Best Sounding discs....a few of my favoriteHere are a few of my favorites for the good'ol equipment testing..in no particular order
Peter Gabriel - Up (SACD)
Even the CD layer of this disc sounds incredible....great recording, and really cool phase effects on "Growing Up" On a good stereo system, that track can really produce a truly enveloping sound...almost makes you feel like you are listening to the 5.1 version of the album.
Pink Floyd - DSOTM (SACD and mofi vinyl)
DSOTM - Do I really have to explain why?
Fleetwood Mac - Rumors
See the description for DSOTM....
Most Steely Dan stuff - if you like excellent recorded yet soul-less music
KD Lang - Ingénue
"Save Me" - Absolutely one of my favorite recordings
Yo-Yo Ma - Obrigado Brazil Live in Concert
Great sounding live CD - The female singer on the second track is amazing
Bjork - Vespertine (DVD-Audio)
You don't have to be a Bjork fan to love the recording quality of this disc....plus this album is just gorgeous sounding in general with her mix of electronic and "real" instruments
Now for some other discs that would probably not get mentioned
Squarepusher - Ultravisitor
Amazing sounds on this live CD - If you can get past the crazy electronic music
Tori Amos - Scarlet's Walk
If you like Tori, this is probably her best mixed CD....the older stuff of hers are great but very raw sounding compared to this disc. I also like "The Beekeeper", but I think they hyped the low frequencies way to much in the mix.
Front 242 - Pulse
THIS CD IS AMAZING!!!!! The song "NoMore-NoMore" has this one effect on it that will absolutley blow you away. If you like electronic music....this is a must have.
Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
Great recording - The title track is a standout with Fiona's voice sounding so natural mixed with the minimal instrumentation.
Jewel - Pieces of You
I'm a sucker for minimalist production, singer-songwriter albums, and this one stands out by just sounding so naked
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - E 1999 Eternal
For hip hop records, it doesn't get much better than this......
Midnight Oil - Diesel and Dust
This album is just has a great sounding mix...nothing really stands out, so I guess that is probably the best compliment I can give it.