Good Music for testing Audio Equipment

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I thought Alan Parsons Project might have gotten more than a mention here. I measure any system by a 1983 original master by Andrew Powell and the Philiharmonic orchestra playing AP, because of the dynamic range, number of instruments in play and engineering
 
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213Cobra

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There are countless interesting & useful vinyl discs for assessing hifi gear. But a single convenient reference for me over the last decade has been the Thorens 125th Anniversary disc set. Three LPs, quiet surfaces; excellent pressing and mastering. Genres span classical, blues, pop vocals, R&B, jazz. It was a limited production set, so now scarce. But if you come across one, snag it. Thorens: 1883 - 2008, 125.

Phil
 
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Since I listen for different things than many... I really like ZZ Top Eliminator: 9 23774-1 . Vinyl only. If that confuses you then you are missing a lot of subtle information in your stereo. It has elements of PRAT that matters, harmonics, decay, lots of shifts in volume that most stereos aren't great at, etc. It's kinda crazy how much is actually going on in it.
 
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Since I listen for different things than many... I really like ZZ Top Eliminator: 9 23774-1 . Vinyl only. If that confuses you then you are missing a lot of subtle information in your stereo. It has elements of PRAT that matters, harmonics, decay, lots of shifts in volume that most stereos aren't great at, etc. It's kinda crazy how much is actually going on in it.
Why Vinyl Only?
 

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