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post #136 of 141
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The Paul Berner album/download ''Road to Memphis''(Sound Liaison) is my go to album  at the moment,for soundstage depth and cable,preamp etc. comparisons.

The album is sublimely well recorded (and well played too).

For speaker placement it is perfect because of the very clear placement of the instruments.

Guitarists, Pieter Teehuis and Ed Verhoef, are placed one left and  one right,reed player Michael Moore,

placed slightly off center to the left and Paul Berners bass slightly  to the right.

The download has no compression, to my ears, and is covering the whole range from a whisper(Moore)to a roar(Teehuis).

The recording has been done live in front of a small studio audience,and because of that,one can occasionally hear a cough or a sniff, but that all adds to the very realistic experience one gets from this album.

The deep but well defined bass of Paul Berner really shines on my Sennheiser HD800,makes me wonder why people call these headphones too analytical,this album just sound gorgeous on the HD800.

(but on the other hand when listening to the Hi-res version of ''Layla'' from Derek and the Dominos,Eric Clapton and Duane Allman,  I did find myself being a bit analytical and hurried to put the old L.P.version on.)

There is no drums on this album,and because of that , one can really hear how much air( treble) there is hidden in the sound of a well recorded upright bass,my old Phillips hp 8900,and Sennheiser hd 520 which are decent headphones, all things considered,does show their shortcomings here.

The album is true studio master,direct  one to one copy of the studio mix,24bit,96khz,download and only available straight from the Sound Liaison web site.

 

I just listened to the album you mentioned and compared it to Country Boy, The Devil and Elvis Presley which (I'm not if you've heard but) is basically the same thing except with more songs and an alternative mix and imo it sound much more airy, clear and less over produced than the later which sounds less realistic and feels like it is missing some of the subtle details that I can hear in the other album..

post #137 of 141

I prefer the studio master version,''Road to Memphis'' it is more realistic and seems to be the concert as it was played.'

'Country Boy''' is the concert and what sounds to me as additional studio takes mixed in,it is a great album as well but not a Studio Master file. 

 

But anyway, both versions are very good indeed.

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I just listened to the album you mentioned and compared it to Country Boy, The Devil and Elvis Presley which (I'm not if you've heard but) is basically the same thing except with more songs and an alternative mix and imo it sound much more airy, clear and less over produced than the later which sounds less realistic and feels like it is missing some of the subtle details that I can hear in the other album..

post #138 of 141
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Royskopp "what else is there" (trentemoller remix)

 I second that! Mindblowing! Just testing my all new LCD-X, O2 amp and ODAC.

post #139 of 141

And these 2 !

 

    

 

Hugh Masekela Hope                            http://www.soundliaison.com/products-from-our-studio-showcase-series/110-batik-flac

post #140 of 141

Touch - Daft Punk

post #141 of 141

A few additions to this thread:

 

- Stereophile Test CD 2 - really cliched I know, but it has a few really useful tracks:  

     - A test of imaging, where someone is walking across the mikes while clapping their hands

     - Some warble tones done at different frequencies to taste bass response

 

- In the realm of MUSIC, I really like using Tori Amos (Little Earthquakes) - it's a female voice with a piano accompanying it - great for sussing out how "real" those sound on your system

 

- House of the Flying Dagger - some big instrumental drums, with logs of stringed instruments

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