Telarc's CD of "1812 Overture" of course. The cannon shots have bass down to 6hz!! That's s-i-x. Maybe too punishing; more like speaker abuse...
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Anyone familiar with the Dorian Recordings "sampler". There are several organ tracks on this disc, and one track in particular "Gnomus" (Not sure of the spelling) goes quite deep. Not sure how low these notes go, but suffice to say DEEP. Another album with serious Deep bass (of a funky variety) is Erykah Badu's "Baduizm" give the opening of "Rim shot" a listen. Most speakers won't handle it. Lastly, Shefield Labs "Heart beat drummers of Japan" can put out some bass with serious size to it. This bass isn't so much deep as it is increadbily large - also a good test.
Hers's a few to try:
1) MC 900 Ft. Jesus, One Step Ahead of the Spider, tracks 2 and 3,
2) Erich Kunzel, Best of on Telarc, track 20, Jurassic Lunch,
3) Blue Man Group, Audio (on HDCD), any track with the Big Drum, esp. #4,
4) Yello, Pocket Universe, tracks 5 and 10,
5) Don Dorsey, Beethoven or Bust, track 13 and Bachbusters, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, both on Telarc; track 13 on Beethoven or Bust has one of the most vicious hits I've heard.
1. tangerine dream--barryl blue. From the box set compilation. this has 2 twin lead bass guitars, plus their synthesizers at this frequency operating close by.
2. german pressing of spotlight kid by captain beefheart. "i'm gonna booglarize you" . You'll see how good your speakers do w/ this cranked up.
3. 12" import single "radioactivity" by kraftwerk. the 2 drummers and the synthesizers are low on this.
4. If you want to pay, those harry partch albums on gate 5 records feature the catharsis he built--it extends 2 octaves below the low c on a cello.
5. 12" single from 82 of "blue monday" by new order is a good one w/ that percussion and bass.
6. the 12" single from england of relax, by frankie goes to hollywood is good--make sure you have the 9 minute version.
7. 12" single from germany; "lucifer" by alan parsons project.
8. "peon" by captain beefheart from the lick my decals off baby album--you always have to get imports on the beefheart stuff.
9. 12" single from germany of van halen--running with the devil.
go to www.anomalousrecords.com and get any of the following: helmir bjorgulfsson "the opposite" (3" cd) or "discreet journey" (same artist) or toshio tsunoda's "field recordings". Mind you, this is strange, experimental, electronic music (in the 1st 2) and oddball recordings of standing waves - but the stuff goes down to the bottom of subwoofer territory. My whole house shakes when I play it!
nusrat fateh ali khan & michael brook's "night song" - amazing low-frequency information on that cd... there's also amazing bass-response on kraftwerks' "electric cafe" as a matter of fact, i had this album several years & dint realize yust how much bass there *was* on that album until i took it to audition a pair of vmps tower III's a few years back. that experience is what made me buy a pair of their larger subwoofers, which is basically the bottom end of the tower III's ...
Eurobass's Hypnotic bass CD, 6 th track has frequencies going to 5hz that you can feel like chills. All the tracks have low frequency enough for you to watch out your volume setting. Yes the Elecric cafe has great bass too, like Sedond pointed out. Other Cd I just got two days ago is ASANTE from Mapleshade.This guys plays african drums that goes really deep from track 2 and on.I have not listened in my car yet but I think it should be as low as 15 hz.
snook, this was over 10 years ago, the tower lll is not a representation of vmps' current line-up. my opinion of them was excellent dynamics, detail & tonal accuracy, w/mediocre imaging/soundstaging. however, it seems that vmps has come a long way since then, w/their use of ribbon technology & better driver layout. i have not had the chance to audition their latest, but i'd like to, & i'd be surprised if the imaging & soundstaging isn't now on par w/their other strengths.
Joysjane, Your post made me curious. I pulled my copy of the "1812" to see if there was any clue as to the frequencies. The jacket notes state "The initial "crack" of the cannon upon ignition of the powder charge (which variously lies in the 2,000 to 3,000 KHz region) and the follow-up boom (going all the way down to as low as 6 cycles) represents a phenomenal challenge fo recording engineers....". Also of interest to vinyl junkies is that this record was mastered by Stan Ricker. Thanks, Doug
Enya's 1st (Atlantic)- go to track 14 "Dany Dwr" for some low information - pleasant listening too! Recently I attended the movie Crouching T - HD and the sustained drums - I even think it was listed in the credits as "Poems from a Chinese Dream" (mentioned earlier)- are a speaker's delight (or fear). I purchased the CD but it is pale in comparison to the theatre (same problem with "Gladiator" , though not as bad). It is fairly easy to find momentary examples like the Enya item above; however, the real test of a speaker's ability lies in keeping up with the pace, not withering after minutes of onslaught, etc. Tripping the fuse on my Quad 606 told me I was pushing it! Wall mounting your vinly rig is often the only way to isolate it from those LOW vibrations!