Try Nickel Creek.
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If you need something on CD, get the Opus 3 label's "Test CD 4" -- it is an outstanding collection from a number of their acoustic recordings with a mixture of classical, jazz and "popular" music.
Opus 3's classic "Depth of Image" LP (nla) continues to my preferred all-in-one tool to determine everything I need to know about how well a system can accurately reproduce acoustic music.
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Which Klipsch are you testing? I've got La Scalas and Forte II's and love both. The La Scala's certainly have the edge with a more natural, full and rounded bass. The bigger horns also do nicely at balancing out vocals and acoustics, whereas my Forte's can sound harsh in comparison. But without anything to compare directly to I'd still enjoy the sound of either (I guess that makes me one of those who'd "..love it..."). I sure hope your using them with tubes, as tubes and horns are a match made in heaven! Anyway, to your question: If you really want to challenge the 'harshness' of the horn sound on your Klipsch's try Patty Griffin, either "1000 Kisses", or "Living with Ghosts". Both are wonderful acoustic CD's and Patty's voice is powerful and remarkable, but can tend to sound quite harsh and will really test your system for weakness there. There are numerous acoustic CD's to really show off tube/horn combo. The suggestion of Eva Cassidy is a good one. I'll go out on a limb here and give you one that I bet not a lot of folks know much about: Deb Talon..."Something Burning"...like Patty Griffin a kind of folksy-blues, female vocalist with a guitar (great guitar playing, HDCD recording). Anything by Patricia Barber if you like Jazz vocals. And the list goes on! Good luck auditioning!!
Pierre Bensusan 'Solilai' (CBS) is a classic.
Suzi Katz (ESD 80642) the tunes are not as consistent, but I like to use it as a reference because its a great recording and her voice can strike you as fair, good, or simply amazing depending on the system used. Features Steve Tibbetts and Marc Anderson of ECM fame. Track #8 'The People' is amazing.
If you want an easy-to-find, newer release, try Alison Krause and Union Station's new double live CD. Don't be scared off by the fact that it's a live performance--it is a superb recording. If you haven't heard Alison Krause, it would be a good introduction to one of the best female vocalists anywhere. She also has a great band, especially Jerry Douglas on dobro.
Of course, you can't go wrong with Joni Mitchell's "Blue."
This is a bit of a leap as I heard this for the first time last night, but check out Brian Bromberg's "Wood". Bromberg is outstanding in these solo, duo and trio jazz arrangements of upright bass backed by piano and drums. The recording quality on first listen seemed good.
Bromberg's energetic style wrings just about everything possible out of an upright bass from the top to the bottom. The other performers were also up to the task making for a quite entertaining listen.
BTW, we also sampled Bromberg's "Jaco". It is dedicated to Jaco Pastorius and showcases Bromberg playing acoustic and electric bass. Also a quite good release, though my preference was more to "Wood."