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The same music you use to audition any other piece of equipment. See my previous post on auditioning a $0.5 million system using regular Redbook CD:
Unfortunately, Holt’s law states that the better the music, the worse the recording, and visa versa. You have to consider good sound a pleasant surprise and bonus, not your main criteria.
Also consider Shannon’s Law, the more expensive a system is the higher the probability that it will sound bad. That’s Del Shannon, not the other one.
Connie Evingson - Gypsy in my Soul
Hallie Loren - Yuuuuge fan. Recordings are simpler but well done, don’t expect wall of sound. Live at Cotton Club
Annie Lennox - Nostalgia - Especially "I put a spell on you"
Lynne Arriale Live
Jenna Mammina - Close Your Eyes (DSD) - Voice has an honesty unlike any other. I sometimes feel ashamed to listen to such a private event as this album.
I will check out all of these albums. I've liked good music for a long time now but only recently made hifi more of a hobby since a friend introduced me to Tidal- and the vast array of high quality music instantly available. I recently ordered some upgrades to my home setup and am greatly looking forward to listening to these tracks as I break it in.
@powermd not sure if you have had any recommendations yet but here are a few from my collection that should fit your needs
any of the Paul Galbraith Bach recordings, for example the Lute Suites on Delos. This should give you a nice sense of his style
LA Guitar Quartet "Dances from Renaissance to Nutcracker" also on Delos https://youtu.be/Fh1dKL6eJdY
and on Al Segno the Trio De Cologne "La Belle Excentrique", a little harder to sourcebut extracts here
Modern guitar recordings are compressed to death. Try the old Voxbox of Manuel Barrueco--it's called something like 300 (400?) years of Guitar. This recording of his Ruck actually sounds like a guitar, and the playing is fantastic. Check out the Albeniz and Granados selections especially.
The last time I put together a system from scratch I found classical guitar to be surprisingly easy to reproduce compared to voice, string quartet, full orchestra, etc. So it would not be my first choice for a million-dollar system, FWIW.