...take 1 CD LP or 1 digital music recording to test a new audiophile friend's system...


If you are constricted by being able to take only 1 CD or 1LP or 1 digital music recording to test/listen to a new audiophile friend's system - what do you take?

My choice: FLY by The Dixie Chicks:
lots of intensity, great vocals, good instrument diversity, big soundstage; decent PRaT

Your choice?
insearchofprat
why only 1 - that is silly

so much more learned with a handful to test various aspects
Pink Floyd - (The)Dark Side of the Moon.
Happy Listening!
jjss49

I am trying to expand my diversity and appreciation of well-recorded music; I feel this limitation can get me the Best of the Best from other audiophiles by its limitation to a complete recording and it not being a single song question. We all tend to think in a group of the best singles, not the best overall recording success...

Sorry if I offered in asking this, but other "Best" inquiries I've seen fail with the same tunes over and over...

Given my parameters - jjss49: can you / do you add a recommendation?
@insearchofprat   

"  I am trying to expand my diversity and appreciation of well-recorded music; I feel this limitation can get me the Best of the Best from other audiophiles "

what album, what singer, what song, blah, blah, to test a system, to listen to on a island, with green eggs and ham , has been covered hundreds of times..

if you want suggestions of music, then visit the old threads, this is why there is a SEARCH option and make a list of what others have mentioned in their replies.




riley804

Gee man - that’s an excellent suggestion!

Thanks for your input...
Ketty Lester, Love Letters 1962 vinyl
Tonian Trio II Moon Jazz ...this is Brad Dutz, John Fumo and Randy Landas. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tony Minasian... this is a stunning recording by a top top and rather different approach engineer, showing off what Red Book can really do ...so if its truly only 1 CD for me its this one ..
Unless you are into hard rock or fusion style jazz, I would take Alison Krauss and Union Station live CD. Stunning SQ, lots of all the audiophile qualities we strive for. Musicianship is superb and her voice will test many a system for purity. SACD is even better.
I don't bring anything to "test" anyone's anything. I listen to what they have. Only times I ever brought anything was either a) way back in the beginning when I was still wet behind the ears clueless or b) once I had been a few times, knew what the guy had, and thought people would appreciate hearing something new.  

They did. 

That's what its all about: the music. Not checking off tick boxes some other dude thinks matter.
Years ago I made a CD-R of a variety of selected tracks from different recordings, each of which highlighted a particular aspect that I was interested to hear.  Much easier than carting around a stack of CDs from store to store and feeding disks in and out of the machine.
JLP, Al Dimeola, Stanley Clarke - Rites of Strings CD. One of the best produced CDs I've ever heard.

And, of course, Dire Straits Brothers in Arms 45 lp.