Originally Posted by TwinQY
It's my attempt at conveying frustration.
Are the usual trending artists, to give an idea.
The usual suspects are usual suspects for good reasons, usually. Familiarity with the music and the recording makes it easier to judge the equipment, not the music. Common benchmarks also make it easier to compare your experiences with fellow listeners.
In addition, you would rather listen to music that you want to listen to, right? Dark Side of the Moon didn't sell millions of copies just because it's a great demo record; it's pretty good music on its own terms.
Meets are actually a great way to be introduced to new music (last week I got to hear some new Ruins I hadn't heard before), but I consider that an ancillary activity.
That said, I have hardly any of the usual audiophile standards -- A Meeting by the River (which seems to have fallen out of favor these days) is the only one that comes to mind. Ry Cooder's Talking Timbuktu but not Buena Vista.
But there's no Diana Krall, no Pink Floyd, no audiophile-label recordings aside from the above-mentioned and some Blue Nile disks belonging to my partner (thus, no Chesky, no Jazz at the Pawnshop...). Nearly the only movie soundtrack in our house is for Akira (which is fantastic music but holy poop it is SO badly mastered it makes me sad).