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    the chesky ledr test is outstanding..if your system isnt good...that will point out exactly what is deficient
    Be just and if you can't be just, be arbitrary- William S. Burroughs

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    Whilst its much more important to try a system with your usual diet of music, a couple of tracks to test certain characteristics/extremes is probably not a bad thing. That track that sounds too harsh at home, the one you always want a bit more bass on, the one that just doesn't time right. Odds are they don't get played that much so they'll be fresh and if the new component/system makes you want to listen to them then that's not a bad thing.

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    Wink

    Anyone got the Chesky Cd they fancy lending me? I could offer a test tones CD in exchange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgarrish View Post
    play anything recent by U2. If it sounds good on your system, your system's shite.

    +1 How did the recording engineers get paid? Not just recent either.
    Joshua Tree - great music completely ruined.
    Go placidly amid the noise and the haste and remember what peace there may be in silence.
    Avoid loud and aggressive persons. They are vexations to the spirit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanB View Post
    +1 How did the recording engineers get paid? Not just recent either.
    Joshua Tree - great music completely ruined.
    Joshua Tree is the only U2 I like. I love Lanois though
    Be just and if you can't be just, be arbitrary- William S. Burroughs

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanB View Post
    +1 How did the recording engineers get paid? Not just recent either.
    Joshua Tree - great music completely ruined.
    Nearly. Good music ruined.

    Unlike anything by Coldplay which, in my view, is a complete and utter waste of electricity, no matter how well it might have been recorded.
    Last edited by KevinF; 01-06-2012 at 07:57 PM. Reason: emphasis by italicisation

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    ..to which I might add, lest I be thought of as always grumbling - I still think that one of my benchmark recordings on CD is Solal/Griffin, In&Out. Not to all tastes piano and tenor sax au naturel but, feck me, it is a ripper recording.

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    I know someone who uses Green Day for testing (and listening) If your system is a little harsh or OTT in the treble, Green day will show it.

    I find that Tracy chapman sounds small through small speakers. It need a big midrange driver to make her sound realistic IMO.

    If your system sounds muddy when playing Daft Punk - End of line, then you need to get some good acoustic suspension speakers or block up your ports

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    Well my system is FANTASTIC. Just tried to play U2's 18 singles.... Sounded fekkin' awful.

    RESULT.


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    I use porcupine tree, famous blue raincoat, pink floyd, and dire straits.

    if they somehow manage to play over 30 seconds without making me vomit and while inspiring me to actually live on this planet, I suspect powerful sorcery and immediately remove the gear and call an exorcist.
    Be just and if you can't be just, be arbitrary- William S. Burroughs

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