What CDs do you consider the best sounding to show off your highest end gear? Also best headphone CDs. Red Book only no SACD or DVD audio.
Also list any stand out re-mastered CDs.
Edited by Rock Drummer - 1/25/11 at 4:00pm
As for reference CDs for me right now, I'd say:
Muse - Black Holes and Revelations
Infected Mushroom - Vicious Delicious
Alice in Chains - Unplugged
Pink Floyd - DSOTM & Wish You Were Here
Massive Attack - Mezzanine
John Coltrane - Crescent
Deadmau5 - For Lack of a Better Name
Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde
Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
and possible Diana Krall's The Look of Love for some nice female vocals.
No need Erik. Check out the other million "reference" threads on here.
Reference tracks, CD's, LP's, etc etc.....once again DSOTM is listed by someone....WHAT VERSION!!!!!??
Nils Lofgren - Live Acoustic
Allan Taylor - Hotels and Dreamers
Supertramp - Crime of the Century (MFSL)
Eagles - Best of / Hotel California (both DCC)
Cowboy Junkies - Trinity Sessions
Tool - Aenima
Beethovens 5 & 7 (Kleiber)
The Who - Tommy (think it's the 1996 version)
Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
Dire Straits - Love over Gold
DSOTM SQ is overrated on my opinion, but that's also said a million times in different topics here
Thanks for the replies so far! Many great leads I'll check out. I can't afford SACD or DVD audio at this time.
I agree with Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms-a sonic masterpiece! Is the remastered copy any better than the original?
Keep the lists coming-I'll submit my list soon I'm looking through my collection.
try Love over Gold...
Toshiba Black triangle followed by MFSL?
Sorry mate, I didn't even consider specifying which version to recommend. I own the hybrid redbook/SACD one right now, had some other versions before, and though it is considered to be the worst, I still think that it's a fantastic sounding album.
I realize that it's been mentioned a lot, but I still genuinely believe that it's great.
Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd (1992 remaster) and Aja by Steely Dan.
I've found the 2003 30th anniversary edition of Dark Side to be aimed at modern sub-par listening environments. They boosted the bass and vocals more significantly than any other changes.
I sometimes listen to Donald Fagen's Morph the Cat to assess bass quality (not quantity) -with a great set up you can hear every nuance of the bass strings, including the contact of fingers.