Hahahahahaha that is classic.
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A few years back, I made a trial CDR to test almost any/every system component (need the vinyl versions for turntables).
It was one of the first recordings I tried out my new Denon AH-D500s on:
Robbie Robertson: Fallen Angel (Massively expansive sound-stage at the start, rattles the bass units, good vocal positioning)
Tanita Tikaram : Twist In My Sobriety (crystal clear female vocals with oboe behind, sublimely recorded cymbals/bass drum)
Enya : Cursum Perficio/Orinoco Flow.River (for deep bass Moog notes)
Pink Floyd : One Of These Days (The reason I wanted a hi-fi when I was 17)
Peter Gabriel : Red Rain (full spectrum recording)
Pink Floyd : Time (the clocks destroy dodgy treble reproducers)
The Enid : The Lovers (very quiet solo piano start, massive climax)
The Enid : Judgement/In The Region Of The Summer Stars (best single recoding I know for clarity and pleasure combined)
Oasis : Supersonic/Wonderwall (bass drum at start/acoustic guitar)
Pink Floyd : The Hero Returns (Dummy head recording)
Nirvana : Smells Like Teen Spirit (for dynamic range, though highly compressed, and sheer fun)
Some near the end are also for familiarity.
In fact you only need one of these:
The Enid - In the Region of The Summer Stars
I played this when I bought my first "serious" hi-fi in 1987, and no-one in the shops had heard it, but it is a mightily impressive record that tests out most aspects of music reproduction over 10 minutes or so.
Edited by windbag - 5/28/10 at 12:36pm