of SDA2 and SDA2A with different driver configurations, some with 2 drivers and one tweeter, some 3 drivers and one tweeter. Is there some literature about the product line?

    Thanks
  • hearingimparedhearingimpared Banned Posts: 21,473
    edited October 2007
    You should here the LP! It blows the CD away.
  • jimclassjimclass Posts: 65
    edited October 2007
    Thanks. I need to get the vinyl version. I did break out some LPs on my Rega 2, but a lot of that old vinyl just was not well pressed and lack bass. There are exeptions, of course. I don't have any new vinyl...gotta try some.
  • HeadphoneAddictHeadphoneAddict Posts: 17
    edited October 2007
    Handel's Messiah Conducted Hogwood by Academy of Ancient Music - This is what I took into the store in the mid 1980's when I demo'd my SDA CRS at the store and bought them on the spot.

    Very hard to find this recording. I sold it in 1991 during my divorce, and only found one on ebay last year!
  • hearingimparedhearingimpared Banned Posts: 21,473
    edited October 2007
    Handel's Messiah Conducted Hogwood by Academy of Ancient Music - This is what I took into the store in the mid 1980's when I demo'd my SDA CRS at the store and bought them on the spot.

    Very hard to find this recording. I sold it in 1991 during my divorce, and only found one on ebay last year!

    Awesome, could you please post the pressing numbers and label info?
  • HeadphoneAddictHeadphoneAddict Posts: 17
    edited October 2007
    Awesome, could you please post the pressing numbers and label info?

    I will get the info when I am back home, and post it.

    This was actually a very good CD in it's day, like it was mastered for evaluating soundstage, you can pinpoint the soloists' positions and yet it captures the size and ambience of the cathedral without smearing the vocals all over the place.

    It is mostly lacking in bass because of the venue and lots of harpsichord and violins. Back then i was a rabid vinyl lover and the store didn't have a working demo turntable, having had some kid snap the arm off an expensive Harmon Kardon. So, I'd bought the CD based on a magazine review and returned to the store with it, and the huge soundstage with proper placement of vocals bowled me over.

    These days kids buy 5.1 for that....
  • hearingimparedhearingimpared Banned Posts: 21,473
    edited October 2007
    I will get the info when I am back home, and post it.

    This was actually a very good CD in it's day, like it was mastered for evaluating soundstage, you can pinpoint the soloists' positions and yet it captures the size and ambience of the cathedral without smearing the vocals all over the place.

    It is mostly lacking in bass because of the venue and lots of harpsichord and violins. Back then i was a rabid vinyl lover and the store didn't have a working demo turntable, having had some kid snap the arm off an expensive Harmon Kardon. So, I'd bought the CD based on a magazine review and returned to the store with it, and the huge soundstage with proper placement of vocals bowled me over.

    These days kids buy 5.1 for that....


    Thank you sir,
    Joe
  • HeadphoneAddictHeadphoneAddict Posts: 17
    edited October 2007
    Handel's Messiah Conducted Hogwood by Academy of Ancient Music - This is what I took into the store in the mid 1980's when I demo'd my SDA CRS at the store and bought them on the spot.

    Very hard to find this recording. I sold it in 1991 during my divorce, and only found one on ebay last year!

    Trying to figure out the correct info to help others find this.

    First, bar code top right corner back of box that holds the 1:36.52 hour:min 2 CD set: (little 0) 28943 04882 (little 8)

    Second, a set of numbers above the bar code, and on the edge of jewel box disc 2: 430 488-2 [OH2]

    Publisher is either "Editions DE L'Oiseau - Lyre" or "The Decca Record Company Limited, London 1980, 1991" - the former is noted in the lt upper, lt lower and rt lower corner on the back & on the edge of the jewel box disc 2, the later is noted in the lt lower and rt lower corner.

    I can scan the box if this doesn't help.
  • mhw58mhw58 Posts: 359
    edited October 2007
    jimclass wrote: »
    I just listened to the Beatles LOVE cd on my SDA 2As for the first time. This is by far the best audio soundstage I've sampled yet. Sounds as big as an imax screen. And if you are a Beatles fan like me, it is a thrill to hear the Beatles with such clarity and sound stage quality. Some object to the "mashup" nature of the CD, but trust me it is well worth the listen. None of the Beatles cds sound like this on the SDAs.

    I've been playkng the Love dvd audio in 5.1 for months now, it's amazing
    in surround. I got the cd and played it yesterday and you're right, it's also incredible in stereo. VERY wide soundstage, fantastic job by the Martins on this project. I hope they remaster the entire Beatles catalog this way.
    Mike
    Fronts: SDA1C's
    Rears: SDA2's
    Center:CS400i
    Sub: PSW505
  • dagame27dagame27 Posts: 496
    edited October 2007
    I recently received an original stereo of Simon & Garfunkels "Sounds of Silence". A few of these songs have as wide a soundstage as I have ever heard.
    Chris

    Preamp: Anthem Pre 2L (Jan-Phillips Green)
    Processor: Onkyo Sc885
    Amp: B&K 200.5
    SACD/CD: Sony DVP-9000ES
    DVD/HD-DVD: Onkyo Hd-805
    Bluray: Sony Playstation 4
    Mains: Polk SDA SRS 2's
    Center/Surround: Cs400/Fxi 50
    MIT Terminator 2 and BW Silver Cables
    Phono Pre: NAD PP-2
    Turntable: Pro-ject 2 Xperience
  • hearingimparedhearingimpared Banned Posts: 21,473
    edited October 2007
    I have several S & G LPs and CDs and they are all gread SDA showcases.
  • sda2mikesda2mike Posts: 3,151
    edited October 2007
    any of the remastered by jimmy page, led zeppelin albums. was listening to IV, last night. very wide stage! you can really appreciate the different instruments. bonham's drums on black dog and when the levee breaks are standouts.


    and anything from pink floyd:cool: i'm biased of course;)

    mark knopfler...sailing to philadelphia is great on sda's....it would sound good on laptop spkrs, too i think
  • zingozingo Audiophile Posts: 11,837
    edited November 2007
    The latest Christina Aguilera "Back to Basics" is claimed to be recorded with attention paid to detail. Does this mean audiophile? I don't know. But her voice sounds amazing on a pair of SDAs, and that is all I care about. Try the track called "Hurt".
  • HeadphoneAddictHeadphoneAddict Posts: 17
    edited November 2007
    I want, NEED, someone to try that Handel's Messiah I recommended (try ebay) and tell me you agree with me about the mastering being done like it was made for SDA's.
  • zingozingo Audiophile Posts: 11,837
    edited November 2007
    I'll look for it HeadphoneAddict. I love that movement and would enjoy a good version of it.
  • Marty913Marty913 Posts: 760
    edited November 2007
    I was going through some older CD’s last night looking for a few new nuggets from the past to show off the Polk’s (SDA2) to some friends that are into the more laid back side of rock (70’s & 80’s born again hippies if you will). If you’re into that, you may want to try some of these. They are all incredible and generally appeal to a fairly wide audience.

    Poco – Magnolia (from the Crazy Eyes album)

    Robin Trower – Bridge of Sighs (a good one for SL2000 versus SL1000’s)

    Van Morrison – Into the Mystic

    Jackson Browne – Bright Baby Blues

    Cowboy Junkies (Angel Mine or anything from the Trinity Sessions)

    Brian Ferry & Roxy Music – Avalon, Slave to Love

    For 12 string electric fans (ie: the Byrds) – Roger McGuinn (Back From Rio album), Tom Petty’s Face In The Crowd, and anything from the Gin Blossoms.
    Sony 60'' SXRD 1080p
    Amp = Carver AV-705THX 5-Channel
    Processor = NAD T747
    Panasonic BD35 Blu-Ray
    Main = SDA-1C Studio with RD0s, spikes, XO rebuild, rings, I/C upgrade
    Center=Polk CS10, Surround = Athena Dipoles, Sub= Boston 12HO
    Music/Video Streaming = Netgear NEO550
    TT = Audio Technica
  • analog97analog97 Posts: 328
    edited November 2007
    For SDA's, try:

    1. Chilliwack- Dreams, Dreams, Dreams
    2. Barclay James Harvest- Octoberon
    3. Dennis Wilson- Pacific Ocean Blue
    4. Mott The Hoople- Mad Shadows

    These never made my Top 10 list, but they are all Top 10 listening.
  • SystemsSystems Posts: 14,998
    edited November 2007
    Wow, how does one begin, what a list.....
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  • SystemsSystems Posts: 14,998
    edited November 2007
    Larry Carlton, "what's your name"
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  • jimclassjimclass Posts: 65
    edited November 2007
    I have heard some great wide soundstages on my SDA 2As, but have yet to get the sense of "depth", where you can place instruments in 3D space with width and depth. The Compendium refers to binaural recording exposing that live, deep sound. Does anyone know of recordings they can recommend that show off that sense of depth as well as width?
  • SystemsSystems Posts: 14,998
    edited November 2007
    mralpha wrote: »
    Larry Carlton, "what's your name"

    posted this yesterday, but had the wrong song. the song is "sleepwalk" done by larry carlton!
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  • StevieBStevieB Posts: 249
    edited January 2008
    jimclass wrote: »
    I have heard some great wide soundstages on my SDA 2As, but have yet to get the sense of "depth", where you can place instruments in 3D space with width and depth. The Compendium refers to binaural recording exposing that live, deep sound. Does anyone know of recordings they can recommend that show off that sense of depth as well as width?

    I don't know how many people are into Ten Years After, but if you can get a hold of A Space in Time, it is an excellent example of what SDA is all about!
    McCormack DNA-1 Amp, Parasound Halo P5 Pre Amp, Denon DVD 2900 CD player, Adcom GDA 700 DAC, VPI Traveler TT with Denon 103R cartridge, Lounge Audio MKiii phono pre and Copla SUT, Polk SDA SRS 3.1 TL speakers, Tributaries series 8 IC's and speaker cable.
  • nmsnms Posts: 694
    edited January 2008
    Wynton Marsalis: Carnaval. Some solo trumpet accompanied with symphony. Well recorded, great soundstage (orchestra arrangement is a little different than usual, which makes it interesting to listen to).

    Produced in 1987, it's one of my dad's CDs.
    My system

    "The world is an ever evolving clusterf*ck." --treitz3
  • jimclassjimclass Posts: 65
    edited March 2008
    Try Peter Gabriel's Security album, specifically Lay Your Hands on Me. The soundscape is huge and encompassing. Plus it is a cool tune.
  • PartslingerPartslinger Posts: 1
    edited May 2008
    Hello all, Just joined Club Polk. I have a Pair of SDA-CRS+. Two of the best newer recordings I have heard, are Jack Johnson - On and On, and Silverchair - Young modern. The song "Those Thieving Birds" off of Young Modern, on the CRS+s' is simply amazing! I have never heard vocals so completely fill a room! The speakers completely dissapear! Anyone else heard this song on sda's? This is the song I play to get that "SDA smile" from friends. I love that look!!!
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