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  • emotiva!emotiva! Posts: 43
    edited December 2011
    The best one I have found so far is Madonna "Vogue" It separates so severely it is unnerving. Her voice in the intro is 10 feet to the right of the right speaker. the rest of the song is a splendid crossing of sounds far lft to far right and front to back. I've had folks point to sounds with eyes closed and it never fails to amaze them when their eyes open and they are pointing to the wall 10 feet away from a speaker. Have to hear it to believe the distance that can be achieved from a properly set up pair of sda's. My Kappa 9's do the same but not quite the distance and separation. (close though) Try it, you will hear the same!
  • SpiderMan1SpiderMan1 Posts: 10
    edited January 2012
    What do you mean ?
  • musky1963musky1963 Posts: 275
    edited January 2012
    Yello has amazing recordings. Very dynamic.
    Jeff
  • musky1963musky1963 Posts: 275
    edited January 2012
    Another good one is Mickey Hart-Planet Drum.
    Jeff
  • quadzillaquadzilla Posts: 1,545
    edited January 2012
    I started a google docs project to get all this onto one page, because, frankly, it's a PITA going through the entire thread to find all the recommendations. It's open to editing by anyone with the link. And the link is... https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Apz4Elg1rTmcdGpxZGZIN1VFZk1URFZCRkdxYXVNanc
    Stereo rig: couple speakers and stuff

    Home theater: bunch of speakers and a TV
  • chumliechumlie Posts: 8,428
    edited January 2012
    Great idea.
  • quadzillaquadzilla Posts: 1,545
    edited January 2012
    I'm taking a bit of liberty with this. In the "individual tracks" listing, anything listed as "many tracks" is getting moved to the album recommendations, as I'm familiar with several of the albums already listed, and not every track on some of those albums shows off the SDA effect. I'll do another update when I've gotten through the entire thread. I'm also adding a few of my own, like L.A. Woman by the Doors.
    Stereo rig: couple speakers and stuff

    Home theater: bunch of speakers and a TV
  • headrottheadrott Posts: 5,396
    edited January 2012
    Great idea in compiling the SDA playlist. Thanks Rob for the effort.

    Greg
    Relayer-Big-O-Poster.jpg
    Taken from a recent Audioholics reply regarding "Club Polk" and Polk speakers:
    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion." :\
    My response is: If you need 60 seconds to respond in one sentence, you probably should't be evaluating Polk speakers.....


    "Green leaves reveal the heart spoken Khatru"- Jon Anderson

    "Have A Little Faith! And Everything You'll Face, Will Jump From Out Right On Into Place! Yeah! Take A Little Time! And Everything You'll Find, Will Move From Gloom Right On Into Shine!"- Arthur Lee
  • evhudsonsevhudsons Posts: 1,172
    edited January 2012
    Thanks Quad, that is super cool!

    I'm checking to make sure I have everything on the list so far.

    Polk Audio SDA CRS+ (4.1TL by Trey, Larry's Rings)-
    SDA SRS2-Parasound HCA1500ax2/1000
    Yamaha xa1000-Celestion SL6S presence,- sl9 surround back
    NHTsuper1's surround
    Nad2700-sub, AdcomGFA-555 -Magnepan SMG
    Parasound 1500pre- Sofia "Baby" tube amp - Monitor Audio Silver RX2
    Marantz 2230/B&Kst140- outdoor B&W/Bose/Parasound/KefC75/c40/Polksub
    Technics 1200mk2
    Gamertag: IslandBerserker
    I am but a infinitesimally small point meeting the line of infinity in the SDA universe
  • quadzillaquadzilla Posts: 1,545
    edited January 2012
    nnnnnnnggggg.... all the posts with just a track name are filling me with an almost uncontrollable urge to find the poster and beat them to death with a fence post. That's why this is taking so long... finding the album some of these tracks are associated with takes a while.
    Stereo rig: couple speakers and stuff

    Home theater: bunch of speakers and a TV
  • headrottheadrott Posts: 5,396
    edited January 2012
    We can definately add Roxy Music - Avalon to the SDA list. The whole album is spectacular on SDA's, but especially the song India. It is very well recorded as well. Not to mention the album is extremely good. Please add this one Rob.

    Greg
    Relayer-Big-O-Poster.jpg
    Taken from a recent Audioholics reply regarding "Club Polk" and Polk speakers:
    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion." :\
    My response is: If you need 60 seconds to respond in one sentence, you probably should't be evaluating Polk speakers.....


    "Green leaves reveal the heart spoken Khatru"- Jon Anderson

    "Have A Little Faith! And Everything You'll Face, Will Jump From Out Right On Into Place! Yeah! Take A Little Time! And Everything You'll Find, Will Move From Gloom Right On Into Shine!"- Arthur Lee
  • quadzillaquadzilla Posts: 1,545
    edited February 2012
    headrott wrote: »
    We can definately add Roxy Music - Avalon to the SDA list. The whole album is spectacular on SDA's, but especially the song India. It is very well recorded as well. Not to mention the album is extremely good. Please add this one Rob.

    Greg

    Anyone with the link can edit the file. I make backups about once a week in case someone does something either dumb or just plain naughty.

    I've gotten a bit more done, but a huge list of nothing but artists/tracks is taking as much as an hour to hunt down the album for some of those. And some appear to have only been released as singles, but might appear on a "best of" or other album. So it is what it is. Feel free to pull any track listed as "released as single" and let me know if you have better luck than I did. Or I might come back to some of those after I get through the entire list.
    Stereo rig: couple speakers and stuff

    Home theater: bunch of speakers and a TV
  • bmbguybmbguy Posts: 420
    edited February 2012
    'New' SDA-2a owner here - less than 48 hours. I knew little to nothing of the SDA series a week ago, but after doing a little research, I was complete intrigued by the idea and simply couldn't pass up a great deal. And now I feel like I'm completely rediscovering my entire music collection.

    On the SDA effect, I have to concur with previous posters on music like Rush - Moving Pictures, particularly on "The Camera Eye" track. Always one of my favorite lesser-known Rush tunes, it really comes alive with the SDAs.

    Also concur with Yes, Close To The Edge -- all very good (of course, hey, it's Yes after all), but "Siberian Khatru" really stood out to me.

    Yesterday, just on a fluke, I tossed in my Blood, Sweat and Tears Greatest Hits CD and checked out a few tracks. At first, I thought the effect on "And When I Die" was pretty darned nice, and then the track ended. Then the horn intro on the next track, "Spinning Wheel", just walked up and smacked me upside the head.

    If anybody's got that old "Spinning Wheel" track, toss it in and just let those horns blow over you. Very nice.

    Thanks to all for the great suggestions. This new experience of my first really "good" speakers in 50+ years of stereo listening is like being reborn. I get to start all over at the beginning...what fun!
  • evhudsonsevhudsons Posts: 1,172
    edited February 2012
    Welcome to club polk!

    I had the same feeling when upgrading my sda speakers. last night I was playing some good sda list music, and had to double check to make sure my surrounds weren't on because I was running it in 2 channel. It's amazing how the music comes alive to become a huge private performance just for you.

    -Everett

    Polk Audio SDA CRS+ (4.1TL by Trey, Larry's Rings)-
    SDA SRS2-Parasound HCA1500ax2/1000
    Yamaha xa1000-Celestion SL6S presence,- sl9 surround back
    NHTsuper1's surround
    Nad2700-sub, AdcomGFA-555 -Magnepan SMG
    Parasound 1500pre- Sofia "Baby" tube amp - Monitor Audio Silver RX2
    Marantz 2230/B&Kst140- outdoor B&W/Bose/Parasound/KefC75/c40/Polksub
    Technics 1200mk2
    Gamertag: IslandBerserker
    I am but a infinitesimally small point meeting the line of infinity in the SDA universe
  • bmbguybmbguy Posts: 420
    edited February 2012
    If only I still had my younger, less abused ears...

    - Randy
  • quadzillaquadzilla Posts: 1,545
    edited February 2012
    OK, it's all caught up. Enjoy. I'll watch the thread for new posts.
    Stereo rig: couple speakers and stuff

    Home theater: bunch of speakers and a TV
  • bmbguybmbguy Posts: 420
    edited February 2012
    Added Yes "The Yes Album" to the list. Excellent SDA effects -- check out "Perpetual Change". Amazing.
  • bmbguybmbguy Posts: 420
    edited February 2012
    Sorry guys, but as I said, I'm completely rediscovering my (old) music collection with these SDA speakers. A very enjoyable experience.

    Any Little River Band fans out there? Add "Sleeper Catcher" to your playlist (added to master list).
  • TennManTennMan Posts: 1,008
    edited March 2012
    bmbguy wrote: »
    Sorry guys, but as I said, I'm completely rediscovering my (old) music collection with these SDA speakers. A very enjoyable experience.

    Any Little River Band fans out there? Add "Sleeper Catcher" to your playlist (added to master list).
    First Under The Wire is one of my favorite albums. Wish I had it on CD $$$. I hate to wear my vinyl out.
    SDA 2BTL · Sonicaps · Mills resistors · RDO-198s · New gaskets · H-nuts · Erse inductors · BH5 · Dynamat · Crossover upgrades by westmassguy
    Marantz 1504 AVR (front speaker pre-outs to Adcom 555)
    Adcom GFA-555 amp · Upgrades & speaker protection added by OldmanSRS
    Pioneer DV-610AV DVD/CD player
    SDA CRS+ · Hidden away in the closet
  • Toolfan66Toolfan66 Posts: 14,019
    edited March 2012
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  • bmbguybmbguy Posts: 420
    edited March 2012
    TennMan -- I know what you're sayin'. It was the LRB stuff and scarcity of CDs for albums like Diamantina Cocktail and First Under The Wire that got me started doing my own vinyl restoration. And listening to those things over and over on headphones while doing the restoration gave me an even greater appreciation for the music on those albums.

    Another entry for the SDA list: Bonnie Raitt's Grammy-award winning album, "Nick Of Time". Superbly recorded and mixed, and sounds spectacular on SDAs. Great stuff. If "Cry On My Shoulder" on the SDAs (with Crosby/Nash on background vocals!) doesn't give you goose bumps, you ain't breathin'.
  • xoaphexoxxoaphexox Posts: 246
    edited March 2012
    'Reflection' off of Tool's Lateralus is great, but I see it was already mentioned.

    Burson HA-160D > Adcom GFA-5802 > Polk SDA-SRS 1.2tl w/ Mye Sound Spikes, Mills/Sonicap XO, Larry's Rings, Dynamat Extreme, Cardas CCGR Binding Posts and Jumpers, Custom 10ga interconnect, Custom Gaskets, RDO-198
  • colddirtcolddirt Posts: 30
    edited April 2012
    Took Shadowfax - too far to whisper to audition my 3.1's..............then Al Dimeola - kiss my axe for the home audition!
  • transmastertransmaster Posts: 428
    edited April 2012
    My tastes in music are wide spread and can be a little on the strange side. What can I suggest. There is the only bright spot in the Beavis and Butthead do America Movie, Rob Zombie doing "Ratfinks, Suicide Tanks and Cannibal Girls" from his 2008 album Let Sleeping Corpses Lie. In the realm of Orchestral Metal, Nightwish, and Bless the Child, or Amaranth. Next The Art of Noise, their absolute best is The Seduction of Claude Debussy, track 3, Dreaming in Color will have your house moving on its foundations.

    Now we get into stuff that will teach you what SDA was designed for. The Tallis Scholars; they perform the music of Tallis, Palestrina, Sheppard, Byrd, Henry Tudor, etc, plain chant, Madrigals, English Anthems, and especially Masses. When possible the music is performed in the original location where it was first preformed. I Have not yet owned an SDA system but I had a very expensive 5.1 Klipsch system for my PC. Listening to the Tallis Scholars with such a system with recordings that are actually in surround sound is an incredible experience. To hear Church Music written by a young King Henry Vlll in the surviving halls and Cathedrals where his music was performed in his life time, sublime. If you want to make your SDA's happy go here:

    http://www.gimell.com/

    you can down load the recordings in various formats, Flac is one, and for a musical religious experience with your personal 5.1 system there is Surround Sound 5.1 FLAC. The site has CD quality samples so you can at least get a taste of what you are in for.
    Radio Station W7ITC
  • xoaphexoxxoaphexox Posts: 246
    edited April 2012
    Thanks for that Gimell link! I downloaded all the test files, I'm going to have some fun doing blind A/B comparisons with friends and family!

    Burson HA-160D > Adcom GFA-5802 > Polk SDA-SRS 1.2tl w/ Mye Sound Spikes, Mills/Sonicap XO, Larry's Rings, Dynamat Extreme, Cardas CCGR Binding Posts and Jumpers, Custom 10ga interconnect, Custom Gaskets, RDO-198
  • transmastertransmaster Posts: 428
    edited April 2012
    Xoaphexox I envy you, hearing Gimell's recordings for the first time is a religious experience. I have been a fan of Gimell's since the early 1980's.
    Radio Station W7ITC
  • transmastertransmaster Posts: 428
    edited April 2012
    A great series is the Buddha Bar compilations they are up to at least 12 volumes. Soft Jazz, Euro-Trance, ambient, NewAge, World fusion, etc can all be found on these recording. One that will stand out is Mars Lasar. His National Park series; The Music of Olympic National Park, Yosemite - Valley Of The Giants, and Tahoe Spirit are beautiful tone poems. Mars Lasar has an interesting series of recordings, Baby Escapes, intended for unborn babies, and Babyscapes: Safe In Sound/New Born, music for new born babies, His soft jazz is very tasty. Mars Lasar has 51 CD releases.
    Radio Station W7ITC
  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 6,082
    edited April 2012
    today i finally have had time to listen to my sda2 speakers. the first cd i listened to is kansas. oh my. BEAUTIFUL. very theater effects. WOW i may take the day off tomorrow n stay up all night....
    ...
    ...
    Randy in Maine
    CRS+ 198 tweeters. WMG upgraded crossovers.
    Larry's rings. Stands w/Polk Logo & Spiked nicely
    RTA15TL 198 tweeters. WMG upgraded crossovers.
    Larry's rings. Gloss tops shine. Spiked nicely
    Cs1000p-Yamaha-Parasound-Acurus
    MIT speaker cables-Pangea powercords
  • transmastertransmaster Posts: 428
    edited April 2012
    Holly Dunn, Why Wyoming, from her album Cornerstone
    Why Wyoming should be Wyoming's State song.
    Radio Station W7ITC
  • sheathensemblesheathensemble Posts: 73
    edited April 2012
    Burial - untrue . Very well done production, with a very 3 dimensional sound. The SDA effect and this album are very nice together.
    Speakers:
    Kinima G1 bookshelfs
    Kinima G3 Towers
    Kinima KC-3 center channel
    Polk SDA 1C's
    Polk Rtia5's (cherry)
    Polk RTI4's
    Blue sky media desk
    Yorkville ysm1p's
    JBL LSR4312sp subwoofer
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