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Also see thread - http://www.head-fi.org/t/108584/the-best-audiophile-tracks-to-test-equipment

 

This is going to be a list of reference recordings that we can all use to demo not only our headphones, but any part of our systems - speakers, amps, etc.

 

STARTING OFF:

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Pink Floyd - The Wall

2 CD's Housed in Fat Box

Catalog Numbers (all have same mastering):

CDCBS 88485 (CBS Austria DADC-A)
C2K 36183 (Columbia 1985 US/Japan 2-3 Denon)
C2K 36183 (Columbia 1986 US 4-5 DADC)
CDCBS 88485 (CBS 1985 Australia/Japan 2 Sony)
50DP 361/62 (CBS/Sony 1985 Japan 1)
48DP 5007/08 (CBS/Sony 1988 Japan 2)

 

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Pink Floyd - Dark Side of The Moon

1 CD

Catalog Numbers:

CDP 7 46001 2 (Harvest 1984 UK / Japan a Sony)
CDP 7 46001 2 (Harvest 1984-86 US/Japan 1 Sony)

CDP 7 46001 2 (Harvest 1984-86 US / Japan a Sony)
CDP 7 46001 2 (Capitol 1986 US/Japan 2-4 Toshiba)

CDP 7 46001 2 (Capitol 1986 US / Japan 2-4 Toshiba)
CP35-3017 matrix 1A1 no TO (Toshiba-EMI 1983-86 Japan 1 Sony) 

CP35-3017 matrix 1A1 no TO (Toshiba-EMI 1983-86 Japan a Sony)

 

Alternatives:

SACD Hybrid (SACD LAYER ONLY - CD LAYER IS COMPRESSED!)

Catalog Numbers:

CDP 7243 5 82136 2 Jan.-US (Capitol 2003 US Crest SACD)
TOGP 15001 (Toshiba-EMI/Sony 2003 Japan SACD)

 

can we get a ranking for these, just asking

 


 

 

Another Reference Recordings List (mostly Red Book CDs in no particular order and a few just for fun) by jazzfan

 

 

Seq Name Artist Album Genre Track # Duration Bit Depth Sample Rate Date
1 Jamaica Heartbeat Acoustic Alchemy Back On The Case Jazz 2 5:33 16 44100 Hz 1991
2 Tension Blue Man Group Audio Rock 6 2:05 16 44100 Hz 1999
3 Lester Leaps In Bucky Pizzarelli Swing Live Jazz 1 8:24 16 44100 Hz 2001
4 Lime House Blues Bucky Pizzarelli Swing Live Jazz 7 9:39 16 44100 Hz 2001
5 The Auction Charles Gross & Windham Hill Artists Country Soundtracks 11 4:51 16 44100 Hz 1984
6 Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing Chris Isaak Forever Blue Rock 1 2:54 16 44100 Hz 1995
7 Why the Dolphin Smiles Craig Chaquico A Thousand Pictures New Age 2 4:16 16 44100 Hz 1996
8 Navajo Stars Craig Chaquico A Thousand Pictures New Age 3 6:20 16 44100 Hz 1996
9 I Love Being Here With You Diana Krall Live In Paris Female Vocal 1 5:12 16 44100 Hz 2002
10 East of the Sun (And West of the Moon) Diana Krall Live In Paris Female Vocal 5 5:58 16 44100 Hz 2002
11 Money For Nothing Dire Straits Brothers In Arms (20th Anniversary Edition - SACD) Rock 2 8:25 16 44100 Hz 1985
12 Your Latest Trick Dire Straits Brothers In Arms (20th Anniversary Edition - SACD) Rock 4 6:33 16 44100 Hz 1985
13 Ride Across The River Dire Straits Brothers In Arms (20th Anniversary Edition - SACD) Rock 6 6:58 16 44100 Hz 1985
14 Hotel California Eagles Hell Freezes Over Rock 6 7:12 16 44100 Hz 1994
15 Tricotism Eddie Daniels Chesky 10th Ann Sp Ed - CD1 Jazz 6 2:56 16 44100 Hz 1996
16 Signe Eric Clapton Unplugged Rock 1 3:13 16 44100 Hz 1992
17 Hey Hey Eric Clapton Unplugged Rock 3 3:16 16 44100 Hz 1992
18 Layla Eric Clapton Unplugged Rock 7 4:46 16 44100 Hz 1992
19 T. Rex!* Erich Kunzel & The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Great Fantasy-Adventure Album Soundtracks 3 0:54 16 44100 Hz 1994
20 Jurassic Park: Main Themes Erich Kunzel & The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Great Fantasy-Adventure Album Soundtracks 4 5:24 16 44100 Hz 1994
21 Chant Fourplay Between The Sheets Jazz 1 6:25 16 44100 Hz 1993
22 Heavy Blue Gerard D' Angelo Trio Not What My Hands Have Done Jazz 3 3:27 16 44100 Hz 2000
23 La Pardida Gerard D' Angelo Trio Not What My Hands Have Done Jazz 7 5:43 16 44100 Hz 2000
24 Hidden Track Hidden Track Mapleshade's Music Festival Jazz 14 1:35 16 44100 Hz 2000
25 Hunger Hans Zimmer & Baaba Maal Black Hawk Down OST Soundtracks 1 6:35 16 44100 Hz 2001
26 The battle Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard Gladiator Soundtracks 3 10:02 16 44100 Hz 2000
27 Now We Are Free Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard Gladiator Soundtracks 17 4:14 16 44100 Hz 2000
28 Drum Solo by Dirk Sengotta Henrik Freischlader Henrik Freischlader Band Live - Disc Two Blues 3 6:43 16 44100 Hz 2008
29 The Firebird - Finale Igor Stravinsky Tutti! Orchestral Sampler Classical 5 2:54 16 44100 Hz 1997
30 Limehouse Blues Jazz At The Pawnshop Jazz At The Pawnshop (Disc 1) Jazz 1 9:40 16 44100 Hz 1984
31 High Life Jazz At The Pawnshop Jazz At The Pawnshop (Disc 1) Jazz 3 7:16 16 44100 Hz 1984
32 Rock You Gently Jennifer Warnes The Hunter Female Vocal 1 4:24 16 44100 Hz 1992
33 Way Down Deep Jennifer Warnes The Hunter Female Vocal 8 5:45 16 44100 Hz 1992
34 Viva Jesse Cook Free Fall New Age 5 4:21 16 44100 Hz 2000
35 Mario Takes a Walk Jesse Cook Gravity New Age 1 3:49 16 44100 Hz 1996
36 Into the Dark Jesse Cook Gravity New Age 5 4:17 16 44100 Hz 1996
37 You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To Jim Hall Concierto (Remaster) Jazz 1 7:07 16 44100 Hz 1975
38 "Sinfonia in D Vivace" Johan Helmish Roman 3 Violin Concetos - 3 Sinfonias Classical 1 2:12 16 44100 Hz 1985
39 "Sinfonia in D Adagio" Johan Helmish Roman 3 Violin Concetos - 3 Sinfonias Classical 2 0:35 16 44100 Hz 1985
40 "Sinfonia in D Allegro assai" Johan Helmish Roman 3 Violin Concetos - 3 Sinfonias Classical 3 0:54 16 44100 Hz 1985
41 "Sinfonia in D Allegro staccato" Johan Helmish Roman 3 Violin Concetos - 3 Sinfonias Classical 4 0:36 16 44100 Hz 1985
42 Drum Record - Jim Keltner Keltner/Tutt The Sheffield Track Record/The Sheffield Drum Record Demo Music 6 7:09 16 44100 Hz 1982
43 Chitlins Con Carne Kenny Burrell Midnight Blue [RVG Edition] Jazz 1 5:30 16 44100 Hz 1999
44 O-Daiko (Big Drum) Kodo Heartbeat Drummers of Japan World 2 6:12 16 44100 Hz 1985
45 War [Binaural] Lenny White, Jamey Haddad & Mark Sherman Explorations in Space and Time Demo Music 3 5:46 24 88200 Hz 2011
46 Long Distance [Binaural] Lenny White, Jamey Haddad & Mark Sherman Explorations in Space and Time Demo Music 9 5:35 24 88200 Hz 2011
47 Rosario Manhattan Jazz Quintet Angel Eyes Jazz 3 4:11 16 44100 Hz 1987
48 Angel Massive Attack Mezzanine Electronica 1 6:20 16 44100 Hz 1998
49 Inertia Creeps Massive Attack Mezzanine Electronica 4 5:56 16 44100 Hz 1998
50 Recorda Me McCoy Tyner New York Reunion Jazz 1 9:48 24 96000 Hz 1991
51 Miss Bea McCoy Tyner New York Reunion Jazz 2 7:08 24 96000 Hz 1991
52 A Quick Sketch McCoy Tyner New York Reunion Jazz 7 10:35 24 96000 Hz 1991
53 Home McCoy Tyner New York Reunion Jazz 8 10:58 24 96000 Hz 1991
54 Because It's There Michael Hedges Windham Hill Records Sampler '88 New Age 6 3:16 16 44100 Hz 1988
55 Psychopump Mickey Hart, Airto & Flora Purim Dafos World 5 4:24 16 44100 Hz 1985
56 The Gates of Dafos Mickey Hart, Airto & Flora Purim Dafos World 7 4:04 16 44100 Hz 1985
57 Dance Of The Tumblers Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov Tutti! Orchestral Sampler Classical 1 3:48 16 44100 Hz 1997
58 Don't Know Why Norah Jones Come Away With Me Female Vocal 1 3:06 16 44100 Hz 2002
59 Lonestar Norah Jones Come Away With Me Female Vocal 8 3:06 16 44100 Hz 2002
60 Last Train Home Pat Metheny Group Still Life (Talking) Jazz 3 5:41 16 44100 Hz 1987
61 The Beat Goes On Patricia Barber Companion Female Vocal 1 5:27 16 44100 Hz 1999
62 Use Me Patricia Barber Companion Female Vocal 2 6:32 16 44100 Hz 1999
63 Touch of Trash Patricia Barber Companion Female Vocal 5 4:48 16 44100 Hz 1999
64 Regular Pleasures [Patricia Barber] Patricia Barber Verse Female Vocal 7 5:44 16 44100 Hz 2002
65 On the Run Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon (Digital Remaster 2003) Rock 3 3:50 16 44100 Hz 1973
66 Time Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon (Digital Remaster 2003) Rock 4 6:49 16 44100 Hz 1973
67 Another Brick in the Wall (Part 1) Pink Floyd The Wall - Disc 1 Rock 3 3:10 16 44100 Hz 1979
68 The Happiest Days of Our Lives Pink Floyd The Wall - Disc 1 Rock 4 1:51 16 44100 Hz 1979
69 Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) Pink Floyd The Wall - Disc 1 Rock 5 4:00 16 44100 Hz 1979
70 The Witch Rebecca Pidgeon The Raven Female Vocal 2 2:46 24 88200 Hz 1999
71 Spanish Harlem Rebecca Pidgeon The Raven Female Vocal 12 3:35 24 88200 Hz 1999
72 Various Artists - 01 - Roaring of the Tiger and Dragon-Longtenghuyue Roaring of the Tiger and Dragon-Longtenghuyue 31th Taipei International Hi-End Show - Audiophile Collection Vol. 7 Demo Music 1 3:36 16 44100 Hz 2010
73 Kaaruwana Robert Rich Medicine Box Electronica 2 6:18 16 44100 Hz 2011
74 Wishing Well Schonherz and Scott Windham Hill Records Sampler '88 New Age 1 4:50 16 44100 Hz 1988
75 Shpongle Falls Shpongle Are You Shpongled? Electronica 1 8:33 16 44100 Hz 1998
76 Slice of Life : Jinji's Magic Bottle Special EFX Slice Of Life Jazz 8 3:13 16 44100 Hz 1986
77 Desafinado Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd Jazz Samba Jazz 1 5:50 24 192000 Hz 1997
78 Audio Anarchist & Ralph the Christmas Dog / Channel Identification Stereophile Stereophile Test CD1 Test Signals 2 0:27 16 44100 Hz 1990
79 Audio Anarchist & Ralph the Christmas Dog / Channel Phasing Stereophile Stereophile Test CD1 Test Signals 3 0:36 16 44100 Hz 1990
80 1 KHz / one third octive warble tone at -20dB Stereophile Stereophile Test CD1 Test Signals 20 1:01 16 44100 Hz 1990
81 Stereophile / Pink Noise at -20dBFS L+R (uncorrelated from 0:42) Stereophile Stereophile Test CD2 Test Signals 15 1:24 16 44100 Hz 1992
82 Texas Flood (Live Video Version) Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble Blues At Sunrise Blues 7 9:43 16 44100 Hz 2000
83 Call It Stormy Monday Stevie Ray Vaughan & Albert King In Session Blues 1 9:00 24 192000 Hz 2011
84 Papa Legba Talking Heads True Stories Rock 4 5:56 24 96000 Hz 1986
85 These Bones The Fairfield Four I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray Gospel 2 3:46 16 44100 Hz 1997
86 Squib Cakes Tower Of Power Direct Funk 3 7:55 16 44100 Hz 1981
87 Drum set Rock beat 1 Unknown Artist Percussion Demo and System Condition Disc Demo Music 1 2:04 16 44100 Hz 2006
88 Random percussion instruments 1 Unknown Artist Percussion Demo and System Condition Disc Demo Music 3 2:55 16 44100 Hz 2006
89 Random percussion instruments 2 Unknown Artist Percussion Demo and System Condition Disc Demo Music 8 6:00 16 44100 Hz 2006
90 Percussion Imaging Test Various Artists Head-Fi and HDtracks presents Open Your Ears Demo Music 9 9:31 24 96000 Hz 2010
91 Heartbeat Various Artists Head-Fi and HDtracks presents Open Your Ears Demo Music 11 1:30 24 96000 Hz 2010
92 In a Mellow Tone Various Artists The Ultimate Demonstration Disc Volume 2 Demo Music 1 5:33 24 96000 Hz 2008
93 Speak Like a Child Various Artists The Ultimate Demonstration Disc Volume 2 Demo Music 2 7:20 24 96000 Hz 2008
94 Club Descarga Various Artists The Ultimate Demonstration Disc Volume 2 Demo Music 4 6:57 24 96000 Hz 2008
95 Young Girl's Heart Various Artists The Ultimate Demonstration Disc Volume 2 Demo Music 5 5:09 24 96000 Hz 2008
96 My Foolish Heart Various Artists The Ultimate Demonstration Disc Volume 2 Demo Music 6 6:26 24 96000 Hz 2008
97 Little Wing Various Artists The Ultimate Demonstration Disc Volume 2 Demo Music 7 3:02 24 96000 Hz 2008
98 Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra 3rd Movement Various Artists The Ultimate Demonstration Disc Volume 2 Demo Music 10 5:52 24 96000 Hz 2008
99 The News Vince Benedetti Meets Diana Krall Heartdrops Jazz 1 5:03 16 44100 Hz 2003
100 Detroit Blues (music L. Eckinger) Vince Benedetti Meets Diana Krall Heartdrops Jazz 3 6:29 16 44100 Hz 2003
101 Autumn Leaves Warren Bernhardt So Real Jazz 1 7:36 16 44100 Hz 2001
102 I Mean You Warren Bernhardt So Real Jazz 5 5:48 16 44100 Hz 2001
103 Bumpin' Wes Montgomery Bumpin' Jazz 1 6:51 16 44100 Hz 1965
104 TV Adventure Themes Erich Kunzel & The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Bond & Beyond Soundtracks 9 12:08 16 44100 Hz 1991
105 Chapter 1: La Strega (Her Journey To The Grand Ball) Andreas Vollenweider Book Of Roses New Age 1 1:02 16 44100 Hz 1992
106 Chapter 1: The Grand Ball Of The Duljas Andreas Vollenweider Book Of Roses New Age 2 1:46 16 44100 Hz 1992
107 Chapter 1: Morning At Boma Park Andreas Vollenweider Book Of Roses New Age 3 3:16 16 44100 Hz 1992

 

 


 

Comments (2)

How about some Steely Dan?! The original CDs with back cover album art. Bonnie Raitt's "Luck of the Draw" is excellent as well. And my personal favorites are David Benoit's Freedom at Midnight and Every Step of the Way albums and David Gates' Goodbye Girl album under Wounded Bird Records release. And no list would be complete without Alan Parsons Project. Specifically his gold edition "Works" CD, which has better 24-bit mastering and clarity. All very pristine, well mixed, dynamic albums... And regarding Steely Dan and possibly others, do not use any of the remastered editions. They are merely dynamically compressed.
Personally I find Sigur Ros' music to be excellent to test the "flexibility" of headphones or speakers, as it can completely change dynamics multiple times in just seconds, yet it's not "analytical" music, it's hauntingly beautiful music that (assuming you have a good recording) is just unable to be described. I've been using their Aegaetis Byrjun album since its release as my foremost "reference" album....
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