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  • What are your best sounding CDs?

    This is a subject of interest to me since I only listen to redbook CDs.

    Here are the ones I would say sound the best in my collection in no particular order:

    Beatles 2009 remasters
    Graceland 2012 remaster
    Clapton Unplugged
    Clifford Jordan Live at Ethel's
    Getz/Gilberto MoFi
    Santana Abraxas MoFi
    Steve Winwood Higher Love MoFi
    Dark Side of the Moon 30th Anniv. 2003
    Steely Dan Aja MoFi
    Steely Dan Gaucho German pressing
    Herbie Hancock Possibilities
    Boz Scaggs Speak Low
    Led Zeppelin 2014 remasters
    Roy Orbison All Time Greatest Hits DCC
    Elvis 24 Karat Hits DCC
    Super Session 2003 remaster
    Eagles Hell Freezes Over
    Lyle Lovett Joshus Judges Ruth
    Joan Armatrading
    Holly Cole Don't Smoke in Bed
    Dead Can Dance Spiritchaser
    Famous Blue Raincoat
    Diana Kralls
    Partricia Barbers
    Jose Carreras Misa Criolla
    Mercury Classicals

    But wait, there's more:

    Jackson Browne Pretender MoFi
    Robert JJohnson King of the Delta Blues Singers
    Beach Boys Endless Summer DCC
    Cream Disraeli Gears MoFi
    Robert Cray Strong Persuader MoFi
    Derek and the Dominos Layla MoFi
    Best of the Doobie Brothers DCC
    Eagles Hotel California DCC
    Loggins and Messina Full Sail MoFi
    Little Feat Waiting for Columbus
    Keb Mo
    Jethro Tull Stand Up MoFi
    John Lee Hooker The Healer MoFi
    Bruce Hornsby Harbor Lights
    Dave MAson Alone Together MoFi
    Who's NExt MoFi
    U2 Joshua Tree MoFi
    Stevie Ray Vaughn The Sky is Crying MoFi
    Traffic Low Spark of High Heeled Boys MoFi
    James Taylor JT Columbia SBM Gold
    Police Synchronicity MoFi
    Tears For Fears Songs From the Big Chair MoFi
    Sting Dream of the Blue Turtles MoFi
    Muddy Waters Folk Singer MoFi
    Jazz at the Pawnshop
    Willie NElson Stardust
    Rickie Lee Jones
    Rob Wasserman Duets and Trios
    Sheffield Track Record
    Dave Gruisin Discovered Again Sheffield
    Allen Toussaint Bright Mississippi
    Cantante Domino
    Auer-Delmoni-Rosen Clarity
    Casino Royale Varese Saraband
    Dave Grisman/Tony Rice Tone Poems
    Cheskys - esp. Oregon Beyond Words
    Reference Recordings
    Audioquest

    What are yours?
    Last edited by mkuller; 08-16-2016, 02:47 PM.
    Thiel 7.2s, Manley NeoClassic 250s, Wadia 850, MIT Oracle V3 speaker cables, MIT MI-350 Oracle interconnects, Black Diamond Racing Shelves and Cones in a dedicated room with ASC Tube Traps, Room Tunes and 3 X 20 amp dedicated circuits.

  • #2
    I posted these on other sites, these are discs I own and hasn't been updated in a coupla years and its completely missing classical. Don't blame me if the music is not your cup of tea, but the sonics are what we're talking about here...


    Fairfield Four - Standing in The Safety Zone
    Angelique Kidjo – Jazz a Saint-Germain
    Pedro Almodovar – Viva La Tristeza
    Wynton Marsalis – Live at the house of Tribes
    Angus & Julia Stone – Down the Way
    Jen Chapin - Revisions, Chesky (192/24)
    Mino Cinelu – eponymous
    Clifford Jordan – Live at Ethell’s
    Marcus Miller – M2
    Vital Tech Tones - VTT2
    Rachelle Farrell – individuality (can I be me)
    Greg Brown – Honey in the Lions head
    Musica Nuda – Live a fip
    Bebe - Y.
    Kodo – Heartbeat Drummers of Japan, Sheffield Lab
    Tuck & Patti – tears of Joy
    Brian Bromberg – Hands
    Christy Baron – Steppin’
    The persuasions – Sing U2
    Michael Hedges –Ariel Boundaries
    Chick Corea – Rendezvous in New York
    Bela Fleck – Flight of The Cosmic Hippo
    Thomas Dolby – the Sole inhabitant
    Guy Clark – Keepers
    Juri Honing Trio - Star Tracks
    Peter Erskine, B. Neidlinger, M. Krystall - Aurora
    Whitesnake – Starkers In Tokyo
    The Eagles – Hell Freezes Over
    Chris Jones – Roadhouse & Automobiles
    The TBM Sounds! – Ultra HD JPN
    Brian Bromberg – Wood II
    Nils Lofgren – Acoustic Live
    Mark Murphy – Love is What Stays
    Mark Murphy – Once to Every Heart
    Super Bass – Ray Brown
    Jorma Kaukonen – Blue Country Heart
    Ali Farka Toure, T. Diabate – Heart of the moon
    Guy Clark – Cold Dog Soup
    Allen Toussaint – The Bright Mississippi
    Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now
    Greg Brown – Further In
    Leonard Cohen – Live in London
    Ray brown – Live at the LOA: Summer Wind, SACD
    Shirley Horn – Here’s to life
    Jennifer Warnes – Famous Blue Raincoat 24K Gold
    Boz Scaggs – But Beautiful (Jpn)
    Christian McBride – Conversations with Christian
    Boz Scaggs – Speak Low
    Tinariwen – Tassilli
    Hans Theesink – Johnny & The devil
    Rosanne cash – 10 Song Demo
    Gotan Project – Revancha del tango
    Shirley Horn – Jazz Round Midnight
    Shirley Horn – Softly
    Shirley Horn – Loving You
    Shirley Horn – I Remember Miles
    Misty River – Live at Backgate Stage
    Shirley Horn – you’re my thrill
    Shirley Horn – May the music never end
    Xiomara – La Voz, Chesky (192/24)
    Hank Jones, Christian McBride, J. Cobb – W. of 5th
    Alison Krauss & Union Station – Live
    Mary Stallings – Fine & Mellow
    Livingston Taylor – There You Are
    Rodrigo Y Rodrigo – Live in Japan
    Boz Scaggs – Dig
    The Wailin’ Jennys – Live at the Mauch Chunck opera House
    Eric Clapton – Unplugged
    Rachael Yamagata – Happenstance
    Damien Rice – Live at Fingerprints Warts & All
    Ben Sollee - Learning to Bend
    Lyle Lovett – Joshua Loves Ruth
    Chris Jones – Smoke and Noise
    Dominic Miller - Fourth Wall
    Roger Waters – Amused to death, Mastersound 24k Gold CD
    Phil Collins - Face Value, Audio Fidelity 24k gold CD
    Hans Theesink – Songs from the Southland
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    • mkuller
      mkuller commented
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      Nice list. A few of those I used to own but never listened to them.

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      • #5
        Just about all that I did for FIM

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        • #6
          Nice list guys. Others I would add:

          Holly Cole - Tempation
          Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man (Oue/MO/RR)
          Fleck/Chen/Bhatt - Tabula Rasa (Water Lily)
          Ali Akbar Khan - Indian Archtexture (Water Lily)
          Silk Road Ensemble - Silk Road Journey
          Mickey Hart - Planet Drum, Dafos
          Min/Li - River of Sorrow (FIM)
          Kronos Sparta -> Trinity Phono -> Trinity Pre -> CH Precision A1 -> Magico S7s

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          • #7
            Here's a few that I used to listen to a bit and still occasionally bring along to shows (I know there's some overlap but still chose to list to show agreement!):

            A Meeting by the River Water Lily
            Bela Fleck: Flight of the Cosmic Hippo (the recent LP was very disappointing)
            Bill Evans: Portrait in Jazz JVC XRCD/Riverside
            Bill Evans: Sunday at the Village Vanguard JVC XRCD Riverside
            Bill Evans: Waltz for Debby JVC XRCD/Riverside
            Burmester: Sampler Discs 1-III Burmester
            Cassandra Wilson: Blue Light Til Dawn Blue Note
            Cassandra Wilson: Traveling Miles Blue Note
            David Johansen and the Harry Smiths Chesky
            Dean Peer: U Cross House House Records
            Dire Straits: BIA JVC XRCD
            Favorite Chinese Instrumentals FIM
            George Faber: It Beat Workin' Pope Music
            Euforia Mapleshade
            Eric Bibb: Just Like Love Opus 3
            Holly Cole: Don't Smoke in Bed (Alert release)
            Holly Cole: Temptation (Alert release)
            Jazz at the Pawnshop FIM XRCD/Proprius
            John Coltrane: Ballads MOFI
            John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman MOFI
            Kambara Music in Native Tongues Water Lily
            Lightnin' Hopkins: Going Away JVC XRCD/Prestige
            Livingston Taylor: Ink Chesky
            Muddy Waters: Folk Singer MOFI
            Music for the Motherless Child Water Lily (perhaps the best CD I've ever heard)
            Patricia Barber: Cafe Blue
            Patricia Barber: Verse
            Roger Waters: Amused to Death
            Pulse Classic Records
            Sara Vaughan: How Long Has This Been Going On? JVC XRCD/Pablo
            Sara Vaughan: Send in the Clowns JVC XRCD/Pablo
            Sound of Rhythm Top Music
            Tabula Rasa Water Lily
            The Art of the Ballad Mapleshade
            The Fairfield Four: Standing in the Safety Zone Warner
            The Fi/Analogue Productions Sampler
            The Flirtations: Live Out on the Road Flirt Records
            The Mellow Side of Clifford Jordan Mapleshade
            The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album JVC XRCD/Fantasy
            Tom Petty: Full Moon Fever MOFI
            Victor Wooten: A Show of Hands Compass Records
            Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
            Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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            -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
            -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
            -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
            -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
            -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
            -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
            -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
            -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
            -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
            -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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            • #8
              Originally posted by Bruce B View Post
              Just about all that I did for FIM
              Embarrassingly, I have about a dozen unopened FIM CDs sitting here. At least Heidi dusted all my CDs off last week. (Jack!)

              I did have two on my list though!
              Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
              Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
              ________________________________________

              -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
              -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
              -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
              -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
              -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
              -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
              -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
              -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
              -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
              -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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              • #9
                Pablo Aslan "Avantango", ZOHO, 2004
                Avishai Cohen's Triveni "Dark Nights", Anzic, 2014
                Ricky Fante "Rewind", Virgin 2004
                Renaud Garcia-Fons "La Linea del Sur", Enja, 2009
                Jimmy Greene "Beautiful Life", Mack Avenue, 2014
                Charlie Loesel "Westfalia", Incochee Trail Music, 2010
                Marcy Playground "Leaving Wonderland In A Fit of Rage", Woz Records, 2009
                Bill Mays Trio "Going Home", Palmetto, 2003
                Arturo O'Farrill "Live In Brooklyn", ZOHO, 2005
                Maria Rita "Samba Meu", WM Brazil, 2007
                Alfredo Rodriguez "Sounds of Space", Qwest, 2010
                Bebo Valdes & Cigala "Lagrimas Negras", Calle 54, 2003

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                • #10
                  Do all of you play your CDs in an actual physical disk player? All my CDs are immediately ripped into my server (as FLAC files) for playback. I haven't had my Marantz SA8001 plugged in for about two years. I appreciate how every improvement in digital playback system makes those CD files sound better and better. Still much prefer my LPs, but files from CD are quite enjoyable in my system now.

                  I'll have a list of some of my best sounding ones soon.
                  Steve Lefkowicz
                  Senior Associate Editor at Positive Feedback
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                  Analog 1: Linn LP12 (MOSE/Hercules II), Ittok, Dynavector 10X5 MK.II Low, iPhono2/iPowerX; Analog 2: Pro-Ject RPM-1 Carbon, Talisman S, iFi iPhono.
                  Digital: Samsung 300E5C notebook, JRiver Media Center 28, Tidal HiFi, Qobuz Studio), iFi NEO iDSD, iFi iUSB3, iPurifier2, Audioquest Jitterbug.
                  Electronics: DIY passive line-stage, Antique Sound Labs MG-SI15DT-S, Burson Timekeeper Virtuoso
                  Speakers: Tekton Perfect SET 15, Tekton Lore, Magneplaner .7
                  Interconnects: Morrow Audio MA1, Vermouth Audio Black Pearl, Audioquest Evergreen
                  Speaker cables: WyWyres Diamond, Morrow Audio SP4, Vermouth Audio Red Velvet, Audioquest Type 5
                  Digital cables: Aural Symphonics USB, iFi Gemini twin-head USB.
                  Accessories: Sound Organization turntable shelf, Mondo racks, Pangea Audio Vulcan rack, Pi Audio Group Über BUSS, Monster HTS2000 power conditioner, Kinetronics anti-static brush, Pro-Ject VC-S record cleaner, Spin Clean record cleaner.
                  Headphones: Schiit Valhalla amp, Burson Conductor Virtuoso Amp, Meze Audio 99 Classic and 99 Neo, Beyerdynamic DT770Pro 600 ohm, DT770 Studio 80 ohm, 1More Triple Driver Over Ear, 1More Triple Driver IEM

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                  • mkuller
                    mkuller commented
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                    Yes, I play my CDs on my big system. I have ripped my favorite 6700 songs from about 700 CDs to my iTunes in Lossless which I can convert to AIFF - I play those on my iPod while I'm reading through the TV system, through speakers out on the patio for cocktails and parties, at the gym or while travelling.

                  • MylesBAstor
                    MylesBAstor commented
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                    I'm lazy and either play CDs on a player or server. And yes, the RBCDs sound better ripped in DSD to the server.

                • #11
                  Wow nice list plenty for me to check out on tidal and I win plenty on the lists
                  I am down south for the weekend tired but I do have one for you guys that comes to mind.
                  Ots not available for download though. If allowed I can go onto one of my servers as load a couple of tracks on drop box for a testing taste
                  it's count Basie Kansas City shout on poblo records.
                  Its a picture of him in white orange and back. I'll post a pic later. Out now. One of the best stuff I own on pcm format and red book. I do a few others as well but I burnt out from the week. It's a must own it's very dynamic and plays low so be careful when the whole group comes in it's much louder
                  my fav track is just a dream on my mind
                  Eddie cleanhesd is one of the featured artists.
                  analog stuff.
                  otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
                  otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
                  sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
                  new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
                  thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
                  thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
                  kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
                  phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
                  speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
                  mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
                  digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
                  Dacs lampi various

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